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Jan 3, 2016, 1:09 PM
Terror on My Street
Maybe I am too new to Israel to call Dizengoff my street, but I know parts of it well and Friday afternoon I was about to go to Dizengoff Center, truthfully, because I thought a movie might change a...
Nov 14, 2015, 11:48 PM
The Ongoing War in France
President Hollande has closed the borders of France. Such a thing has not happened since WW2. The borders were sealed to make sure that none of the terrorists got away, although the police said Friday night that all of...
Nov 16, 2014, 3:09 PM
The terrorist is being treated in the hospital
There is something jarring about this sentence in the news. “The terrorist is being treated in hospital.” Wounded by security personnel too late, the terrorist had already murdered 26-year-old, Dahlia Lemkus, whose neighbors knew her as “the kind, giving,...
Sep 15, 2014, 10:14 PM
In Praise of Student Supporters of Israel
In spite of the many biases, phobias, anti-“isms” and micro-aggressions studied at universities, anti-Israelism does not seem to be a familiar term in most academic settings. When, at a rally, Israelis are called “Nazis”; when Israel “apartheid” weeks set up...
Aug 18, 2014, 8:18 AM
UN, Media: No Outrage
Last week in Syria, one percent of the al-Sheitaat tribe was killed, 700 people, some by beheading. Their murderers are members of ISIS, known also as Islamic State. On a single weekend last month, another 700 people were killed in...
Jul 29, 2014, 10:05 PM
Paris, Gaza, and the Oldest Hatred
It seems that attending synagogue in Paris has become more dangerous than running to bomb shelters in Israel. In the past weeks, with Hamas rockets targeting all the cities of Israel, 430 French Jews, mostly young families, arrived to...
May 28, 2014, 8:46 PM
MLA Guidelines for Opposing Resolutions Against Israel
Whether it fails or passes, the Modern Language Association’s resolution urging the US State Department “to contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West Bank by United States academics” has prompted a valuable response from its opponents. In their fact-sheet...
Mar 17, 2014, 10:17 PM
Afraid to visit Israel?
In California, I interact with many people who have never been to Israel and many who imagine it is a place they would never visit. Their questions have become predictable, enough so that I’ve developed a kind of routine...
Cherryl Smith is Professor Emerita of Rhetoric and Composition at Sacramento State University. She lives in Tel Aviv and part of the time in the San Francisco Bay Area.