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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


Trump’s Syrian Blunder

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished December 27, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has shot himself in the foot so many times that the soles of his shoes must resemble Swiss cheese.  With his latest decision to pull 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, he and the world at large are likely to pay a substantial penalty...

Debate over Syria shows our moral decline

By Ben Cohen, JNS.orgPublished September 4, 2013

By Ben Cohen“Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon/The hillside blushed, soaked in our broken wave/They buried us without shroud or coffin/And in August the barley grew up out of our grave.”These lines are from the poem “Requiem for...

Hezbollah: Uncertain future, but still dangerous

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 23, 2012

TEL AVIV -- Hezbollah may have hurt Israel with last week’s bus bombing in Bulgaria, but the Lebanese terrorist faction faces an uncertain future as one of its main sponsors -- Syria’s Assad regime -- faces a serious revolt and weakening support from...

Editorial: Syria and Sudan: Does Anybody Care?

Published June 13, 2012

Nicholas D. Kristof, the courageous New York Times reporter who was the most persistent and forceful advocate for the innocents of Darfur in the Sudan where 300,000 were murdered, has been a lonely voice on behalf of two current groups of victims. In...

Enough Already!

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished May 30, 2012

Sadistic Syrian leader Bashar Assad must be ousted from power at the earliest possible date, to stop the blatant atrocities occurring in that nation. To do so, the international community must put vastly more pressure on Assad’s regime, both diplomatically...

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...

Lieberman offers aid to Syria

By Ben Harris, JTAPublished March 2, 2012

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel is prepared to offer aid to victims of the violence in Syria as soon as it is asked.  According to a press release from Lieberman's office, the foreign minister said that Israel would offer "all humanitarian...

Hamas reportedly turns against Syria

JTAPublished February 26, 2012

Hamas reportedly has turned on its former Syrian sponsors. "I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform," Reuters quoted Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader of the...

Syrians demonstrating in the coastal city of Banias against the
regime of hard-line leader Bashar Assad in the spring of 2011.

As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON—As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure...

Palestinians demonstrating outside Israels Supreme Court in
Jerusalem in support of Khader Adnan, who declared a hunger strike
in Israeli jail more than two months ago, Feb. 21, 2012. Adnan
ended his hunger strike that day following an agreement with the
State Prosecutors Office.

Palestinian Khader Adnan tests limits of Israel’s system of military detention

By Linda Gradstein, JTAPublished February 22, 2012

JERUSALEM—As his weight dropped and his face grew gaunt, Khader Adnan became the latest Palestinian cause celebre.Israel arrested Adnan, a 33-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Arraba, on Dec. 17 and placed him in administrative detention....

Israeli-Arabs demonstrate against Assad

JTAPublished February 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Arabs demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad a day after the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution condemning his crackdown on dissenters. The General Assembly voted Feb. 16 by a vote of 137 to 12 with...

Editorial: Russian to Judgment?

Published February 8, 2012

In what should not have been a surprise to those who view the foreign policies of Russia and China in historical context, those two autocratic regimes used their veto to block even a watered-down resolution calling upon Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad...

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