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Nothing called a ‘Palestinian people’ in 1917 says Palestinian historian

"Before the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) when the Ottoman rule ended (1517-1917), Palestine's political borders as we know them today did not exist, and there was nothing called a Palestinian people

Administering the Temple Mount Is a Privilege, Not a Right

The administrative management of this place of worship, holy for Judaism and Islam, should provide hospitality, dignity, and security to all law-abiding visitors and sincere worshippers respectful of the place, without religious, racial, or political discrimination.

Rabbi Meir Kahane: Noble And Iconoclastic Firebrand

A tribute to the great Rav and longtime columnist for the Jewish Press. May his memory be a blessing and may we learn from his prescient teachings.

Yoni Hikind to the Rescue

Yoni Hikind's yeshiva was the perfect fit for boys that didn't seem to fit anywhere else.

Iran’s war, America’s shame, in Kurdistan

For all of Trump’s bluster about Iran, he chose appeasement; thus the Kurds are plunged into crisis once more. The current plight of the Kurds is nothing other than a Western, and especially American, disgrace.

Will Palestinian Reconciliation Reduce Hamas’ Cash Flow?

The primary reason Hamas agreed to the reconciliation deal with the PA was its desire to shed responsibility for Gaza’s civilian needs so it could resume focusing on its military wing.

UN launches ‘Unprecedented’ $1.3 billion anti-Israel Legal Campaign

The UN and the PA recently signed an accord promising that the U.N. will advise the PA how to hold Israel accountable for alleged violations of international law. The document will come into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Happy New Year!

Turks, Arabs Welcomed the Balfour Declaration

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict evolved in spite of the Balfour Declaration, not because of it.

Why Are Former State Department Officials Who Pressured Israel Speaking At A Zionist Event?

The Balfour Declaration affirmed the Jewish right to the Land of Israel. Yet lead conference speakers, Miller and Ross, have devoted much of their professional lives to undermining and restricting Israel’s rights to Jerusalem and Judea-Samaria.

The Torah Legacy Of Rabbi Nosson Scherman

A compilation of essays that originally appeared as overviews to ArtScroll’s commentaries on the Book of Bereishis, all authored by one of the greatest Torah commentators of our time, Rabbi Nosson Scherman.

Focusing On Jewish Continuity In An Age Of Uncertainty

The author shares a needed dose of reality. "We’ve neglected to pass along a critical component of living as a Jew: Life doesn’t come with guarantees."

A Friend In Need…

With Avraham’s circumcision and their divine covenant--bris--established for all time, there was no longer a relationship of "formailty," between Avraham and HaShem, there was a new intimacy--a friendship.

Yes, That Cartoon of Me Was Anti-Semitic

Not surprisingly, it was only an op-ed writer for the Forward who not only denied that the imagery was anti-Semitic, but actually justified it. Would the Forward publish an op-ed that justified comparable images of women, blacks or gays?

Why Don’t Media Treat Islamist Terror Attacks Like White Supremacist Terror Attacks?

Isn’t radical Islam just as horrifying as white supremacism? And isn’t white supremacism just as statistically non-representative of Confederate flag-owners throughout the South as radical Islam is of observant Muslims across the country?

Palestinian Normalization — With Hamas, Not Israel

Why do many Palestinians prefer peace with Hamas? Because they identify with Hamas's dream of destroying Israel and killing Jews. It may be an unpleasant a truth, but that is the bottom line.

The Beauty Of Jewish Unity

After each Yom Tov, we walk away with a renewed connection to our families that carries us over from festival to festival, from year to year, generation to generation.

An Anti-Semitic Caricature of Me Generates No Criticism from Berkeley Hard Left

For these radicals, it is not about what Israel does; it is about what Israel is: the nation state of the Jewish people. To many on the hard left, Israel is an imperialistic, apartheid, genocidal, and colonialist enterprise that must be destroyed.

Just What Were The Jews Doing in Then-Palestine Before The Balfour Declaration?

The Balfour Declaration was not addressed to a foreign group, giving them permission to enter the land. On the contrary, it was recognition of what Jews -- who have an indigenous connection to the land -- had already accomplished and would continue to develop.

Commemorating the ANZAC Liberation of Beersheba

800 Australian light horsemen attacked Beersheba brandishing bayonets, galloped directly into machine-gun fire, many dismounting and engaging in hand-to-hand combat, surprising the Turks who did not imagine that the Australians would act so brazenly

The Enemy of My Enemy

Due to the international animus against us, it is time for Israel to overcome inhibitions and intensify efforts to actively seek out alliances, with nondemocratic states or even those whose viewpoints on various issues we strongly oppose.

Who Is Trying to Stall the Greater Jerusalem Bill?

Bibi throwing his coalition issues back at Trump may work in the short-term, but Israel’s need to move forward in annexing municipalities in order to properly administer the Jewish population in and around Jerusalem will not go away

Israel Must Recognize An Independent State of Kurdistan

Israel should pro-actively support the legitimate aspirations of the oppressed minorities – the indigenous peoples – of the Middle East and North Africa, like the Kurds and Berbers, and build alliances with them.

Names, Shames, Stereotypes, And Blames

My name. “Harvey” has been getting a bad rap in the media lately, but it doesn’t bother me because I know wiser minds look at the person behind the name rather than the name itself.

An Open Letter to George Washington’s Parish

Perhaps those who believe George Washington makes them feel "unsafe" are ignorant of how his positions on slavery evolved.

Turn That Frown Upside Down

The Orchot Tzaddikim writes that when we do a mitzvah with a smile, it is worth a thousand times more than when we do it without one. So, with an easy and pleasant investment, the reward is immense

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