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Rogen rolls over the fine line between comedy and antisemitism

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh There are two types of people who share identities of both “actor” and “Jewish”: Those who are “actors who happen to be Jewish” and “Jewish actors.” Seth Rogen, a clear example of the latter, has milked his Jewish identity in the entertainment industry. Playing many Jewish characters throughout ...

“She’s feeding hatred”: Colleges must stop welcoming anti-Israel speakers

By Aaron Arnstein For Mitzpeh @AaronArnstein We’ve seen plenty of well-known individuals speak to college students over Zoom during the past six months: actors, sports stars, political figures and musical artists, to name a few. Add Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to the list. Wait, what? That’s right, San Francisco State ...

Condemning responses to arson at University of Delaware Chabad

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh A few weeks ago, we read the terrible news that fire had been set, intentionally, to the Chabad Center at the University of Delaware. The building, known affectionately as the “little blue house” by students, was completely destroyed and approximately $200,000 in damages were caused. Thankfully, nobody was ...

The Kurds: A Jewish Story

By Logan Heller Staff columnist @L_Heller55 Allow me to paint a picture of an ethnic group from the near east. Its entire history is one of systematic persecution. Its ideas of equality are deemed unacceptable by its traditional Arab neighbors. They have been leaders in the fight against terror and they protect American interests. Most ...

Refugees revisited: resettlement in the Trump era

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In November 2015, I wrote a piece on the question of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and what American policy should be, moving forward after the terror attacks in Paris. In that piece, I asserted that “even with the intensive screening process put in place by Congress already, there is no way ...

US abstention on UN settlement vote harms relationship with Israel, UN

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh   When the Obama administration declined to vote on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, it may have not only entrenched settlements as a policy of the Israeli government, but also harmed the United States’ relationship with the U.N. for the next four years. The resolution, among other things, called for a ...

Christmas, Hanukkah overlap allows for unique holiday perspective

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 A few years ago, Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, overlapped with Thanksgiving. It was an interesting experience, having latkes along with a big turkey and stuffing. But this year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, and the last night is on New Year’s Day. Usually, Hanukkah ...

TAMID Group good opportunity for undergraduates to get business experience

By Ben Dayanim, for the Mitzpeh, @mitzpeh In 2009, Dan Senor and Saul Singer published The Start-up Nation, an account of Israel’s near miraculous climb to the top of the startup world just 67 years after the country’s birth. Israel boasts an astonishing per capita rate of startup production and is home to countless strong-willed, succes...

Post-Paris: Americans not safe, must protect country

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Terrorism is a tricky force to fight. In the age of technology, when a coordinated attack on a major western city can be organized through the chat feature on the PlayStation 4 server, what can we do to fight it? The attacks in Paris, as tragic as they were, are indicative of a larger trend of ...

Remembering Holocaust: Responsibility accompanies sense of comfort

By Jake Baum, for the Mitzpeh, @jakeatumd     Social justice campaigns overwhelm our social media, fighting against issues such as global climate change, poverty and most importantly, bigotry of any kind. We’ve reached a point in history when hateful thoughts are a thing of the past and systematic discrimination simply ...