At the Diversity-Focused “New York Times,” Jews Who Are Proud of Israel Aren’t Welcome

In a wide-ranging interview with Megyn Kelly, the Mosaic contributor and former New York Times editor Bari Weiss discusses, inter alia, the intolerant attitudes of the “woke” left to any challenges to its ever-evolving orthodoxies—and toward Jews and the Jewish state. Weiss recounts hearing that one colleague at the Times had asked another, in a mocking tone, “Is Bari Weiss writing about the Jews again?”—noting that such a comment would be “unfathomable” if it were made about a member of just about any other minority group. Eventually she left the publication after months of harassment. Around the 52-minute mark, the conversation turns more specifically to the thin line between so-called anti-racism and anti-Semitism, and the ways that the state of Israel has been turned into a symbol of evil. (Audio, 101 minutes.)

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More about: Anti-Semitism, New York Times, Political correctness, Progressivism

Will Costco Go to Israel?

Social-media users have mocked this week new Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich for a poorly translated letter. But far more interesting than the finance minister’s use of Google Translate (or some such technology) is what the letter reveals about the Jewish state. In it, Smotrich asks none other than Costco to consider opening stores in Israel.

Why?

Israel, reports Sharon Wrobel, has one of the highest costs of living of any country in the 38-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This

has been generally attributed to a lack of competition among local importers and manufacturers. The top three local supermarket chains account for over half of the food retail market, limiting competition and putting upward pressure on prices. Meanwhile, import tariffs, value-added tax costs and kosher restrictions have been keeping out international retail chains.

Is the move likely to happen?

“We do see a recent trend of international retailers entering the Israeli market as some barriers to food imports from abroad have been eased,” Chen Herzog, chief economist at BDO Israel accounting firm, told The Times of Israel. “The purchasing power and technology used by big global retailers for logistics and in the area of online sales where Israel has been lagging behind could lead to a potential shift in the market and more competitive prices.”

Still, the same economist noted that in Israel “the cost of real estate and other costs such as the VAT on fruit and vegetables means that big retailers such as Costco may not be able to offer the same competitive prices than in other places.”

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Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Costco, Israel & Zionism