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Why is the Red Cross holding seminars for Hamas?

August 19, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a story encapsulating all that is wrong with the Western world's approach to extremist Islamic fundamentalism.

In a report appearing in its first section, the paper revealed a startling bit of news: "Red Cross offers workshops in international law to Hamas."

That's right. The global institution, which claims that it works "to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles," is busying conducting seminars for terrorists in Gaza on how they can be, umm, more humanitarian when attacking Israel.

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Administrative detention and the assault on civil liberties

August 12, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

Something alarming happened in Israel this past week, a development so disturbing that it should arouse indignation among all who cherish democracy in the Jewish state.

With the stroke of the defense minister's pen, three young Israelis were hauled away by police, denied due process and the right to a fair trial, and tossed into prison for at least the next six months. No charges were filed against them, no evidence or witnesses were brought, and whatever fundamental freedoms they had were duly trampled upon and dispensed with.

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From Kaifeng to the Kotel: Chinese Jews in Jerusalem

August 9, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

On a brisk winter day seven months ago, three young men from Jerusalem named Moshe Li, Gideon Fan and Yonatan Xue showed up at the military induction center in Tel Hashomer to formally enlist in the IDF. Along with thousands of other young people, they were going through an Israeli rite of passage early that morning, setting aside some of the best years of their lives to protect and defend the Jewish people.

The usual mix of excitement, angst and patriotism was in the air, as parents hugged children and friends embraced one another, cognizant of the weighty step they were all about to take. Ostensibly, though, there was nothing out of the ordinary about the scene, which repeats itself a number of times throughout the year.

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Praying towards the wrong home plate

August 5, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

It was a warm summer night at Citi Field, home to the New York Mets baseball team, and the stadium was bathed in excitement.

From the game's opening pitch, the 35,374 fans in attendance, including yours truly, were electrified at the prospect of a Mets victory.

A win would complete a thrilling three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, putting the two teams in a tie for first place.

The Amazin's, as the Mets are known, do not disappoint, storming ahead in the bottom of the third inning with three dramatic home runs, each sending the crowd into a frolicking frenzy of baseball bliss.

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Recovering endangered memories from the Holocaust

July 21, 2015  •  Jerusalem Post

It is "the Three Weeks," the somber period on the Jewish calendar between the fast days of the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha Be'av, so I guess it is only fitting that I just learned the tragic fate of a previously unknown relative of mine, who perished in the Holocaust.

Prior to the Second World War, the small village of Kanczuga, located about halfway between the southeastern Polish cities of Rzeszow and Przemysl, was a speck on the map, home to just 3,000 people, of whom some 40 percent were Jews. Among them were members of the Freund family, those who for one reason or another hadn't left when my own great-grandfather had made his way to America's shores decades previously.

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