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Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas,” former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz defends Israel’s decision to launch Operation Protective Edge this summer to destroy tunnels Hamas planned to use to kidnap Israelis. The just-released e-book (RosettaBooks with Gatestone Institute), which will come out in hard cover in November, argues that the larger death toll on the Palestinian side in the war was the result of a deliberate strategy on the part of Hamas. It opens with a dedication “to all the innocent victims of Hamas’s dead baby strategy — Palestinians and Israelis alike” as well as to the IDF soldiers who died in the war. With chapter titles like, “Hamas’s Threat to Israel’s Airport Threatens a Two-State Solution” and “ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel,” the book combines chapters penned as the conflict raged, along with older writings. Prior to Rosh HaShanah, Professor Dershowitz spoke with The Jewish Week about what he terms Hamas’ “dead baby strategy,” his views on Jimmy Carter and J Street, and Israel’s methods in fighting Operation Protective Edge.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's new book makes the case for Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

IDF, Fellow Reservists Rip Refusal Letter By Intelligence Corps Members

09/14/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians.

Hamas Leaders Crawl Out Of Their Holes

In case you didn’t notice, the Hamas spokesman announced acceptance of the ceasefire at a news conference in the Al Shifa Hospital.  Why is that important?  Because many journalists covering the war in Gaza as well as the Israeli Defense Forces believe the Hamas leadership hid out during the fighting in bunkers beneath the hospital.  In other words, the doctors, staff, patients and visitors were their unwitting human shields.

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Socks?

Informal charity going to IDF poses ethical problems and facilitates scams, critics say.

08/26/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Yoni, while serving in Gaza, was assigned to the unit preparing soldiers for burial. The Israel Defense Forces didn’t issue bullet-proof vests to that unit but Yoni wanted one, even if he had to buy it himself. He asked friends in the Baltimore yeshiva community to help him with the cost — $1,534 — and they did. Oh, and there were 79 others in Yoni’s unit who wanted one, too. Within days, Jews from Baltimore raised $122,720 for 80 bullet-proof vests.

IDF Strikes Kill Three Hamas Commanders

08/20/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed three senior Hamas commanders.

Body Of Missing Israeli Lone Soldier From U.S. Found With Gunshot Wounds

08/18/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The body of a missing Israeli lone soldier from the United States was found in central Israel with gunshot wounds.

Rabbi Pens Book On Israel/Gaza Conflict In 36 Hours

Author of web-hit 'I'm Done Apologizing For Israel' compiles book on Israel's right to defend itself in less than two days.

08/14/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Menachem Creditor, a pulpit rabbi in Berkeley, C.A. and the author of several books, figured he would write another book one day.

He didn’t imagine that it would take him only one day to do it.

'The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel' is on sale on amazon.com.

1,000 Gather For Max Steinberg Memorial Service

08/13/2014 - 20:00

Fallen Israeli soldier Max Steinberg found “inner peace” in his army service, his mother told a crowd of 1,000 at a memorial service in his native Southern California.

The Lone Women Of The IDF

Of the 108 lone soldiers who made aliyah this week, half are women; criticism of IDF on their minds.

08/11/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Alissa Neubauer, wearing a white tank top, leggings and a thin silver nose-ring, stood in the sprawling baggage check-in line at JFK with her mother and grandmother. While her mother manned the luggage cart piled high with duffels, her grandmother held tightly onto her granddaughter’s arm while crying softly into a tissue.

Soldiers With Autism Bring Special Skills To The IDF

For the past few weeks, most of us have been glued to the news and social media to keep ourselves updated on the war in Israel. Some of us have friends and family in Israel, while others are torn by watching young soldiers go off to war. 

As I explored the web looking for information about the war, I came across a press release by the IDF that discusses Special Intelligence Unit 9900. This small unit includes soldiers with autism “who have remarkable visual and analytic capabilities. They can detect even the smallest details, undetectable to most people”.

Dr. Frances Victory
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