Game of Thrones or Avengers: Endgame – Which Is More Jewish?

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Endgame offers the more enticing fantasy: that the murdered can return. The ultimate post Holocaust wish-fulfillment. But the Night King’s all-out assault on memory resonates strongly too.

Be warned: This column contains spoilers.

Game of Thrones’ current series and Avengers: Endgame are the unavoidable blockbusters of the moment. They’re already iconic artefacts of pop culture and our zeitgeist. Neither of them have Jewish characters, and neither, you might be forgiven for thinking, have consciously Jewish messages either. But that just means you haven’t dug deep enough.
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Why So Many Israelis Won’t Condemn the Carnage in Gaza

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Out of exhaustion, complicity or alienation, we increasingly defer to the endless spin of our arrogant leaders. We’ve stopped asking ethical questions about our responsibility for the death and despair in Gaza.

To the victor go the spoils, but also the moral dilemmas. And Monday’s events – the U.S. embassy opening and the bloody day at the Gaza border – should pose painful and profound questions to those Jews and Israelis who still care about the morality of our actions. Continue reading

The Only Way U.S. Jews Can Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day With a Clear Conscience

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The breakdown of democratic norms you fear in Trump’s America is far more advanced in Israel. We Israelis need your vocal – and financial – support to confront a creeping autocracy

Over the past century, while millions of Jews were victimized by oppressive regimes, American Jews stayed safe and prospered. Thus American Jews know first-hand that only when minorities are shielded from the tyranny of the majority, only when society protects its most vulnerable members, including those seen as different and even despised by some other citizens, only then can democracy flourish.

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The Demagogue’s Defense: Trump-style, Netanyahu Attacks Law Enforcement, Invokes God as His Fanboy

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Netanyahu, the avowed atheist, now calls on God to help and defend him. But until that divine sign of favour is revealed, he’s going to use his bully pulpit to attack the rule of law – and the basic intelligence of every Israeli

Listening to Benjamin Netanyahu spin and spin induces nausea. How many hours did he and his spinmeisters work on the details of his live televised response to the indictment charges the Israeli police recommended Wednesday? He included all the top hits of his heroic past (his achievements on behalf of Israel’s security, the famous 1972 Sabena hijack rescue he participated in, his UN speeches, then security again, then the red phone – his 24 hour availability to deal with crises)?

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Let’s Talk About (Anything But) the Occupation

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Let’s enjoy our self-delusionary bubble. Let’s not talk about the regime of control we Jews have created to keep Palestinians off-balance and in fear.

Let’s talk about the Occupation.

Let’s open our eyes and look again at the daily brutality of the Occupation, and what it does to human beings living only a few miles from our homes, and what it does to ourselves.

No, let’s talk about how publicizing the daily travesties of the Occupation in the foreign press hurts Israel’s image abroad and feeds those seeking our destruction, and how we must punish any foreign government or Jew or Jewish organization that dares expose our dirty laundry in public.

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