How not to keep Israel Jewish

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan. 8, 2018) – The Netanyahu government, driven this time by its ultra-Orthodox members, wants to assure us that it’s determined to keep Israel as a Jewish state by preventing the country being overrun by non-Jews. One way to achieve this, it appears, is to get rid of the asylum seekers […]

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The chicken without a head

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Jan 7, 2018) – When you cut off the head of a chicken it continues to run for awhile before collapsing. It’s not alive, because it’s headless and it’s not dead, because it’s still running. In her Ha’aretz column today, Iris Leal uses this phenomenon as an apt metaphor for the […]

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Dreaming a pipe dream

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Dec. 28, 2017) – Dr. Dmitry Shumsky was born in Ukraine, came to Israel at a young age and now teaches Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He’s also a regular columnist in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. His column on December 27 started with a story about a childhood […]

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Considering the post-Netanyahu era

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Dec. 22, 2017) – Binyamin Netanyahu’s days as Prime Minister of Israel may be numbered. He may, after all, not beat the long tenure of David Ben Gurion, the founding father of the state. There’re indications that the police may be close to recommending indictment of Netanyahu on one or more […]

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