University of Illinois presentation “’instead of fostering dialogue, incited division, distrust and anger”

University of Illinois Chancellor Condemns ‘Anti-Semitic Content’ in Housing Staff Meeting Presentation
by Aaron Bandler
October 14, 2019

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Robert Jones condemned the “anti-Semitic content” featured in a presentation during a Sept. 25 housing staff meeting as well as a swastika found on campus on Oct. 7. According to Jones’ Oct. 9 email to university members, a student-worker gave the presentation “in a regularly scheduled, staff development program on diversity for Housing Resident Advisors that included 11 other student-employees and one full-time staff member.” The presentation, titled “Palestine and the Great March: Palestinian Resistance to 70 Years of Israeli Terror,” equates Israel with South Africa apartheid and describes Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas 2014 as an “assault on Gaza.” READ MORE

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“Retreating and abandoning allies may not be the optimum strategy”

How not to end endless wars
by Clifford D. May
October 16, 2019

Whatever might be said about Donald Trump, I always figured him for a savvy New Yorker who knew a good deal when he saw one. A prime example was in Syria where the commander in chief, despite understandable misgivings about foreign entanglements, had deployed a small contingent of highly skilled troops to accomplish a mission vital to America’s national security. In military jargon, President Trump was employing “economy of force.”…“We need an end to endless war,” Rand Paul has said repeatedly. Senator, I feel your pain, but the reason we have an “endless war” is because we have enemies who are patient and determined, and encouraged by the knowledge that Americans like you are neither. READ MORE

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Brig. General Kuperwasser: “The depth of the U.S. commitment to Israel is very different from its commitment to the Syrian Kurds”

‘Entry of radical Islamist forces into northern Syria is disturbing,’ ex-Israeli intelligence official says
by Yaakov Lappin
October 15, 2019

Israel has been closely monitoring Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria in recent days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Turkish invasion on Oct. 10, stating that Israel “warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” and that “Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.” However, Israel’s concerns with regard to the Turkish operation extend beyond Ankara’s conflict with the Kurds. Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate’s research division…stressed that Turkey had launched its offensive with “problematic, radical forces, who are exploiting the U.S.’s wish to leave this area.” READ MORE

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Gal Gadot to portray Irena Sendler, Warsaw Ghetto hero

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Joins Husband in Producing ‘Irena Sendler,’ Will Star in Title Role
by Hana Levi Julian
October 13, 2019

Entertainment industry website Deadline reported exclusively this weekend that Israeli actress Gal Gadot is teaming with her producing partner and husband Jaron Versano to form a new production company called, “Pilot Wave.” The company’s first project will be “the fact-based historical thriller Irena Sendler,” with Gadot starring in the title role for Warner Bros…Their film, Irena Sendler, will tell the real-life historical tale of the courageous woman who cared for and worked to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. READ MORE

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“Right-wing anti-Semites see any accusation of anti-Semitism as a Jewish conspiracy to take away the rights of whites, while left-wing anti-Semites sees the same accusation as an attempt to silence Palestinians”

I Was Protested At Bard College For Being A Jew
by Batya Ungar-Sargon
October 12, 2019

…When the conference began Thursday morning, I was warned that protesters from the Bard chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine planned to interrupt my panel with Wisse and Mor. I was surprised they were not targeting the one on Zionism, but the one on anti-Semitism, the only panel of about 20 over the course of the two-day program where three Jews would be discussing the topic. “But we’re not even talking about Israel,” I said to the conference organizers. “How does that make sense?”…READ MORE

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“‘How dare you say you’re Jewish. You aren’t Jewish’”

Rabbinate DNA tests seek Jewishness in the blood, become a bone of contention
by Marissa Newman
October 7, 2019

For many who arrived in Israel in the 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union — some from communities decimated by the Holocaust — obtaining such authentication can be an impossibility. But without the stamp of approval from the rabbinate, they cannot legally marry, divorce, or be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Israel.READ MORE

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Let our candidates lead by example “before they lecture the country on carbon emissions, gun ownership, and ‘white privilege’”

Our Privileged Scolds
by Victor Davis Handon
September 24, 2019

So upset are our woke progressive candidates that they insist that the rich, the privileged, the white, and the native-born must now pay ever more penance. Amid such acrimony is an inconvenient truth, though one that remains utterly unspoken: Most of those on stage who are so livid at the exploitative “system” have become wealthy and quite privileged through it — especially since they have spent so much of their adult lives gaming supposedly poorly compensated political service. READ MORE

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