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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 June 19, 2003 / 19 Sivan, 5763

IS THE WORLD BLIND, IN DENIAL OR JUST APATHETIC?

By Rod Dreher


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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | A French Jewish friend e-mailed the other day from Paris, hours after an Islamist fanatic blew up himself and 15 Israelis on a Jerusalem bus. "When I heard of the new suicide bombing, I asked myself if maybe all Jews should turn into pianists in order to be safe," he wrote. "If you're a World War II Polish Jewish pianist fighting for his life in a movie, people will give you an Oscar and rush to theaters to watch your story unfold. If you're an Israeli Jew fighting for his life for real, people will call you a murderer."

His bleak humor notwithstanding, none of this is a joke to my correspondent, who writes of Jewish friends and colleagues quietly making plans to emigrate to Canada, Australia and the United States. Jews and their institutions in France are being attacked by anti-Semites throughout the country, with Muslim thugs beating Jews in the streets and holding pro-Palestinian demonstrations at which they chant, "Death to the Jews!" The French establishment, especially the French media, prefers to look away or to perform a collective Gallic shrug.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is denounced for sending his troops against the leadership of Hamas, the Islamic fundamentalist terror organization that carries out suicide bombings of Israeli civilians as part of its ongoing campaign to ethnically cleanse the Middle East of Jews and establish an Islamic state. Hamas wants nothing to do with the road map to peace. Here are the recent words of one Hamas leader: "The enemies of Allah ... are cowards. They crave life, while the Muslims crave martyrdom. The martyrdom operations" — that is, suicide bombings — "that shock can ensure that horror is sowed in the [enemies'] hearts. There is no other way. ... [T]here is a need for people who yearn for Paradise, and the shortest way to Paradise is death for Allah."

(w)E-THE PEOPLE
Let your voice be heard! To express your concerns about the administration's plan for the Holy Land, you may contact

President George W. Bush by fax: (202) 456-2461, (Andrew Card, Chief of Staff) or by e-mail.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, FAX (202) 456-2883, PHONE (202) 456-9491

Mr. Elliot Abrams, the Director for Near East and North African Affairs, at FAX (202) 456-9120, and by phone through his secretary Joanna, (202) 456-9121

Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000 or by e-mail form: http://www.defenselink.mil/

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1010 or by e-mail form http://www.defenselink.mil

The man who wrote those words on the Hamas Web site is Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, who narrowly missed dying for Allah the other day when an Israeli missile hit his car in Gaza. More's the pity. When a man like Abdel-Aziz Rantisi broadcasts to the world his intention to keep sending suicide bombers onto your buses and into your cafes, you don't negotiate with him. Negotiations are something that happens between reasonable parties in a conflict, and that never can include religious fanatics who want to exterminate your entire people.

President Bush said he was "deeply troubled" by the Israeli action against Hamas. Well, I'm deeply troubled, too. I'm deeply troubled that the Israelis, for the sake of a putative peace settlement, are expected to watch armed Islamic militants turn their citizens to ash and not defend themselves. I'm deeply troubled that elite Western opinion is quick to find reasons to excuse or overlook Palestinian perfidy, corruption and savagery. (How many Rachel Corries do you suppose are riding those Jerusalem buses as human shields?) I am deeply troubled that the American administration is placing its confidence on the idea that the Palestinian Authority has any intention of disarming its militants — which, if anyone cares, the president's road map called on the Palestinian Authority to do by the end of last month. I am deeply troubled that so many Palestinians hate the Jews more than they love their own lives and children.

I am deeply troubled by how much we in the West have forgotten. We know — we know — where the kind of bloodcurdling hatred of Jews celebrated by Hamas and other radical Islamists leads. The Holocaust wasn't an Oscar-winning movie. "We now hear of Jewish friends gathering information on emigrating to Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.," my French friend writes. "They do it quietly, calmly; they know what's coming, and this time, they don't want to be taken by surprise." If you think the radical Islamists will stop at the Jews, which is the gamble the French seem to be taking, you don't read their material, and you didn't learn a thing from Sept. 11.

Above all, I am deeply troubled by the reality that many of us, safe in our American and European homes, with our easy moral equivalences, are willing to be complicit in the genocidal murder of Jews by hate-filled fascists. Again, so soon.

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Rod Dreher, a practicing Catholic, is an editorial writer and occasional columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Comment by clicking here.

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