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Dan Markel's Meaningful Life Ends in Senseless Death

By Jay Michaelson

After a senseless death, people often speak about the person’s impact in life. That can be a truism, but in Dan Markel’s case every word is true, Jay Michaelson writes.Read More


Tel Aviv Is Under Red Alert — In Many Ways

By Haggai Matar

A group of right-wing extremists attacked a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Haggai Matar, who was there, thinks this is part of a bigger pattern of dehumanization in Israeli society.Read More


When We Stop To Really See Each Other

By Leonard Fein

The crisis between Israelis and Palestinians is also the result of dehumanization, writes Leonard Fein. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to stop seeing each other.Read More


Hamas Has Nothing To Lose — and Why That's So Dangerous for Israel

By Yossi Melman

Israel says its objectives in Gaza are limited, but that doesn’t mean it won’t turn into a quagmire, writes analysis Yossi Melman. Hamas will do everything it can to extend the agony.Read More


Why Israel Is Right To Launch Gaza Ground War To Root Out Terror

By Yossi Alpher

Is Israel justified in launching a ground war in Gaza? Yossi Alpher says yes because the IDF is acting to curb rocket fire —  and Hamas can end the war anytime it wants.Read More


Black Hats and Wigs Do Not an Orthodox Jew Make

By Avi Shafran

Why do some Orthodox Jews do things that seem so un-Jewish? Avi Shafran has an answer — they go through the motions of ritual without embodying true belief.Read More


France Must Reckon With Its Anti-Semitism Problem

By Robert Zaretsky

There’s palpaple hatred for Jews in the streets of France. Robert Zaretsky thinks it’s way past time for the nation to come to terms with this frightening problem.Read More


Why Bibi Doesn’t Want To Invade Gaza

By J.J. Goldberg

As Benjamin Netanyahu weighs a ground attack on Gaza, he has to consider Israel’s strategic interests. J.J. Goldberg explains why his internal battle with the right wing may be even more crucial.Read More


5 Ways To Turn Down the Social Media Flame

By Jay Michaelson

Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are burning up with inflaming comments about Israel and Palestine. Jay Michaelson has some tips for getting everyone to calm down a little.Read More


The Intifada Will Be Live Streamed — Is That Bad?

By Noam Neusner

If the third intifada erupts, the role of social media will be unprecedented. Noam Neusner explains who the winners will be if this uprising is waged on YouTube and Facebook.Read More





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