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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 24, 2004 / 2 Nissan, 5764

Yassin's death is justice long overdue

By Jonathan Tobin


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Justice delayed results in truth denied


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | To listen to much of the commentary from world leaders and American editorial pages this week, Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin was a crime that would set back the cause of Mideast peace. But the truth is, the three missiles fired from Israeli helicopters that ended Yassin's life was merely a case of belated justice.


Yassin was a 67-year-old quadriplegic, a fact that aroused sympathy for him, as well as revulsion against Israel's actions from many. Far from being a victim, Yassin was the most important leader of a movement that has killed hundreds of Jews in cold blood. He was the Palestinian idealogue of mass murder who bore responsibility for countless crimes committed by others in the name of the radical Islam he championed for decades from the confines of his much photographed wheeled perch.


Given the misleading language that is often used by the media to characterize Hamas, it is probably not surprising that Yassin's death would be the cause of so much pointless criticism. Though it has taken on a quasi-governmental role in Gaza, Hamas is neither the religious nor social-service agency it is often described as.


The Washington Post editorialized on March 23 that Yassin's killing puts off the day when Hamas will morph into a peaceful Islamic group. This is a farcical notion. Hamas is already a movement with a clear purpose — the destruction of Israel by armed force, the expulsion and/or murder of its Jewish population and the establishment of a radical Islamist state over the territory that would remain, including areas under the administration of the Palestinian Authority. The idea that Yassin was a force for moderation within Hamas is equally comical. Hamas was and is a group without a "moderate" wing even by the distorted and violent standards of Palestinian society. Compromise with Hamas is impossible.

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While it might still be possible for some to pretend that Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement is a peace partner, no sane or honest person can harbor the same illusion about Hamas. As such, Israel not only had the right to pursue Yassin, it was duty-bound to track down him — and every other active member of Hamas — just like the United States hunts down members of the equally despicable Al Qaeda.


There will be many who will seize upon the successful dispatch of Yassin and see it as an understandable rationale for future Hamas terror. But to accept this premise is to fall into the trap of blaming the victim — Israel — for having the temerity to defend itself. Like all previous Israeli acts of self-defense, this latest one is not part of a mythical "cycle of violence" that Israel is helping to perpetuate. Neither this incident nor the deaths of any of Yassin's henchmen was the motivation for any past or future terrorist attacks.


Hamas' murderous rampages are based in its belief system, not on any individual act of Israel. The only driving force behind Palestinian terrorism is Arab rejection of the right of the Jews to live in peace and sovereignty in their own homeland.


Some in Israel will question the wisdom of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his decision to launch an attack on Yassin now that he's announced a plan for withdrawal from Gaza. They question whether the cost of Yassin's death to Israel will be worth it. I don't know the answer to that question. But let there be no doubt as to the justice of this act, or that foreign criticism of Yassin's killing is rank hypocrisy.


History will deliver its own verdict on Sharon's judgement. But despite the culture of appeasement of Islamic terror that reigns in Europe and the rise of international anti-Semitism, Yassin's death proves again that as long as a Jewish state exists, it's no longer possible to murder Jews with impunity. And for that point alone, Sharon will deserve credit.


We are told by some experts that Arabs now have a greater motivation to kill Jews.


That's laughable; Hamas needs no new excuses to go ahead with their depredations anymore than they did in the past when they have killed hundreds. Also ridiculous is the idea that Yassin's death will undermine America's war on terror because now moderate Arabs will be less inclined to work against Hamas' spiritual cousins in Al Qaeda. Americans should stop kidding themselves about there being a difference between the two. The Europeans already understand this and seek to appease both in a vain effort to stay out of the fighting. Americans need to understand that a real war on Islamic terror that grants immunity to Hamas is a sham.


Whatever happens in the coming days, Palestinians should think more clearly about the costs to themselves of their passion for the spilling of Jewish blood that Yassin helped inspire. Let those who would follow his path, including those who seek to murder Americans in the name of Islam, draw the proper conclusions from Yassin's fate.

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JWR contributor Jonathan S. Tobin is executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Let him know what you think by clicking here. In June, Mr. Tobin won first places honors in the American Jewish Press Association's Louis Rapaport Award for Excellence in Commentary as well as the Philadelphia Press Association's Media Award for top weekly columnist. Both competitions were for articles written in the year 2002.

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