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    In an op-ed in the New York Times, political scientist Ali Jarbawi offered the following wise words: “The longer any colonial occupation endures, the greater the settlers’ racism and extremism tends to grow. This is especially true if the occupiers encounter resistance; at that point, the occupied population becomes an obstacle that must either be […]

    The post Decolonizing Palestine: an Alternative Vision for Peace appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    Steven Salaita, a professor who had been offered a tenured position last year in Native American Studies at the University of Illinois, had his job offer cancelled following protests by pro-Israel students, faculty, and donors who contended that his Twitter comments promoted hate, violence, and antisemitism. The study of indigenous rights requires an understanding of […]

    The post Salaita: Academic Freedom and Indigenous Rights appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    Steven Salaita, was offered a professorship last year in Native American Studies at the University of Illinois.  He had his job offer cancelled because some contended that his Twitter comments promoted hate, violence, and antisemitism. Bias depends both on context, and on the history of irrational discrimination.  If one saw a picture of several blond Swedish children […]

    The post How to Criticize Israel Without Being Antisemitic – in 140 Characters or Less appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    Steven Salaita was offered a professorship last year in Native American Studies at the University of Illinois. He had his job offer cancelled because some contended that his Twitter comments promoted hate, violence, and antisemitism. He has retained counsel and is planning legal action. At the same time, he is traveling on a speaking tour […]

    The post A Settlement Proposal for Salaita appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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  • 10/29/14--04:00: Don’t call me a Jew
  • What if you found out that there was an agreement between your employer, your bank, your cable and phone companies, to apply hidden user fees to every paycheck and every time you bought anything?  One day you find out and realize the wealth that has been taken from you.  You could have stopped it if only you […]

    The post Don’t call me a Jew appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    It happens all the time. A phrase of ours is taken out of context, the original meaning is lost, and it sounds terrible. The words are used as evidence against our character and our point of view. Sometimes the efforts against us are successful, and we lose good reputation, supporters, and sometimes our jobs. How […]

    The post When our Words are Misconstrued appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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  • 11/10/14--01:31: Israel is not a Jewish State
  • What does it mean for a person to be Jewish? What is special about the State of Israel?  Does it make sense to call the state, Jewish? I don’t think so. There is a Jewish people. We are 14 million in our extended family who are Jewish by birth or through the conversion process. The Jewish […]

    The post Israel is not a Jewish State appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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  • 11/02/15--16:01: Beyond White Libertarianism
  • I am an American, but I am not a Democrat  or a Republican.  I am a Libertarian, a member of the largest national third party in the US.  We are believers in liberty, individual freedom, and limited government.  We support marriage equality for same-sex couples, gun rights, and ending the drug wars.  We oppose international […]

    The post Beyond White Libertarianism appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    In the United States, we keep seeing more expensive political campaigns, more corporate welfare, more military interventions, more income inequality, and more debt.  Our government has been a great success . . . at growing more government.  The number one problem for the people of the United States has been identified as the government of the United States. I would […]

    The post Balance and Credit: A Libertarian Plan for Growth through Empowerment appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    What is the difference between a religion and a cult?  It is not always so easy to say.  Prof. Sam Fleischacker, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago-Illinois wrote: “if your definition of ‘cult’ is a group with a charismatic and very odd leader who thinks he or she has direct access to […]

    The post The Al-Baghdadi Cult: Not Islamic and Not a State, But They Want To Be appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    I don’t celebrate Christmas. I  consider myself a serious Jew. On Christmas day, it is my tradition to take call in the hospital, so that my Christian colleagues can have that special time with their families. I also participate in the Daf Yomi, a seven year program studying one page each day of the Talmud, […]

    The post A Jewish Message for Christmas appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    Big money has corrupted politics. The Democratic and Republican parties will each spend billions of dollars on the presidential campaign. Our two-party system is failing. The government of the United States no longer represents the people of the United States. Now is the time to take power back from the special interests. We can fight […]

    The post Kanye West, Be My Running Mate, 2016 Vice President of the United States appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.


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    Steven Salaita, was offered a professorship last year in Native American Studies at the University of Illinois.  He had his job offer cancelled because some contended that his Twitter comments promoted hate, violence, and antisemitism. Bias depends both on context, and on the history of irrational discrimination....

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    Steven Salaita was offered a professorship last year in Native American Studies at the University of Illinois. He had his job offer cancelled because some contended that his Twitter comments promoted hate, violence, and antisemitism. He has retained counsel and is planning legal action. At...

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  • 10/29/14--04:00: Don’t call me a Jew
  • What if you found out that there was an agreement between your employer, your bank, your cable and phone companies, to apply hidden user fees to every paycheck and every time you bought anything?  One day you find out and realize the wealth that has been...

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    It happens all the time. A phrase of ours is taken out of context, the original meaning is lost, and it sounds terrible. The words are used as evidence against our character and our point of view. Sometimes the efforts against us are successful, and...

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  • 11/10/14--01:31: Israel is not a Jewish State
  • What does it mean for a person to be Jewish? What is special about the State of Israel?  Does it make sense to call the state, Jewish? I don’t think so. There is a Jewish people. We are 14 million in our extended family who are...

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  • 11/02/15--16:01: Beyond White Libertarianism
  • I am an American, but I am not a Democrat  or a Republican.  I am a Libertarian, a member of the largest national third party in the US.  We are believers in liberty, individual freedom, and limited government.  We support marriage equality for same-sex couples,...

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    In the United States, we keep seeing more expensive political campaigns, more corporate welfare, more military interventions, more income inequality, and more debt.  Our government has been a great success . . . at growing more government.  The number one problem for the people of the United States has been...

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    What is the difference between a religion and a cult?  It is not always so easy to say.  Prof. Sam Fleischacker, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago-Illinois wrote: “if your definition of ‘cult’ is a group with a charismatic and very odd...

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