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May 4, 2015, 11:10 PM
The only answer to racism is education
Racism is behind so many conflicts that we choose to treat disparately. While each of these need to be addressed, the only longterm solution to prevent future racially motivated conflict is education. I am deeply disturbed by the violence between...
Apr 27, 2015, 9:53 PM
Kenneth Roth: What’s Wrong With You?
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Right Watch: New York, thinks that Israeli aid to Nepal in light of the earthquake there is a rallying cry for Gaza. Roth's 140 characters are packed full of dubious assertions and an even stranger conclusion....
Apr 22, 2015, 7:21 PM
Thrown back to Gaza
As the tears escape intermittently throughout the day, my thoughts and social media filled with the stories of Israel's fallen soldiers, suddenly I feel as if not a day has gone by since last summer's war. In years past, my...
Apr 18, 2015, 3:19 PM
The Shame of Genocide
Shame as in "בושה" (shamefulness) and not "חבל" (what a pity) - shame on the Free World and shame on us, Israel and the Jews. The shame is that "never again" rings so hollow. The shame is so multifaceted that...
Apr 13, 2015, 1:05 PM
How Instagram brought me to Iran and gave me hope
His photos of Israel reach ordinary people throughout the Mideast -- their friendly responses give him hope
Apr 5, 2015, 3:27 PM
The West’s Selfish Delusion on Iran
The 5 + 1 nations are reaching an agreement with Iran that serves their interests and abandons the West's allies in the Middle East for their most armed and organized adversary. The deal is being pitched as the best...
Apr 3, 2015, 11:01 AM
The US should mimic Israel’s democracy
In the aftermath of Israel's recent elections, liberal America has been shocked by the outcome and Jewish Democrats feel betrayed. Nathan Perl-Rosenthal writes in Tablet Magazine that this is a crisis of the collective American-Jewish-liberal psyche in which American...
Apr 2, 2015, 12:49 AM
Some of my best friends are black
Racism is not something to be suppressed for fear of offense, but an ugliness whose expressions betray truth. Making light of racism is a coping mechanism for society's and an individual's inability to acknowledge how truly ugly it is....
Mar 30, 2015, 1:13 PM
On Hetsroni, Zionism and the Right of Return
Amir Hetsroni, a leftist communications and media lecturer at Ariel University, has been the focus of much attention in Israel after comments he made on national television deriding the Moroccan heritage of the program's host. He attributes the Left's loss...
Mar 28, 2015, 3:35 PM
Why Lena Dunham’s comedic gaffe is so alarming
A grade school classmate of the Girls creator describes the milieu that made joking about Jews and dogs seem OK
Avi Taranto is a tour guide, chef, translator and photographer based in Tel Aviv. A native of New York City, he has a BA from McGill University in History and an MA from Tel Aviv University in Diplomacy.