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Steve Kramer - The Echo Chamber

Steve Kramer – The Echo Chamber I’ve been thinking about the nature of journalism, having been engaged in it as a non-professional for 30 years, including a previous 5-year stint as a film reviewer. The “news,” which reporters “report,” sh

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Steve Kramer - Jew-hatred Then and Now

Steve Kramer – Jew-hatred Then and Now Jew-hatred (politely termed antisemitism) has returned to the US and the West, jolting some Jews but befuddling others who fail to recognize the phenomenon. We baby boomers grew up in era of acceptance of the J

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Steve Kramer - Will Jewish History Repeat Itself?

Steve Kramer – Will Jewish History Repeat Itself? The Torah portion (parsha) for the week of June 13, Shelach lecha (Go up there), is well known to contain “the sin of the spies.” Moses had ordered leaders from each of the twelve tribes of Israe

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Steve Kramer - Israel on a Tightrope

Steve Kramer – Israel on a Tightrope Israel’s greatest ally is unquestionably the US. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel has augmented its reliance on America and the West with an outreach to the East, primarily China, which

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Steve Kramer - Netanyahu in the Dock

Steve Kramer – Netanyahu in the Dock Now that Israel finally has a government, a centrist unity government at that, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will finally face Jerusalem District Court judges, where he is accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of

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Steve Kramer - Explaining Israeli Sovereignty in the Land of Israel

Steve Kramer – Explaining Israeli Sovereignty in the Land of Israel I thank Marc W., an old high school and college friend, for inspiring this article regarding my April 12 column, [https://israelseen.com/2020/04/14/steve-kramer-the-nerve-of-some-am

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Steve Kramer -The Nerve of (some) American Jewish Leaders

Steve Kramer -The Nerve of (some) American Jewish Leaders What if American Jews read on the front pages of The New York Times and the Washington Post that Israeli Jews would estrange themselves from American Jews, if the latter chose to vote for a preside

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Steve Kramer - Passover and the Pandemic

Steve Kramer – Passover and the Pandemic Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers, to paraphrase the Haggadah? This year, because of the pandemic, we must celebrate it alone, apart from our friends or family. But the impact of the pan

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Steve Kramer - Paradigm Shift

Steve Kramer – Paradigm Shift Perfect is the enemy of the good, as an old saying goes. Israel must remember that, as it examines its third major challenge for “peace.” The first challenge was when David Ben-Gurion took advantage of the UN Assemb

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Steve Kramer - Why I Love Brexit

Steve Kramer – Why I Love Brexit The European Union is a group of countries that seemingly have a collective hatred of Israel, and by extension, the Israelis – 75% of whom are Jewish. (What else do we expect from the continent that brought us

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Steve Kramer - Amsterdam in Winter

Steve Kramer – Amsterdam in Winter Well, it wasn’t quite winter, but it felt like it when Michal and I visited Amsterdam at the end of November. Having been to Amsterdam about 25 years ago with our young sons, it wasn’t at the top of our wish li

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Steve Kramer - Friends Like These...

Steve Kramer – Friends Like These… The NGO J Street “organizes and mobilizes pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish com

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Steve Kramer - Crypto-Jews of New Mexico

Steve Kramer – Crypto-Jews of New Mexico When Jordi was just ten years old, his grandfather said, “This is how we butcher a chicken,” as he demonstrated the kosher slaughtering method. Jordi’s grandfather thereby revealed that the family w

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Steve Kramer - How Ignorant Can a College Freshman Be ... Very

Steve Kramer – How Ignorant Can a College Freshman Be … Very The British “Independent” (independent.co.uk) internet newspaper recently printed an article by a very ignorant young American who had just finished her freshman year in college.

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Steve Kramer - Why Jews Assimilate

Steve Kramer – Why Jews Assimilate Contrary to the title of this article, I don’t really know the reason that Jews assimilate, especially in the US. I do know without doubt that Jews are extraordinary and that those who leave Judaism behind litera

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Steve Kramer - Glad You're Not Coming

Steve Kramer – Glad You’re Not Coming Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, all “women of color” known as “the squad,” are the darlings of the m

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Steve Kramer - Who Are the (Jewish) Israelis

Steve Kramer – Who Are the (Jewish) Israelis There is concern today by many in Israel that some Israelis are unappreciative of their Jewish heritage. Author and journalist Shmuel Rosner has challenged this by suggesting a new paradigm for most of us

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Steve Kramer - Dana Milbank's "Quintessentially American" (Not)

Steve Kramer – Dana Milbank’s “Quintessentially American” (Not) Just a week after writing critically about an article by a well known journalist in an influential publication, I again feel the necessity to respond to the utter nonsense that th

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Steve Kramer - Peter Beinart Is Concerned for Israel's Future (NOT)

Steve Kramer – Peter Beinart Is Concerned for Israel’s Future (NOT) I write articles like this one because popular columnists such as Peter Beinart have the reach and the power to misinform many readers. In a recent article on the traditionally le

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Steve Kramer - Using Law to Fight for Israel

Steve Kramer – Using Law to Fight for Israel We recently attended the first day of a two day “Law and War” conference in Jerusalem held by Shurat HaDin, a terrific organization that fights Israel’s battles by legal means, using court systems a

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Steve Kramer - On Support for the Two-state Solution

Steve Kramer – On Support for the Two-state Solution Reported in the Jerusalem Post (6/21/19): Ten progressive Jewish groups sent a letter calling on the US House of Representatives leadership to vote on House Resolution 326, which supports the two-

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Steve Kramer - White Nights in Russia

Steve Kramer – White Nights in Russia For many years, Michal and I have wanted to visit Russia during June, when the days are longest. We finally did it this month and it was beyond our expectations. While Russia casts a big shadow on the world stag