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: 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: Gun Violence: A Visitor From Jerusalem Unsafe In Israel Or America

raelis Efraim Gordon and Yehuda Guetta learned too late that they were not safe whether waiting for a bus in the West Bank or visiting relatives in Baltimore.

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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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Column: Murder at Capitol Hill?

Four decades ago, when she was president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Dianne Feinstein stumbled onto a crime scene down the hall from her City Hall office. Could a similar event happen today in Washington, DC?

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Column: Anti-Semitism Watch: A Pox on Both Parties

U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rashida Tlaib – each crazy in their own ways – deserve each other. None of us deserve this pair turning Capitol Hill into a psych ward. Nor do we deserve the thoughtless and senseless response of both Democrats and Republicans.

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Column: The Capitol Raid: Shattering a Jewish Refuge

When Rabbi Jordan Hersh’s grandfather, Joseph Goldstein, lived in Poland, thugs there picked Easter to beat up Jews. Our own fellow citizens chose the day for the presidential election certification to rampage our Capitol and beat up Capitol police and anyone else who got in their way.

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God’s Gift to the Bronx?

As he experiences his first week in Congress, Jamaal Bowman will start on a path to do everything he suggests that Rep. Eliot L. Engel failed to do and perhaps even obstructed.

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When Senator Toomey Strikes, We Could Strike Out

Toomey’s stature exemplifies much of what is wrong with the U.S. Senate, a legislative body that is often exploited to undermine vital programs that the majority of Americans need. The minority of Americans very frequently control the Senate, even when a majority of senators combine to represent the majority of citizens.

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Looming: The GOP’s Anti-Squad

A Republican “Squad” has much potential to counter Democratic representatives who have been operating a four-woman faction known as the Squad for the last two years, but the Republicans’ comments already suggest that they will overreach, threatening to transform extremists among Democrats into political martyrs.

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