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Archive for February 2005

Tel Aviv Bombing

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Bad news form Haaretz: “A terrorist attack hit the promenade in north Tel Aviv Friday night, and there were reports of at least 20 casualties.”

This is certainly bad news for peace.

Update: Islamic Jihad takes credit, fatalities reported, atleast 24 casualties.

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Friday, February 25, 2005 at 5:57 pm

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Jewish Libertarian Group

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So, I received an invite to a Jewish Libertarians’ Yahoo Group the other day, and I have begun receiving its e-mails. No news yet on how good it is, but what I have seen shows promise.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 3:11 pm

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Haaretz – Sharon to host Lapid

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This Article from Haaretz discusses the possibility of Shinui rejoining government. Shinui made its point against religious subsidies by opposing the budget. I hope that Sharon and Lapid can come to an agreement whereby Shinui joins government, even if Shinui has to support a less than ideal budget. Shinui needs to be a part of government to help it move towards peace and to advance the cause of liberty.

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Friday, February 18, 2005 at 3:12 pm

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My Glorious Brothers

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I just finished reading My Glorious Brothers by Howard Fast. It tells the Hanukah story of the Maccabean triuph over Greek domination of post-Biblical Israel. It is a wonderful book for anyone who is either Jewish or libertarian, but it is a phenomenal book for a Jewish libertarian. The book provides a heart-lifting story for any Jew, and supports a strong moral philosophy for the libertarian. Overall, it is a celebration and exaltation of Jewish traditions and Jewish life. It defends Judaism against those who would exchange all that is Jewish for secular culture. On the libertarian side, it defends the use of civilian militias for national defense, a rejection of political inequality, and praise for self-determination. It is certainly one of the better books I have read in a while. Buy it and read it.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 7:33 pm

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Haaretz – Shinui must change direction

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This article from Haaretz, ‘Shinui must change direction’ by Nehemia Strasler highlights some of the difficulties a party has in maintaining power and advancing liberty. Maintaining your principles is difficult in the course of political bargaining. Hopefully, Shinui will be able to rejoin government while maintaining its principles. The proposal from the article that Shinui abstain from the budget vote may be a nice way to straddle the issue.

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Friday, February 11, 2005 at 1:53 pm

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Jooglebomb – Jew in Wikipedia,

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A hate site, Jew Watch, has returned as the top hit for the Google search, Jew. Consequently, I am posting this to support the Wikipedia alternative top hit. A Jewish libertarian has a personal obligation to fight hate speech through means that do not impair free speech. This is part of the fight.

Hat Tip: Jew School

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Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 9:55 am

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Ending the incitement

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In this Telegraph article, ‘Abbas orders Palestinian television to clean up its act,’ it appears that Palestinians are finally working to end the incitement. This is perhaps better than news of the ceasefire.

Hat Tip: Honest Reporting’s Backspin

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Monday, February 7, 2005 at 8:26 pm

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