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Trump should demand an end to the Arab boycott of Israel

October 13, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Two months ago, for the second time since Donald Trump entered the White House, the US Treasury Department published a brief notice that warrants serious attention as well as immediate action by Washington.

As required by US law, the Treasury released a quarterly "list of countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott."

The list, which appears in the Federal Register (Vol. 82, No. 147), consists entirely of nine Arab countries which continue to implement various aspects of the Arab League boycott of Israel. They include failed states such as Libya and Syria, but also ostensible US allies such as Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Israel's Sandy Koufax

October 5, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Friday afternoon, as millions of Jews worldwide were preparing themselves for the onset of Yom Kippur, Israeli tennis star Dudi Sela found himself standing on a court in Shenzhen, China, leading his opponent in the middle of a critical match.

After a nine-month drought, Sela had finally made it to the quarterfinals round in an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament, earning not only greater prestige but also the promise of greater rewards should he advance.

But as the hands of the clock inched forward, and the sun began preparing to set, Sela did something that can only be described as truly remarkable.

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Palestinian human rights and wrongs

September 14, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

After more than two decades, one of the most underreported stories in Israel is at last beginning to garner the attention that it most assuredly deserves.

Thanks to a groundbreaking decision by the Jerusalem District Court in July, the sordid saga of the Palestinian Authority's treatment of alleged "collaborators" with the Jewish state is finally coming to light, and the picture is anything but pretty.

In a detailed ruling that is nearly 2,000- pages long, Judge Moshe Drori unambiguously concluded that more than 50 Palestinian plaintiffs could sue the Palestinian Authority in Israeli courts for their detention and mistreatment at the hands of the Palestinian security forces.

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Israel must reach out to lost and hidden Jews

September 1, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

In the coming months, a government report will be released that will mark an historic turning point in how the State of Israel relates to people with Jewish roots.

Compiled by a special committee established by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry, the document is said to recommend a number of measures aimed at strengthening the bond between the Jewish state and millions of descendants of Jews around the world who are no longer considered Jewish.

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Time for Trump to follow in the footsteps of Cyrus the Great

August 24, 2017  •  Jerusalem Post

Today marks precisely 215 days since Donald Trump raised his right hand and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

One of his first acts in office was slated to be no less than a milestone event in modern Jewish history, a deed that his predecessors had the courage to promise but not to pursue.

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