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Stop calling it the 'Old Testament'

March 8, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Recently, in an episode of the popular American television program Dateline NBC, veteran journalist Dennis Murphy repeated a stale anti-Jewish canard, one that despite its popularity is nonetheless as offensive as it is inappropriate.

"The rhetorical language you used in your email to your ex had a kind of biblical Old Testament ferocity to it," Murphy said to an interviewee, referring to messages she had allegedly sent which included phrases such as, "I hope to God you are ready for the pain I will show you." "Burn in the fiery pits of hell tonight as by God's law," read another.

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Operation Menashe 2017 is underway

February 26, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Last week, less than a month shy of his 50th birthday, Lyon Fanai fulfilled a dream he had been nurturing for as long as he could remember. After an arduous journey across multiple time zones and spanning more than two millennia, Fanai and his beautiful family arrived safely in Israel, part of a group of 102 Bnei Menashe who made aliya from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

And thus began Operation Menashe 2017, which was launched by Shavei Israel, the organization I founded and chair, in conjunction with Israel's Absorption Ministry.

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Europe's occupation hypocrisy

February 9, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

After Monday's passage of the law aimed at regulating certain land issues in Judea and Samaria, Israel's ostensible friends in Europe wasted little time before lambasting the Jewish state in remarkably harsh terms. Mustering all the vitriol at their disposal, which appears to be boundless when the subject is Israel, the leaders of the Continent went on a rhetorical rampage that was as obscene as it was offensive.

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Amona shall rise again

February 2, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

As the security forces descended on Amona on Wednesday with orders to expel the town's Jewish residents, it was hard to overlook the bitter irony of the move's timing. For it was precisely 11 years ago, on February 1, 2006, that then-prime minister Ehud Olmert carried out the destruction of the Amona community in a whirlwind of violence and bloodshed that shocked the nation.

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The silent screams of Inquisition victims in Sicily

January 19, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Towering over the Piazza Marina near the sea in Palermo, Sicily, stands an ornate medieval structure that conceals within its walls chilling evidence of one of the darkest chapters in European history.

With its crenellated walls and imposing fortress-like architecture, the Palazzo Chiaramonte, or Steri Palace as it is better known, is one of the coastal city's most prominent sites, a place drenched in a torment that many would prefer to forget.

From 1601 to 1782, the site served as the headquarters of the "Holy Inquisition," an institution that used decidedly unholy means to hunt down suspected heretics, sectarians and of course secret Judaizers, or crypto-Jews.

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