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If I Forget Thee? If I Forget Thee?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

As a recent seminar at New York's Mechon Hadar testified, throughout Jewish tradition, everyone—even the anti-Zionists—recognizes that the Land of Israel has more sanctity than any other place.  But what follows from that?
The ISI and the Jews The ISI and the Jews
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Pakistan's intelligence agency has supported Al Qaeda, Iran, and Lashkar-e-Taiba—the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008, killing six at Chabad.  But the U.S. still treats it as an ally.
Justice in a Gray World Justice in a Gray World
Monday, December 31, 2012 by Robert Nicholson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Law In These Parts, a new documentary that places the blame for Palestinian woes on Israel's military lawyers, exhibits scant awareness of history—and limited knowledge of law.
Israel’s Friends in Gaza Israel’s Friends in Gaza
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hamas was quick to declare victory in the latest conflict with Israel.   A closer look at the price it paid in terms of personnel and equipment shows that its bravado was false.
The “Married to another Man” Story The “Married to another Man” Story
Friday, October 12, 2012 by Shai Afsai | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In the introduction to his popular and influential history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Iron Wall, Oxford professor Avi Shlaim tells this story: "The publication of [Herzl's] The Jewish State evoked various reactions in the Jewish com­munity, some strongly favorable, some hostile, and some skeptical . . ."
Strategic Investment in Israel’s New War Strategic Investment in Israel’s New War
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Ronen Shoval | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Foreign governments, acting thoughtfully and strategically, fund dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that form a flourishing anti-Israel movement within Israel itself.
The Egyptian Jewish Remnant, Against Israel The Egyptian Jewish Remnant, Against Israel
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Joseph Mayton | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

CAIRO: At this upscale Cairo café, Sam and Amira, brother and sister, are the last two who would be seen as Jewish.
Adorno, Butler, and the Death of Irony Adorno, Butler, and the Death of Irony
Friday, September 28, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Irony cannot exist in isolation; something is ironic only in relation to a larger pattern of events or behavior. Every three years, the city of Frankfurt awards its Adorno Prize to honor scholarly achievement in philosophy, music, film, and theater.
Munich Misremembered Munich Misremembered
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Daniel Gelernter | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Forty years ago, on September 5, 1972, eight Arab terrorists broke into the Israeli apartments at the Munich Olympic village, murdered two athletes, and took nine hostage.  After a day of failed negotiations, aborted rescue attempts, and a shootout, not a single hostage survived.
Neologism and Nationalism Neologism and Nationalism
Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

There has never been agreement about Zionism.  Not only is the idea of Jewish nationalism controversial, the very word “Zionism” arouses unique passions, as a recent controversy highlights.
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Conspiracy of Silence Tibor Krausz, Jerusalem Report. A new book documents how “Jew” and “Zionist” have become generic insults in Muslim countries—and how Western policymakers deliberately ignore the extent of Islamic anti-Semitism.
Confessions of a British Zionist Liam Hoare, The Tower. "I am a Zionist because there is something inherently myopic, ignorant, and nasty about present-day anti-Zionism that must be confronted."
No Thanks Yossi Klein Halevi, Hartman Institute. On Yom Ha'atzma'ut, haredim are conspicuous for refusing to acknowledge the country that guarantees their survival.  But "non-haredim have also been remiss in expressing gratitude—to the haredi world."
Historic Damascus Synagogue Looted and Destroyed Yoel Goldman, Times of Israel. It is an unsurprising tragedy: The Jobar Synagogue, 2,000 years old, has been burned to the ground.  The rebels blame the government.  The government blames rebels and Zionist agents.
Iran the Peacemaker Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel. Netanyahu’s apology to the Turkish prime minister may have been a diplomatic coup by Barack Obama—or a sign of recognition by Israel and Turkey of their common interest against Iran.
The Pope's Kissinger Martin Kramer, Sandbox. As a Vatican diplomat, Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli sought to improve relations with the Islamic world.  But his signing a statement condemning Zionism in 1976 cost him the papacy.
After Chavez Uriel Heilman, JTA. The death of Hugo Chavez brings to an end a regime that cultivated hostility toward Jews where little existed before.  But Venezuela's Jews aren't breathing a sigh of relief yet. 
Apartheid Agenda Patrick Mascoe, Moment. The organizers of Israel Apartheid Week distort U.N. resolutions, conceal their identities, and deliberately ignore racial segregation in Muslim countries—all under the guise of free speech.
Alliance of Caliphates Claudia Rosett, National Review. Kofi Annan launched the United Nations’ “Alliance of Civilizations” with the aim of “bridging divides.”  Now it provides an independently bankrolled forum for Islamist anti-Zionism.
Dangerous Liaisons Meredith Tax, Dissent. Burgeoning alliances between the far Left and the theocratic Muslim Right represent "betrayals of basic socialist principle" that have "undermined struggles for secular democracy."