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BDS movement infiltrates the Virginia State Bar

May 7, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

For just more than a month now, the Virginia State Bar (VSB)—which, it should be noted, is a state body working with the legal profession in Virginia—has been embroiled in a nasty political row over its apparent boycott of Israel. I say "apparent" because this hasn't been the kind of run-of-the-mill boycott row one encounters on college campuses. Leading officials of the VSB are insisting that they are not boycotting Israel and that, moreover, they were not even aware of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement until this whole unfortunate business began.

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Devastating Middle East war may start in Yemen

May 4, 2015  •  JNS/Cleveland Jewish News

Back in Roman times, Yemen went by the name "Arabia Felix," Latin for "Happy Arabia." It's hard to think of a greater misnomer for this Arab state on the southern tip of the Persian Gulf, a few miles across the water from the Horn of Africa.

The Romans had a pretty miserable time there. Aelius Gallus, who was the Prefect of Egypt in 26 B.C.E., tried to conquer the territory and was roundly defeated. Through the ages, Yemen maintained its warlike image, with its various tribes doing battle with the Ottoman Turks and the British Empire. The north won independence from the Turks on 1918, while the south remained under British rule. By 1967, there were two states in Yemen.

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Argentina's President Discovers the International Jewish Conspiracy

April 23, 2015  •  The Tower

"Everything has to do with Everything" sounds like the title of some obscure New Age manifesto. In fact, it's the headline on a disjointed article by Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in which she claims, in essence, that an international Jewish conspiracy was supporting the efforts of Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who spent more than a decade investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

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Prof. Andrew Pessin is Latest Victim of Anti-Israel Thought Police

April 19, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

Every time I learn about the latest antics of the anti-Israel thought police on university campuses, I find myself offering silent thanks that they are, for the moment, just thought police. Because if these kids and their faculty supporters ran a real police force, the pro-Israel students and academics they didn't manage to arrest would be driven underground.

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The Nisman Case and the Whitewashing of Iran

April 13, 2015  •  Commentary

Alberto Nisman was a 51-year-old special prosecutor in Argentina who had spent more than a decade investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. On January 18, 2015, his lifeless body was found in his apartment in the capital. Though Argentine authorities have since conceded that the precise cause of Nisman's death is unknown, their first reaction was to label it a suicide. But as waves of contradictory evidence emerged from the forensic examination, and as Nisman's colleagues and friends angrily disputed that this energetic jurist would have suddenly taken his own life, the suicide explanation rapidly disintegrated. The smart money is now on murder, and establishing who might have pulled the trigger rises to a level of intrigue more commonly found in the novels of John le Carré.

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