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The increasingly common narratives of Israel bashing.

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Some excellent observations by Eamonn McDonagh.  Here is an excerpt describing the points he addresses:

Three aspects common to many recent critiques of Israel are present here: Israel is seen as having once been very good and much loved and now to be very bad and widely hated, the person making the critique is Jewish (in this particular case, there’s the added bonus of the fact that Stéphane Hessel, the cited drafter of the Declaration of Human Rights is a Holocaust survivor) and Israel is seen to be heading for catastrophe if it doesn’t change its ways.

via Three Aspects of Criticism of Israel at Z-Word Blog.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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Re-engaging …

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For a while I have been using Facebook as my principal outlet for writing … well, I am back to blogging again.  Expect to see more posts coming in the near future.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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Wrapping tefillin

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I began wrapping tefillin on Monday. It takes some effort to awaken oneself in order to properly daven first thing in the morning. However, it is worth it.

Usually, I might wake up, hit snooze a few times, take a shower, … until finally I had regained my consciousness. Davening in the morning compels me to be awake just moments after I arise from my slumber. It starts my day right and allows me to be directed as I begin my day. Hopefully, I’ll keep it up.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

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