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July 12, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
The touchstone of moral growth is a progressive displacement of reaction by action.   —   Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

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on law
Hague deserves world's contempt for anti-Israeli bigotry
By Alan Dershowitz

The Harvard professor wrote this article the day before the International Court rendered its opinion on Israel's security fence because he was certain — based on the composition of the court — that its verdict would be against Israel. Following the decision he did not have to change a single word.


reality check
The pattern of
Palestinian rejectionism

By Yossi Klein Halevi

Perhaps the worst consequence of the Hague's ruling is that it will reinforce Palestinians' faith in their own innocence and victimization, and preclude a self-examination of their responsibility in maintaining the conflict. That suicidal self-pity has led Palestinians from one historic calamity to another, and is precisely the reason why Israel is now building the fence.


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"Growing Each Day" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. (BRAND NEW SERIES!)



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Thomas Sowell: Foreign ‘allies’



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Previously:

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski: Mastery over oneself

Jonathan Tobin: Political pulpit-phobia

Adam Dickter: Hamas Link On Madison Avenue?

Geneive Abdo: Can a parliament of leaders from traditional religions and those with a more New Age flavor save the world from itself?

S. Horowitz: The Wandering Jew, updated

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: Islam is a religion of WHAT?

Daniel Pipes: The FBI loses its way

Steven Stalinsky: Saudis behind surge of beheadings

Nate Bloom: Rivers of Babylon Piece Creates Flood of Reader Letters — Here's My Answer to a Few

Zev Chafets: When both houses of Congress voted to show support of Israel last week Kerry was MIA — that should be sending a potent message to friends of the Jewish state

Lisa Haddock: New book looks at life and love in a Jerusalem few see

The Jewish Ethicist: Q: What does Judaism say about the work ethic?

Dr. Ergun Mehmet Caner: Moore's 'hate-riotism'

Amy H. Lederman: The good, the bad and the human

Walter Williams: Will the West survive?

Dennis Prager: So, we're hated

Charles Krauthammer: Israel's Intifada Victory

Toby Klein Greenwald: The Mommy who busted the bomber

Jason Maoz: JWR in the news

Dick Polman: Jews for Bush?

Jeff Jacoby: Mutilations and Muslim law

Greg Crosby: How we will lose the Islamo-Fascist War

Dennis Prager: The greatest sin

Alan Dershowitz: Does oppression cause homicide bombings?

Dennis Prager: Shame on the news media, too

Yossi Klein Halevi: Kabbalah goes Hollywood

Charles Krauthammer: The Real Mideast 'Poison'

Mark Steyn: Why the Palestinians are in such a state

Jonathan Mark: Satmar's Sisters of Mercy

Melanie Phillips: The hard lessons of terror (BRILLIANT!)

Rick Jervis: Your institution doesn't deserve government protection, you're religious!

Dennis Prager: People are beautiful, the world stinks

Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein: Big Worries (MUST READ!)

Dennis Prager: What does 'Judeo-Christian' mean?

Evan Osnos: At Arab bastion of ‘enlightenment’student politicians campaign on which party has killed more Israelis

Michael Freund: A CALL TO PSALMS

Jonathan Rosenblum: Mikey's song (INSPIRING!)

Omer Bartov: Did Hitlerism die with Hitler? (MUST READ!)

Kathleen Parker: Moral men learn it's lonely at the top

Anonymous, as told to Chaim Walder: Ringed-in by a mistake

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

Jennifer Seigel: Why has a new kosher cookbook sold over 24,000 copies in a week?

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace'

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace', Part II

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: Culture of death? Palestinian girl's murder highlights growing number of ‘honor killings’ (SICKENING!)

Cal Thomas: The ‘Arab Street's’ concept of freedom

Mortimer B. Zuckerman: Graffiti On History's Walls (MUST-READ!)

Mark Steyn: Muslim paranoia: Enemies made us impotent!

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

Fiamma Nirenstein: How I became an ‘unconscious fascist’ (MUST-READ!)

Cal Thomas: Useful idiots in the Middle East

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: WAKE UP CALL! (WARNING! Not for the apathetic or squeamish)

Cal Thomas: The Threat Among Us

Five Towns Radio

Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East (IMPORTANT!)

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