Benjamin Weinthal

Gay Oasis: Israelis carry flags during last year?s gay pride parade in Tel Aviv.

LGBT Activists Should Know Friends From Foes

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the Muslim world face lethal homophobia. Yet too many LGBT progressives in the West — Jews and non-Jews alike — focus their ire on Israel, branding it a pariah state and placing themselves on the wrong side of history.

Versatile Dutch Author Fills an Important Gap

As a young Dutch Jew growing up as part of an Orthodox Jewish family in southern Holland in the 1960s, Leon de Winter turned to Franz Kafka and Isaac Bashevis Singer to understand post-Holocaust Europe. Kafka’s feeling of “seasickness on dry land,” combined with Singer’s “Every human being, even if he is an idiot, is a millionaire in emotions,” shaped the intellectual and novelistic development of the Netherlands’ best-selling author.

Outcry Grows in Austria Over Massive Oil Deal With Iran

A Nobel Prize-winning author and a Nazi-hunter were among the 3,000 signatories to a petition released last week, protesting a massive oil deal between an Austrian company and Iran.