Getting a Gas Mask for My One-Year-Old

Ami Farkas:

Living in Israel has afforded me countless privileges, such as being able to visit Jerusalem and other holy sites as well as hearing my kids speak Hebrew, just as our ancestors did some 2,000 years ago.

So when I walked out of an elementary school gymnasium earlier this week with a box containing a gas mask for my one-year-old daughter, I didn’t complain or regret my decision to live in Israel. I simply tucked the gas mask neatly into my car, and drove off with the same fortunate feelings of joy and security that I always feel when contemplating my life here in the Holy Land.

Living in the Middle East – with Hezbollah as our neighbors in the north, Hamas our neighbors down south, and a Syrian civil war threatening to spill over our borders to the east – forces…

Posted in: Middle East Climate / Ami Farkas / Hot Button Issues

Alicia Keys Stands Up To BDS Movement

352px-Alicia_Keys_at_the_Summer_Sonic_Festival_cropAlicia Keys is the latest celebrity targeted by anti-Israel activists from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which include Alice Walker and Roger Waters. Despite calls from the movement to cancel her upcoming performance in Tel Aviv on July 4th, Keys has confirmed she plans to go ahead with her scheduled concert. Good work for standing up to those anti-Israel bullies!

I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of ourshow,” Keys said in a statement Friday to the New York Times.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist, Alice Walker, and Pink Floyd member, RogerWaters, had beseeched Keys BDSto boycott the Jewish state.

Waker had wrote an open letter to Keys stating, “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in…

Posted in: Apartheid / Music / BDS

What Has Israel Ever Done for Peace?

The more we follow the news, the more we realize that some things are just too outrageous to be taken seriously.

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Israel Stands With Boston

Our hearts and our prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon attack. Israel is all too familiar with the pain and heartbreak of terror. Boston, even as we celebrate Israel Independence Day, we stand with you today, and every day.







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A New Intifada on Campus

Photo: Brooklyn College

Photo: Brooklyn College

Today, anti-Israel activists on U.S. college campuses aren’t just burning flags or threatening violence. Now anti-Israel elements are using tactics that may sound less extreme, even though they are just as terrifying. Calling it a “new intifada,” Tzahi Gavrieli writes in an op-ed for Ynet that the newest campaign sweeping college campuses seeks to delegitimize Zionism in its entirety, and the results could be incredibly dangerous.

It is not coincidental that a significant part of the delegitimization campaign against Israel is talking place on campuses. The arena was carefully selected. Campuses have always been fertile ground for exchanging ideas, for activity aimed at fomenting social change and for calls for universal ideals because it is easier to plant the seeds of unruliness in the minds of 18 year olds, who are more open to innovative and…

Posted in: Anti-Israel Bias / Anti-Semitism / Hot Button Issues