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Sundown: Another Attack in France

Plus farewell Hilton Kramer, a response to Bret Stephens, and more

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• A 12-year-old student was attacked and beaten outside an Ozer Hatorah school—the same type of school as the one in Toulouse—near Paris. His assailants shouted anti-Semitic slogans. He’s doing okay. It seems like France is not. [JTA/Jewish Journal]

• R.I.P. Hilton Kramer. [NYT]

• Hussein Ibish responds to Bret Stephens’ Peter Beinart review. [Open Zion—it’s called Open Zion now]

• Did everyone know George Soros’ original language is Esperanto? I didn’t. [NYT Dealbook]

• Gershom Gorenberg on how both sides try to erase the Green Line from the real and figurative map. [Open Zion]

• So there might be $800 million of art, including Cezannes, in a hole in the ground near the Czech-German border? [Artspace A+]

With the E Street Band on tour, drummer Max Weinberg is stopping by Philadelphia’s National Museum of Jewish American History. This might be his least complex but most physically challenging song. And Lord knows you can’t screw it up.

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Ibish (and Beinart) both refuse to face the fact that the Palestinian leadership, whether Abbas or Hamas, do not and will not recognize a Jewish State – no matter what the borders. Any agreement the Palestinian leadership makes (as we see even now with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) is just a stepping stone for their larger goal of the removal of a Jewish State of Israel. To believe otherwise is to refuse to face facts because they do not agree with your ideological hopes and biases.

What would be best is to work to make the hopes into facts – but I do not see Ibish or Beinart doing that. They do not address the Palestinian leadership or populace. They focus on convincing Americans and Jews to fool themselves so that the Palestinians and Arab states can continue to pursue and accomplish the goal of destroying the State of Israel.

FreeThinker says:

It’s very telling that Ibish responded only to the “lack of empathy” on Stephens’ part, while not mentioning any of the problematic “facts” that were Stephens’ main target. Probably because facts are harder to distort and falsify.


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Sundown: Another Attack in France

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