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Cheapening the value of Jewish lives

April 21, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Defying any sense of fairness or logic, an Israeli military court earlier this week provided a mortifying example of why Palestinian terrorists have little to fear from the country's justice system.

Despite confessing to opening fire on a group of Jewish worshipers at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus), which left one Israeli dead and four others injured, Nuaf Auda was sentenced to just six years in prison.

The leniency of his punishment is simply incomprehensible and underlines the need for the Jewish state to take a tougher line on how terrorists are penalized for their actions.

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The perverse politicization of Passover

April 14, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Each year at Passover time, in a modern-day ritual that has become as trite as it is tiresome, the media report on new-fangled ways in which various Jews seek to imbue the festival with meaning by linking it to the latest cause célèbre.

From civil rights to gun violence to genetically modified foods, the Seder has come to serve as an uneasy platform for a variety of political causes, many of which are as suitable for the holiday as a freshly baked loaf of Wonder Bread.

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Does Israel want more Ethiopian Jews?

March 24, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

In the past five months, despite two cabinet decisions approving their aliya, not a single one of the 9,000 remaining Falash Mura, who are descendants of forcibly converted Ethiopian Jews, has been allowed to move to the Jewish state.

Although more than 80% of them have first-degree relatives in Israel, and many have been waiting 10 or even 15 years to immigrate, the beleaguered community continues to suffer in silence while awaiting redemption.

This state of affairs is absolutely intolerable and it is time for world Jewry to raise its collective voice and press Jerusalem for an immediate solution.

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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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