Bruce Ticker

Bruce S. Ticker, who writes from Philadelphia, also blogs for The San Diego Jewish World and Smirking Chimp and previously for the suspended Philadelphia Jewish Voice. He was previously a reporter and copy editor for daily newspapers in eastern Pennsylvania.

Column: Driving Jewish Vermonters into Lake Champlain?

, the weekly newspaper Seven Days reported, “Singing by Jewish members of the audience overlapped with the pro-Palestinian contingent’s chants of ‘free, free Palestine!’ When the slogan shifted to ‘Equal rights are human rights,’ pro-Israel attendees responded, ‘Then tell Hamas!,’ referring to the extremist Islamic group that maintains control of the Gaza Strip.”

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Column: Parole for Sirhan B. Sirhan? RFK’s Help for Israel Drove His Assassin

During his 1968 presidential campaign, Robert F. Kennedy proposed sending 50 military planes to Israel. Two decades later, Sirhan B. Sirhan revealed that RFK’s support of Israel motivated him to fatally shoot RFK in the pantry of a Los Angeles hotel on June 5, 1968.

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Column: Can Biden’s ‘Highly Unlikely’ Happen in Israel?

In the Famous-Last-Words department: “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

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Column: If We Do Not Stand Against Anti-Semitism, Why Should Anyone Else?

Within a week, Pope Francis and two prominent black men took steps that can only benefit the Jewish people in a follow-up, perhaps coincidental, to a rally of Jews and others who gathered near Capitol Hill to protest anti-Semitism.

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Lauren Boebert and Her Pal: Living Their Own Holocaust?

U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene must be seeking vindication. Few Americans appreciate the suffering they endured during the past year or more – perhaps especially a resident of Boulder who works out of Room 136 on 200 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, the location of the state Capitol building.

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Column: War And Pieces: The Shape of Teachers’ Anti-Israel Drive

Amani Barakat must be joking when she twice touts the “peaceful” tactics of an anti-Israel drive among West Coast teachers’ unions. Simultaneously, Barakat continues in a leading role in an organization that seeks the right of return for Palestinians to Israel, a mission that could readily lead to war.

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Column: Importing Arab Terrorism For A Philly Food Fight And Oakland’s Cruel Sea

Advocates for the Palestinians exerted their terrorism talents in or near two prominent American cities 3,000 miles apart in recent weeks.

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Column: The Perils of Ilhan Omar: The Weird Way She Identifies With Jews

At long last, American Jews can bond with Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, at least in one sense. She now understands how we feel when she mouths off about Israel’s supposed oppression of the Palestinians, which compounds our fear that her followers will harm us.

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Column: Anti-Semitism Watch: A Hopeful Sign For Black Lives Matter

When a parent buries a child, little else matters. So how does the Black Lives Matter movement find the time and energy to brand Israel as an apartheid and genocidal state and equate its policies with police brutality?

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Column: The Yosefs Who Go Too Far

As an Israeli, Yosef should know that Israeli soldiers from Haifa or Tel Aviv are already “home” until the army deploys them to its territories, where most of the fighting usually takes place. American Jews are usually “home” in Philadelphia, Chicago or Los Angeles, and especially small towns, where they are often vulnerable to distorted verbal attacks on Israel.

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Column: Insane Ruling On Jewish Woman’s Murder: Maybe The French Court Is On Drugs

To paraphrase our insanity defense standard, a suspect who cannot distinguish between right and wrong in killing his Jewish neighbor is not guilty of committing a crime. France’s version of our Supreme Court moved close to such a conclusion when it ruled that Kobili Traore cannot stand trial for killing a Jewish woman since his state of mind was influenced by consumption of cannabis.

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Column: Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented – With Slight Change In Federal Law

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa lost control. That happened In November 2017 during his senior year at Arvada West High School. On March 22, he would once again lose control, this time in a Boulder supermarket. As Sunday’s New York Times recounts the first incident, “Several (friends) said he had a …

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Column: After Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Senate Rules Still Threaten Gun-Control Bills

It is a relief to learn that the nearly 10 million Americans who live in Arizona, Montana and West Virginia feel safe from gun violence. Three Democratic senators from these states will not take all necessary steps to pass two gun-control bills that the House of Representatives approved last Thursday.

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Column: With New COVID Critique, How Would Palestinian Leaders Govern Their Own State?

The Palestinian Authority, which administers limited public services in Israel’s territories, is now accused by its own people of distributing Covid-19 vaccines to the privileged at the expense of needy Palestinians. Such an allegation should make one wonder how the Palestinians will govern their own independent state.

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