Yedidia Stern |
Special To The Jewish Week
Israel is celebrating 66 years of independence (May 6), an independence acquired with the blood of thousands of young men and women who gave their lives for the nation while serving in its armed forces and other security agencies. This is why we observe Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers (May 5) and Independence Day on two — consecutive and very emotional — days. Every year on these days, the pain and the joy blend together until they are indistinguishable.
Joshua Mitnick |
Tel Aviv — For decades, the topic of the Holocaust has been taboo in Palestinian society and throughout the Arab world. The most common reactions have been Holocaust denial, equating the Shoah with Palestinian injustices or simply ignoring the Nazi killing machine all together.
Unless Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has something up his sleeve, the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks last week has put the Palestinians on track to ask the United Nations for full recognition as a state in Gaza and the West Bank, and to ask the International Criminal Court to end Israeli settlement activity beyond Israel’s 1967 border.
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