Blog

My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Hotel Chronicles: Pittsburgh

March 30, 2020

by Heather Robinson

I arrived a little over a week ago in my hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a family member, I’ll call him Kevin, pushed me to leave my adopted city, New York. Kevin was certain things were about to get worse there, and predicted...

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Bracing for the Virus, New Yorkers Carry On

March 21, 2020

by Heather Robinson

Sunday March 15th New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that due to coronavirus, the city’s public schools were to be closed, as would bars and restaurants for all but takeout and delivery of food. Prior to the closures, I spoke – from...

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Sick of (or now possibly from) Jewish dating? There’s another option …

March 13, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

“We envision a virtual dating experience that mirrors the authenticity of a night out—daters will still dress up, have stimulating conversations. … The only difference will be the screen...

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Sanders’s snub of AIPAC, slam of Israel’s premier an outrage for many conference attendees

March 3, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

His comments and absence reverberated throughout the event, with speakers ranging from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to former New York City mayor and current...

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Bloomy, You’re No Dem, Rivals Say in SNL-style Debate

February 21, 2020

by Heather Robinson

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made an unimpressive debut Wednesday night on the Democrat debate stage, effectively apologizing for much of his success as a businessman and his work as an successful mayor in a debate...

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After Monsey, it’s time to say Jewish lives also matter

January 8, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From Jewish News Syndicate

Identity politics and talk about “white privilege” are helping set the stage for hate crimes, particularly in New York.

A horrific attack on the Jewish community in Monsey, N. Y., took place on Saturday, the...

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Former Iraqi parliamentarian says most Iraqis support Soleimani assassination

January 8, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From Jewish News Syndicate

Mithal al-Alusi says most Iraqis “are very happy” about the assassination of IRGC Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Mithal al-Alusi, former Iraqi parliamentarian and a longtime friend of Israel, said in a...

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Mayor de Blasio: Jewish Lives Matter, Too

December 30, 2019

by Heather Robinson

A terrible attack on the Jewish community in Monsey, New York took place Saturday night, the seventh evening of Chanukah, when a machete-wielding assailant entered and began wildly stabbing worshippers during a crowded holiday celebration in a...

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Israelis Support Iraqi Youth

November 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

In a far-ranging phone interview last week, retired three-term Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi spoke to me about massive popular uprisings in Iraq, Iran’s interference in his country’s government, and Israel’s support for...

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Lessons From Tree of Life One Year After Synagogue Massacre

October 27, 2019

by Heather Robinson

From the New York Post

Sunday will mark one year since the Tree of Life massacre, the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history.

It’s a day to reflect on the lives so brutally taken, and on the need for vigilance...

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