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Dear Social Justice Warriors: Your Religion Is Progressivism, Not Judaism
+Liel Leibovitz, +Tablet Magazine 

As a Jew, I practice Judaism.

Is that a dim-witted statement? I apologize; it’s just that so many of our brothers and sisters these days make a point of telling me that, as a Jew, I ought to do this or that or the other thing. As Jews, thunder the young activists, we should embrace the Black Lives Matter platform even as it singles out the Jewish State, alone among the world’s nations, for calumny and outrageously accuses it of genocide. As Jews, lectures the doctoral candidate, we should reject Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, the single engine driving our people to the brink of disaster. And to hear the columnist tell it, we should even, as Jews, rise against the French ban on “burkinis,” the full-bodied wetsuit some Muslim women choose to wear for modesty’s sake while bathing at the beach. These are all stirring causes worthy of consideration. They have, however, absolutely nothing to do with the fundamentals of our faith. 

...Don’t get me wrong: I take no inherent issue with progressive values, nor do I believe that they’ve positively no place in Judaism. But progressive values—or conservative convictions, or libertarian streaks, or any other variety of ideological sentiments—have no place in religion unless they spring, exclusively and clearly and forcefully, from theology. Otherwise, the City of God and the City of Man become one and the same: a dull and loud place in which no spirit can ever soar.

It’s time we ended this farce. Those of us who find little use for Judaism except as a stage on which to perform the pageantry of progressivism should kindly take a bow and leave for other precincts that better suit their interests. They do the rest of us no favors by sticking around and insisting that we contort our beliefs to mean nothing more than whatever political agenda happens to be fashionable at the moment. The rest of us, those still interested in being Jews, will do what those still interested in being Jews have done for millennia: We’ll continue to find new and meaningful ways to grapple with the questions of our faith. Our answers will be diverse. Some of us will emerge with a thirst for reform; others, with insights into old traditions. Some will find joy in Orthodoxy; others, meaning in the Renewal movement. But all of us who remain should take three vows: to engage with Judaism on its terms, not our own; to refrain from arguing that this engagement somehow gives us the authority to make claims on anything but the faith itself; and to have the intellectual and moral decency to realize that while political and theological questions sometimes converge, they are never, at their essence, the same questions. As Jews, there’s really nothing else we ought to do.

Read the whole thing: http://bit.ly/2bkovlp

Below: Photo courtesy of Jews Voice for Peace/Facebook & JFREJ/Facebook

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It's very depressing when Jews think that Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) means fighting for the rights of others and not Jews. Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Mark Rudd, Karl Marx, the list is almost endless. What a sad, sad thing. 
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As the Arab World Crumbles, New Alliances Emerge
Hamas, Islamic State and Iran have brought about what was once thought impossible
+Mordechai Kedar, +arutz sheva 

...In the past, the United States was a stabilizing factor that preserved the political systems in the region, but it has decided to step back and leave the area ripe prey for Iran, Sunni Jihadists, Turks and lately the Russians who have arrived to secure their own interests. Sadly, those who suffer most from this maelstrom of problems are peaceful citizens who once suffered under dictatorships and now suffer under Jihadist swords. They are fleeing en masse to Europe.

Israel can be accepted more easily while the Arab world is In this miserable situation because it does not pose a threat to any nations except the two terrorist mini states that have arisen in the Middle East: the Gazan Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah. Islamic State will also be a potential target for Israel from the second that its territory reaches any Israeli border, so that Israel has been transformed from being a problem to being a solution to problems.

...In the current situation, now that Israel has switched from being the problem to being a solution, relations with Israel have ceased to be an embarrassment and many countries, both Arab and non-Arab, do not deny that they have some sort of relations with the "Zionist Entity."

The other challenges, the real ones, threaten the very existence of any political order in the Middle East and countries in the region and outside it understand that Israel is the one to rely on for stability.

Considering all that, it is most definitely strange that there are still people in this world who believe that establishing a Palestinian Arab state is a positive and necessary step, despite the inevitability of it soon becoming another Hamas state.

Read the whole thing: http://bit.ly/2bUbgcu

Below: Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukri and Netanyahu

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Wait. The Arab world is crumbling ? Oh, what a pitty LOL.!
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Israel, India Team Up to Cure Cancer
+David Shamah, +The Times of Israel 

Days after the Technion announced that a team led by Nobel Prize laureate Professor Aaron Ciechanover had discovered how proteins could be used to suppress cancer and control tumor growth and development, the institute revealed that it had entered into an exclusive agreement with India’s Sun Pharmaceuticals — the world’s fifth-largest specialty generic pharmaceutical company and India’s top pharmaceutical company.

Under the agreement, researchers from the Technion and Sun will conduct studies on how high concentrations of two proteins can protect tissue from tumors. A study published in the medical journal Cell this week discussed how the proteins can suppress malignancies.  

Keep reading: http://bit.ly/2c0PtD5

Below: President Reuven Rivlin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 29, 2015 (photo credit: Courtesty Tomer Reichmann)

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Beating Around the Bush
Guy Morad, The Israeli Cartoon Project

More from The Israeli Cartoon Project: http://on.fb.me/1P0ZLML

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Why Israel Has Checkpoints and Roadblocks

Link: http://bit.ly/2bLfMgd

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Black Lives Matter and Self-Hating Jews
Joseph Telushkin, +Tablet Magazine 

Between 1939 and 1945, one-third of the Jewish people in the world were murdered. That was genocide. And since Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 in a war of self-defense, the Arab population in these two areas has gone from just over a million to well over 4 million. That is not genocide. If anything, it’s a population explosion.

Why is it worth mentioning this demographic data? Because the recently released manifesto of the Black Lives Matter movement, a movement set up to address the issue of innocent black men who have been shot by police officers, includes a broadened agenda denouncing Israel, the Jewish homeland, for practicing “genocide” against the Palestinians.

...So what about those Jews who are willing to accept the language of the Black Lives Matter manifesto accusing Israel of genocide without demanding that this language be dropped? What they are doing, I believe, is profoundly immoral. They know that what is being said about Jews is a lie—a fiction not one whit less vicious than the blood libel—but it would appear that they simply don’t care enough about truth and their fellow Jews to challenge it and insist that it be deleted.

...I don’t want to see black people harassed or shot, and I don’t want to see Jews maligned. Unfortunately, those self-hating Jews and ex-Jews who are now trying to hijack the Black Lives Matter movement and turn it into an anti-Israel hate movement only agree with half of that statement.

Read the whole thing: http://bit.ly/2bljwE2

Below: Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement march through the streets of central London, England, July 10, 2016(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

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Self-Hating Jews. A term I can definitely get behind. I was once a hippy-dippy Commie Leftist myself. As John Cleese's character said in Holy Grail, "I got better."
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The New Normal: Today’s Arab Debate Over Ties with Israel
David Pollock, +Fikra Forum 

A recent spate of reports in major Arab media about official and other contacts with Israelis -- including very widely publicized Saudi and Egyptian visits to Israel in the past month – is generating renewed regional debate over the pros and cons of this phenomenon. Much of this debate, however, obscures one key point: Arab contacts with Israel, far from being brand new, actually have a very long history, with many ups and downs along the way.

...All of this raises a delicate question: Is this revived movement toward some kind of dialogue leading toward peace with Israel just a policy of certain Arab governments, or perhaps of an elite fringe? In other words, does it enjoy any grassroots support? Here the evidence is surprisingly clear, and also surprisingly positive. While Arab publics overwhelmingly dislike Israel (and Jews), solid majorities in most recent surveys, on the order of 60 percent, nevertheless voice support for a “two-state solution,” which implies peace with the Jewish state. And they do so even when the question is worded to call explicitly for peace with Israel, or for abandoning the struggle to liberate all of Palestine. The exception that proves this rule, ironically, is the Palestinian public in the West Bank and Gaza, where support for a two-state solution has lately fallen to just below the halfway mark.

The combination of data points suggests that the majority support for eventual peace with Israel reflects not affinity but the converse: common enemies, and therefore common interests. Those include common concerns – as measured in the same surveys – about jihadi terrorism; about Iranian aggression, subversion, and nuclear weapons; and about perceived flaws in American policies toward all those issues.

As far back as 2010, even before the Saudi-Iran proxy wars in Syrian, Yemen and elsewhere, a reliable private poll showed that one-fourth of the Saudi urban public supported quiet military cooperation with Israel against the Iranian nuclear threat. And in the past two years, polls not only in Saudi Arabia but also in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and the UAE show that “the Arab street” is much more concerned about the conflicts with Iran, with Assad, and with Daesh than about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The conclusion is clear: today a broader regional approach to Arab-Israeli peacemaking, rather than a strictly bilateral Israeli-Palestinian one, offers somewhat better prospects of success – whether at the official, elite, media, or even popular levels. Normalization with Israel remains controversial in Arab circles, but it is no longer taboo. For an increasing number of Arabs, the Israeli “enemy of my enemy” may not be a friend, but could become a partner. The next U.S. Administration would do well to ponder this unaccustomed situation, and to adjust its policies accordingly.

Read the whole thing: http://bit.ly/2bTMM49

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How Israel is Rewriting the Future of Cybersecurity and Creating the Next Silicon Valley
+Jason Hiner, +TechRepublic  

...Since the rise of the personal computer, Israel has been quietly making major contributions to the technologies that are transforming humanity and giving people tools to solve age-old problems in powerful and exciting news ways. And, these contributions to the global technology ecosystem have accelerated in the past two decades.

Israel was one of the progenitors of the PC revolution in the 1980s when Intel's lab in Haifa designed the 8088 chip that powered the original IBM PC. Intel's Israeli team later created the Pentium chip that helped spread PC computing to the masses.

In the middle of the last decade, Intel's innovators in Israel pushed past objections from their U.S. counterparts and got the company to focus on power-conservation rather than raw speed and delivered the Centrino chip that fueled the growth of laptops. Then the Israelis pioneered multi-core processors to deliver Intel's groundbreaking Core product line that turned Intel around at one of its most difficult moments. Now, it's the Israeli team at Intel that is leading the company's charge into mobile processors.

The world's most important tech companies run Israeli research centers, including Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Oracle, SAP, EMC, Motorola, HP, Facebook, and eBay. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously said that Microsoft was an Israeli company almost as much as an American company since Microsoft has so many workers in Israel and the work they are doing is so important to the company's future.

...Israel has been dubbed "The Startup Nation" because it has the highest density of startups per capita in the world—one for every 1,844 citizens (or 2.5 times the U.S. rate). More Israeli companies are listed on the NASDAQ than from all European companies combined. Israel ranks third in the world for venture capital availability and second in the world in the availability of qualified scientists and engineers. Yet, this is a tiny country with roughly the same land mass as New Jersey.

It is a long article, covering many different aspects of Israel, cybersecurity and technology so...

Read the whole thing: http://tek.io/2bklVfv

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If you're looking for the rise the next Silicon Valley, the place to watch is the Negev region in Israel. Its new cybersecurity juggernaut is breaking new ground in public-private partnership.
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Preparing for the Campus Battle
+Yaakov Kirschen, Dry Bones

Kirschen references an article in the Connecticut Jewish Ledger:

Amid rise in campus antisemitism, pro-Israel students prepare for challenging year ahead
By Sean Savage/JNS.org

For most students, the dog days of August are one final chance for summer traditions such as hitting the beach or visiting national parks with their family before heading back to campus. For dozens of pro-Israel college students, however, learning about ways combat increasing campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activism was their focus during summer’s final weeks. Over 80 college students from nearly 70 campuses around the world attended the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America’s (CAMERA) student conference in Boston, Massachusetts August 7-10. [Keep reading: http://bit.ly/2bls39T]

More Dry Bones: http://bit.ly/1BYp6Ba  

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Bring Your Kid to Work Day
Guy Morad, The Israeli Cartoon Project

More from The Israeli Cartoon Project: http://on.fb.me/1P0ZLML

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The Hot Arab Summer in the West Bank
Pinhas Inbari, +Jerusalem Center 

The anarchic conditions in Nablus are growing. At present, the Palestinian Authority security forces are showing signs of disintegration, ceasing to function as an official force, and taking on the attributes of militias. Moreover, the danger of the settling of accounts through blood revenge is likely to spread from one area to another. In Nablus, for example, a PA security man from Hebron was shot to death by the Fatah Tanzim in Nablus. The PA had tried to use forces from other regions, overstepping various districts’ jurisdiction, and the villages of Hebron are now likely to seek revenge in Nablus.

As revenge for the killing of two policemen at the end of the week, security men in Nablus pummeled to death a wanted Fatah member who himself was once a Palestinian policeman. This is the first case in which the PA has admitted its involvement, but there were two other cases last week in which the families of fatalities blamed the PA, which denied responsibility.

There are also incidents of vandalism, arson attacks on cars, shootings during daylight hours, and blocking roads with burning tires.

The PA knows that if it does not do something, the West Bank will revert to the rule of hamulas [clans], and the PA itself will disintegrate. Hence it has transferred large forces to Nablus. So far, though, they have been reluctant to enter the refugee camps – the stronghold of the violent, well-armed Fatah.

Keep reading: http://bit.ly/2bksVJn

Below: Palestinian Authority forces in Nablus.

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Internal tensions continue in Palestinian cities. - The Hot Arab Summer in the West Bank - Pinhas Inbari
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    2003 - present
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Blogging About Israel
Introduction
When I am not blogging at Daled Amos, I am sharing articles and the great posts of others on my account on Google Plus.

I write about the Middle East in general and about Israel in particular -- especially about issues affecting Israel in the Middle East and how Israel is impacted by policy in the current Obama administration. 
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  • Columbia University
    Comparative Literature, 1976 - 1980
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    One Year Program, 1978 - 1979
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