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Hate Crimes: US Lynches the Facts

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Which racial or religious “hate crimes” do you choose to identify? And which do you not? That is a question with which the US government and wider society seem to be struggling. In the process, they are revealing far more about their own worldview than they can possibly intend.

Since the beginning of this year, we have...

As California Goes...

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I recently had the upmost pleasure of spending a few days at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Miserable weather in New York made a tremendous effort to keep me from flying to California, but somehow I made it to beautiful Isla Vista, nestled between the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

As a former soldier of the Israel Defense Forces, I wanted to aid the pro-Israel student community in California answer any questions students had concerning Israel and its military, and encourage them to stand up for Israel on campus. I was happy to see a vibrant interest regarding Israel amongst students at UCSB, and a general willingness by...

Crude Interference: If You Can’t Win in Jerusalem, Try Paris or Washington, D.C.

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US House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on the question of Iran is a crude interference in Israeli election politics.

The speech, scheduled just two weeks before the Israeli elections, looks like payback for the Bibi’s efforts to round up the Jewish vote for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and defeat Barack Obama. The announcement and acceptance of the invitation this week, which Boehner’s office reportedly confirmed, takes place at a moment when the Prime Minister’s standing in the world community—and most especially in the United States—is one of the largest issues of the...

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