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OPINION Zionism conspicuous by its absence – Morning Star Online

| March 2, 2020

JEWISH 20th-century history is so often presented as one long justification for the project of Jewish national renewal, a narrative which today dominates mainstream Jewish community life and deeply influences political attitudes towards Israel by Western countries. So it is curious to see Tom Stoppards new play Leopoldstadt, which chronicles three generations of mid-European Jewish history, leaving zionism offstage. Stoppard discovered his own Jewish heritage late in life.

The Fascists are back (not where they used to be) – The Times of Israel

| March 2, 2020

Last October a well-known Holocaust denier, Nick Kollerstrom, managed to bring around the same table, quite a diverse bunch of people. There were Right-wing antisemites, such as the Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz and the conspiracy theorist Ian Fantom. And there were also Far Left anti-Zionists such as Miko Peled, a scion of a prestigious Zionist family who has recently become an advocate for civil rights for the Palestinians, which, in his case, means calling for the end of the State of Israel and attending the 2017 Labour Party conference to advocate (at a fringe event) freedom of speech for Holocaust deniers.

Bernie’s AIPAC Snub Throws Liberal Zionists Under the Bus – The Times of Israel

| March 2, 2020

I used to joke that J Street was hated by the pro-Israel establishment not because the dovish lobby group criticized Israel, but because it criticized AIPAC. For many supporters of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby is integral to their Jewish and political identities. Groups that wanted to take sides in the various internal debates roiling Israel could have at it

Aalst to America: The post-Modern, anti-Jewish Reconfiguration of the West – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| March 2, 2020

Photo Credit: Screenshot {Originally posted to the JNS website} The annual parade in Aalst, Belgium, last Sunday turned into a carnival of monstrous Jew-hatred. Participants portrayed Jews as insects topped with fur shtreimel hats and peyot (sidelocks). Others were dressed in Nazi uniforms, among other vicious Jewish caricatures, libels and insults.

Yamina relies on sectoral unity to prevent losing votes to other parties – The Jerusalem Post

| March 2, 2020

The latest election campaign for the religious, right-wing parties started in ignominy as political in-fighting and ego deeply tarnished the image of the various factions of the religious-Zionist sector. Bayit Yehudi leader Rafi Peretz tried to do an end-run around National Union leader Bezalel Smotrich, his competitor for the leadership of a consolidated, religiously conservative party list, by uniting with the far-right Otzma Yehudit. This caused consternation within Bayit Yehudi, leading to ugly scenes in its central committee meeting which resulted in physical scuffles amongst the different factions

Changing Minds One at a Time | Sheri Oz – The Times of Israel

| March 2, 2020

How do you fight all the noise, the accusations and curses hurled at anyone who dares to support Israel? How do you make people stop and think? Those attempting to combat the rabid anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism on social media know how disheartening that can be.

Three key observations on the Israeli elections – Arutz Sheva

| March 2, 2020

OpEds : 1.Twenty-eight years ago, Israel underwent aleft-wing political upsetthat dethroned the Yitzchak Shamir governmentand set upa government headed by Yitzchak Rabin in its place. This happened despite a majority of votes for the Right. The Tchiya party and the party of Rav Levinger did not pass the electoral threshold (which was relatively low at the time), wasting thousands of votes and thereby allowing the Left to set up a government and sign the Oslo accords, enabled by the non-Zionist Arab parties.

Jerusalem’s Hebrew U to reexamine collaboration with right-wing group that blacklists academics – Haaretz

| March 2, 2020

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will reexamine its policy that allows students to receive academic credit for volunteering with the right-wing Im Tirtzu organization, which has targeted left-wing groups and academics in the past. In a letter obtained by Haaretz, university legal counsel Pepi Yakirevich wrote that the decision to grant credits to students volunteering with Im Tirtzu will remain in place for the rest of the academic year, but added that a university committee would reexamine the policy and is considering narrowing the kinds of organizations for which volunteering would be recognized for credit beginning in the next academic year

It’s time for the UK to recognise that Israel is a racist, apartheid state – The National

| March 2, 2020

ANOTHER excellent article from David Pratt (The India of Modi moves further from Gandhis vision as each day passes, February 28). The UK Government may not exhibit the politics of hate to its full extent, but it is seeking to silence those with whom it disagrees. The recently announced government policy to ban BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign in support of human rights for Palestinians) is as stark an example as any

Blue and White mix message of hope with outrage in final message to voter – The Jerusalem Post

| March 2, 2020

In front of an enthusiastic and good spirited crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday night, the four leaders of Blue and White expressed in turn hope for a new political dawn. They also expressed outrage against what they portrayed as the misdeeds and offenses of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government.After fading in the polls over the last week and a half, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, Gabi Ashkenazi and Moshe Yaalon took turns to rally the crowd and energize the partys activists to regain the partys earlier momentum.If this final party rally before the election on Monday is a barometer, Blue and White has decided to persist with their warnings about the alleged threat to democracy posed by Netanyahu and his possible effort to obtain immunity from prosecution, and with a message of hope for less divisive times.MK Gabi Ashkenazi, the party member in the No. 4 slot, spoke first and berated Netanyahu, declaring We wont let hatred win; we wont let racism win.Ashkenazis tone was upbeat but his messages were that there are 48 hours to stop the lies, and that one more Knesset seat and Netanyahu will stay in power.MK Moshe Yaalon, as is his wont, denounced and condemned Netanyahu and his government, speaking in dire terms of the need to save the country and the prime ministers attempt to turn Israel into an extremist Bibistan.Yaalon declared: We have to stop Netanyahu from getting 61 MKs so that he can grant himself immunity.But then came the message of hope, and despite the crowds attentiveness to the warnings of Ashkenazi and Yaalon, the gathered attendees and activists were far more responsive to the upbeat tone of Lapid and Gantz.We are talking about hope.


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