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April 8, 2024

The Ghost of the Goldstone Report

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

A United Nations fact-finding mission, charged with investigating Israel’s war against Hamas, concluded in a widely disseminated and exploited report that the Israeli Defense Forces deliberately target Palestinian civilians.Jewish

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April 1, 2024

Cult Conformity is Un-American

White Rose Magazine

THROUGHOUT the 20th century, the America depicted in Hollywood Westerns and projected onto screens around the world was one of self-reliance and independent thought. A cowboy saddled up alone and ventured off with beans and a blanket. The solitary life of riding a horse for days on end left a lot of time for contemplation—keeping an open mind on the open range.

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April 1, 2024

Beware the Ides of March–Redux

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Beware the Ides of March. Not that Ides! This past Ides of March—give or take a few days. The infamy of that earlier Ides lives on, 2,068 years later, with a similar drama of betrayal, and one not without biblical significance. Today, however, it’s not Julius Caesar asking, “Et tu, Brute?” but the nation-state of Israel, a large knife lodged in its back, wondering, “Et tu, Bide?”

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March 25, 2024

The Black, the Blue and the Jews

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The tale I am about to tell started out as a feel-good movie of the week and ended up as a two-hanky tearjerker of bitterness and betrayal. From solidarity to the nearly unsalvageable, within a matter of decades.

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March 19, 2024

Time to Do or Die

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Five months ago, Hamas deliberately broke a ceasefire with Israel, resuming a war that began nearly the moment Israel abandoned the enclave back in 2005. A familiar reprise took shape over five wars: Hamas instigated hostilities; Israel retaliated, resulting in many Palestinian casualties of war; Hamas claimed victory in the battle for public opinion.

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March 13, 2024

Simply Friendless

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

“The Ally,” a new play by Itmar Moses, is running Off-Broadway at The Public Theater through March 24. It is an excellent piece of dramatic storytelling that commands one’s full attention.

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March 4, 2024

Nothing Super About Tuesday

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

With the NFL football season over and the Kansas City Chiefs crowned champions (and Taylor Swift anointed the People’s Princess), March Madness not yet begun, and the Oscars still a week away, Americans can be forgiven binge-watching the sideshow that is the country’s evolving presidential race.

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February 28, 2024

The Ticking Time Clock on Vanquishing Hamas

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

It was just a matter of time. Once Israel’s War Cabinet said “go” on Oct. 8, the day after the bloodiest and most grotesque attack on the Jewish homeland in its history, the timer on this latest war with Hamas started.

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February 21, 2024

Still Waiting for an Arab Apology

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Here’s my recommendation to actress and disability activist Selma Blair: Fire your agent and publicist, immediately. You have received awful, but predictable, advice from your handlers. Straight out of the woke playbook of a spineless, soulless entertainment industry. 

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February 11, 2024

Welcome to Gotham

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Welcome to Gotham. If you look up into the gloomy sky, you will notice the Bat Signal. Yes, it’s meant for the Caped Crusader, and not the Wuhan Lab. 

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January 31, 2024

The Agony of IDF-Envy

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

On Jan. 22, twenty-four soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces were killed in a single day — 21 in a detonated building in northern Gaza, and three more in combat in the south. That’s the largest death toll of military personnel since the ground invasion into Gaza began, bringing the total loss of Israeli warriors to 220.

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January 22, 2024

Israel and its Multifront Mayhem

In its short history as a modern state, Israel has been a Cinderella story where the glass slipper doesn’t quite fit without arch supports.

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January 15, 2024

Catch the Holocaust Before It Disappears

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

If you’re a Jew looking for sympathy in these sucker-punch days of hyper-antisemitism, find a way to transport yourself back to the early 1990s, a time when Holocaust memory—“Schindler’s List”; the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; and observances of Yom HaShoah across America—was afforded largely universal respect.

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January 8, 2024

Biden’s Zionist Bona Fides and Burden

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The world feels like it’s on fire, with flames spreading in diverse directions.

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January 2, 2024

When that Other Ball Drops

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

It was in 1908 when New York City began the annual tradition of ushering in the New Year with the celebratory dropping of the ball in Times Square.

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December 28, 2023

The Hamas Winter is Coming

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The year is coming to an end, but the fighting in Gaza will not.

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December 17, 2023

In Israel’s Time of Need, Jewish Hollywood Has Failed the Audition

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

For a people that purportedly invented, and now control, Hollywood, Jews are awful at making demands—as Jews.

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December 17, 2023

In Israel’s Time of Need, Jewish Hollywood Has Failed the Audition

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

For a people that purportedly invented, and now control, Hollywood, Jews are awful at making demands—as Jews.

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December 9, 2023

The Alternate Universe of Antisemitism

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Dear Mom and Dad,

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December 3, 2023

The Folly of Ceasefire

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

In the clamor for a ceasefire in Gaza, there sure is a lot of ceasing on demand. A multitude of ultimatums, public outcries, and violent actions during protests that require arrest.

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