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On Syria, France, and Jewish Education

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Israel-Syrian border near Quneitra Crossing point. Photo: Dave Bender.

Israel-Syrian border near Quneitra Crossing point. Photo: Dave Bender.

A few thoughts on matters concerning Israel and the Jewish people…

  • A new United Nations report found that Syrians have become the largest refugee population under the UN Refugee Agency’s mandate (Palestinians fall under the care of UNRWA).  The media largely turns a blind eye to this issue, which some have deemed the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Hundreds of thousands are dead – ten times more than those killed by Israeli and Palestinian violence. Talk about a heinous double standard.
  • As someone who spends summers in France, I know that the country is under attack by radical Muslims and it won’t get better anytime soon. The France Tourism Development Agency recently placed an ad seeking a Media Relations assistant to aid “the promotion of France as a tourist destination to tourism professionals, both trade and press, with some general public outreach.” I found this a little comical.  A $45,000 media assistant will not help tourism when the country is under attack.
  • It was great to see The Jewish Week feature RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience) on its cover this week, highlighting a survey that was recently completed. The survey found that RAJE is making unprecedented inroads in educating Russian Jews, which is partly responsible for the unprecedented 94 percent in-marriage rate. One of the few bright spots in American Jewish education.

As Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the great Zionist leader, said, “Tell them [the Jewish People] three things in my name, and not two: they must get iron [i.e. weapons]; they must choose a king; and they must learn to laugh.”

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