A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Robert A. Cohn is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

Talking Turkey: Erdogan evolves from reformer to enigma

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 27, 2016

To describe Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “mercurial” is akin to describing the weather in Antarctica as “chilly.” At the moment, Erdogan is in the midst of an extremely violent purge of every segment of civil society: judges, journalists,...

Brexit Wounds

Jewish Light EditorialPublished June 29, 2016

There are seemingly as many takes on the implications of Great Britain’s departure from the European Union as there are stars in the sky.From our corner of the universe, though, we consider a couple different questions than those being asked by most:...

Down under, a furor over a Jewish publisher’s attack on boat people, Muslims

By Dan Goldberg, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

SYDNEY – An article on illegal boat people by the publisher of Australia’s main Jewish newspaper has ignited a storm of protest, with some critics savaging it for “vilifying Muslims” and promoting “xenophobic, Islamophobic and heartless sentiments.”...

Israel summons South African envoy over product labeling

JTA REPORTPublished May 21, 2012

PRETORIA, South Africa — Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the South African ambassador to Israel over the publication of a notice announcing a ban on labeling as Israeli products that originate from the West Bank. Ismail Coovadia was scheduled to...

The aftermath of an attack on a synagogue in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, in 2010.

Toulouse shooting spotlights problems of tracking hate crimes in Europe

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTAPublished April 26, 2012

BRUSSELS -- Jihadist websites eat up a fair share of Bart Olmer’s workday. He even has passwords to some closed hate forums. “Reading hate speech is part of the job,” says Olmer, who reports on intelligence services for Holland’s largest circulation...

Assad family, insiders slammed with new sanctions

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports. The new restrictions, which are slated to go into effect on...

Israeli leaders condem remarks by E.U.’s Ashton

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli leaders condemned remarks by European Union foreign policy chief which appeared to compare the Toulouse victims to deaths in Gaza. At a conference Monday in Brussels on Palestinian refugees, Ashton reportedly said: "When we think...

AIPAC praises SWIFT on Iran compliance

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication's compliance with sanctions on Iranian banks.  SWIFT, which serves as the final entry point for electronic transactions...

SWIFT cuts off sanctioned Iranian banks

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The banking entity responsible for processing electronic bank transfers is cutting ties with Iranian banks sanctioned by the European Union.  In response to European Union sanctions, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication...

Clinton: Iran letter “important step”

JTAPublished February 17, 2012

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Iran's stated willingness to restart negotiations and called it an "important step." In comments to reporters after a meeting Friday at the State Department with Catherine Ashton, the European...

Before Vadim Rabinovich, left, launched the European Jewish
Union, he served as a vice president of the European Council of
Jewish Communities, which met in Berlin in October 2010.

New European Jewish parliament riles existing European Jewish leaders

By Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished February 14, 2012

BERLIN -- A new European Jewish parliament is set to open in Brussels this week, the brainchild of two businessmen philanthropists on a mission to shake up the status quo. Igor Kolomoisky and Vadim Rabinovich, the Ukrainian Jewish moguls behind the body,...

Do more for peace, Mideast peace group urges Argentinian leaders

JTAPublished February 12, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders of the Peace NGO Forum urged Argentina's president and foreign minister to take a larger role in the Middle East peace process. President Cristina Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman...

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