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: Biden’s Israel Vise: So Little Sense, So Much Hustling

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President Biden withheld bomb delivery to Israel, influenced by political pressures and potential voter backlash, while facing criticism both domestically and internationally. Critics worry about the impact on U.S.-Israel relations and Democratic policies.

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Column: GOP House Members Go on the Record: The Jews Killed Jesus

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized antisemitism but opposed the Antisemitism Awareness Act, suggesting it could unjustly criminalize Christian beliefs.

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Column: Death of a ‘Zionist’

At age 20, Khymani James made inflammatory claims about Zionists, linking Zionism with white supremacy, and threatened violence against Zionist individuals, including the author. James, facing disciplinary action at Columbia University, potentially confuses his personal confrontations with broader political ideologies. His stance surfaced during contentious campus protests, intersecting with discussions on Israel's policies and Palestinian reactions.

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Column: Now The World Can See That Pro-Arab Activists Are Mashugah

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Sahar Tartak, a Jewish Yale student, was attacked by a student with a Palestinian flag at an anti-Israel protest, leading to hospitalization. Protests at various universities persistently disrupt and intimidate, challenging campus policies and escalating tensions, culminating in numerous arrests and administrative actions.

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Column: Primary Elections Dampen Middle East Issue as an Obstacle to Biden

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‘You want my vote? You cannot kill my people in my name.’ — Terry Ahwal, Palestinian-American from Detroit suburb As of Oct. 6, I believed that President Biden would likely sweep all solidly Democratic states and most if not all the swing states, a view that was thrown into doubt …

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Column: Do Not Expect a Cease-Fire in Gaza to Cease Fire

They demand a cease-fire in Manhattan, in south Holland, in London. What they do not guarantee is whether Hamas will honor a cease-fire – a cease-fire with no conditions. All this misery started with a cease-fire already in effect between Israel and Hamas, at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 7. Then …

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Column: Let These Friends of Palestinians Go – to Jail

The public should be screaming for arrests of anyone who commit criminal offenses when they block bridges, highways and airports; besiege Jewish students in a university facility; shout antisemitic remarks;, disrupt school speakers and vandalize Jewish facilities. If convicted, they must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Many of them commit crimes that could lead to prison.

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Column: Memo To Vermont Victim: Pro-Arab Activists Created Much of Hostile Climate

After a traumatic shooting, Kinnon Abdalhamid advocates for Haverford College's support of a cease-fire in Gaza, despite complexities and opposition.

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Column: Bye Bye Bibi (We Can Hope)

Israel is losing backing from European and other countries, and also Americans due to its military actions and political climate. Netanyahu's leadership is criticized, and change is urged for peace and international backing.

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Column: Gaza and the Vulnerable President

On Oct. 6, it would have been reasonable to predict that Biden or any Democratic nominee might sweep the six swing states, especially Michigan. After Oct. 7, Biden’s campaign could be imperiled in the aftermath of Hamas’ slaughter of 1,200 people in southern Israel.

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Column: A Future for Israel?

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“Palestinians Must Have Hope for a Brighter Future,” urges a New York Times headline. It tops a Thanksgiving Day opinion piece authored by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Hope for what? To kill more Jews? What about hope for the Jewish people?

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Column: The Hate-Crimes Obstacle Course

Paul Kessler, a 69-year-old pro-Israel protestor died after clashing with pro-Arab protestors. Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji, 50, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and battery. The incident's classification as a hate crime remains disputed.

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