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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 ...

Why everyone should participate in SGA elections this week

By Jamie Weissman, staff writer, @jamieweissman If you’ve already logged into Testudo and voted for your favorite Student Government Association (SGA) candidates, congratulations: you’ve officially helped to make a difference in this university’s community. But if you’re reading this now and you have not yet done so, don’t worry, ...

Examining American Jews’ role in Israeli politics

By Jacqueline Hyman & Jacob Schaperow Opinion editor, editor-in-chief @jacqbh58, @jschap1 (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) ...

Sanctions only viable option to combat Iran’s nuclear program

by Jake Baum “Opportunity, prosperity and justice”: President Barack Obama used these words in 2009 to describe his hopes for the future of the Iranian government’s attitude toward its people. However, the reality that Obama envisioned is far from the truth. Many political groups throughout America, Israel and Iran have speculated ...

With reduced campus parking options, can students park at Hillel?

By Jacob Schaperow, Editor-in-chief, @jschap1 For those of you who know me, you know that I am not much of a rule-breaker. So when I got my first parking ticket from the Department of Transportation Services last summer, it should be no surprise that I didn’t mean to park illegally. I assumed the space in Lot O1 was free because it was ...