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11/13/2015 | | Opinion

Forty years ago this past week, the world witnessed the low point in the United Nations’ past, and a high mark in the history of statesmanship which still inspires us in the present.  When the UN voted to condemn the national aspirations of the Jewish people to live in our historic homeland as a form of racism, it earned a badge of shame that it continues to bear to this day.

11/13/2015 | | Opinion

On November 11, 500 activists and diplomats gathered in the United Nations to turn history on its head, to re-right – and partially rewrite – a wrong from 40 years earlier. The Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, the Chaim Herzog Public Council, and the AJC co-sponsored the event, marking the 40th anniversary of the Zionism is Racism resolution, Resolution 3379. This extraordinary ceremony at UN Headquarters in Manhattan taught that sometimes good triumphs over evil, or at least wins some battles.

11/13/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

With this week’s commemoration of Kristallnacht, the large-scale Nazi-orchestrated pogrom in Germany, on Nov. 9, 1938, that targeted all remaining Jewish small businesses and Jewish homes, torched hundreds of synagogues, and sent over 20,000 Jews to concentration camps — let us reflect on the underlying causes that led to this horrific event and its implications for today.

11/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Watching “Antique Roadshow” on PBS the other night, I was intrigued by one of the items on display. It was a doll someone had inherited, which the show’s expert evaluated at several thousand dollars in today’s market. It had been manufactured, he said, in the early 1900s, by Kammer & Reinhardt, a well-known German doll-making company, in business from 1886 to 1932. It was the cutoff date that caught my attention — could this have been a Jewish company that closed down as the Nazis rose to power? The company’s logo on the doll’s back confirmed my suspicion. It showed the initials K and R separated by a Star of David. That star set my mind racing. Did the company’s owners end up wearing the proud symbol of their firm as the oppressive yellow star that marked Europe’s Jews during their darkest days?

11/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The Israel/Palestine divide needs some new thinking. Not that new thinking is an automatic panacea, but it offers the possibility of a different approach helping to open new pathways.

11/04/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The terrible rise of violence in Israel and the West Bank over the past month has been heartbreaking. Quite apart from the immediate sadness of the deaths and injuries, the incitement from both sides has sharply brought in to focus just how far Israelis and Palestinians are from being able to reach a peace agreement. The violence, combined with the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, as well as weak and ineffective Palestinian leadership, puts hopes for peace at their most distant in twenty years.