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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


Published February 21, 2019

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting concerning issues in the Middle East, at U.N. headquarters in New York, Feb. 20, 2018. Abbas is also the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization....

Jonathan S. Tobin

Despite UN vote, Palestinian terror still a losing strategy

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNSPublished December 13, 2018

The U.N. General Assembly narrowly defeated a resolution last Thursday that would have condemned Hamas for its terror campaign against Israel. Three days later, a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a group of Jews waiting at a bus stop near the West Bank...

U.N. Human Rights Council should live up to its name

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALSPublished June 28, 2018

The United States has rightly withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it a “cesspool of political bias.”  She added, accurately, that the Geneva-based council is a “hypocritical and self-serving...

A Jewish man waits at a bus stop near the Israeli settlement of Shiloh in November 2016. The Israeli army evacuated Malachei Hashalom, an unauthorized encampment near Shiloh. Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel dismantles another settlement, gets no credit

By Stephen M. FlatowPublished April 13, 2017

You didn’t read about it in the New York Times or hear about it on “CBS Evening News.” The European Union didn’t praise it, and the United Nations didn’t acknowledge it. But last week, Israel dismantled yet another Jewish settlement.Of course,...

Hail Haley

Jewish Light EditorialPublished March 22, 2017

Clearly, the United States has installed a new sheriff at its mission to the United Nations: Ambassador Nikki Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina.Not since Daniel Patrick Moynihan rose in 1975 to denounce the infamous General Assembly...

Letter to the Editor: January 11, 2017

Published January 11, 2017

Who is to blame?On Dec. 23, the United Nations pulled out all of its anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ammunition and passed Resolution 2334, a very one-sided, biased, and inaccurate statement. For decades the United States vetoed anti-Semitic U.N. resolutions...

Seven resolutions for troubling times

By Andrew RehfeldPublished January 11, 2017

With the passing of U.N. Resolution 2334 and the start of a new administration in Washington, we have seen a growing division among American Jews concerning Israel. This division is increasingly along partisan lines and proceeding with greater intensity....

Galit Lev-Harir is a frequent contributor to the Light. Galit lived in Israel for nine years. She and her husband, Elie Harir, are members of Congregation B’nai Amoona.

Strong condemnation needed after UN vote

By Galit Lev-HarirPublished January 11, 2017

Last week, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) sent out an email communication regarding the U.S. abstention on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334  passed on Dec. 23. I would have expected our JCRC to strongly denounce the resolution...

David A. Rubin is a local attorney.

Time for a change in Mideast

By David A. RubinPublished January 4, 2017

It’s been hard to miss all of the Israel-related activity of the past week. The U.N. Security Council passed a one-sided resolution, from which the United States abstained. The next day Secretary of State John Kerry gave a lengthy speech directed primarily...

Radical Moderation

Jewish Light EditorialPublished January 4, 2017

The polarization and vicious rhetoric on so many issues in 2016 made us feel like the middle was hollowing out of society. It seemed like everywhere, from the world stage to our Missouri backyard, people were lining up on opposite sides of a deep chasm,...

UN-settling Resolution?

Jewish Light EditorialPublished December 28, 2016

The world is still reeling from the surprise failure of the United States to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution last Friday, that strongly criticized Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and which broke with the longstanding usual habit...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the recently published “New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.” In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

The United Nations at 70: Another fork in the road

By Marty RochesterPublished October 26, 2016

In June, the Jewish Light reported the startling news that Israel had just been elected to chair the United Nations Legal Committee, the first time Israel was selected to head a U.N. permanent committee.  Perhaps it is time to take another look at an...

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