Abraham H. Foxman


Proud Jews Are Also Committed to Inclusiveness

By Abraham H. Foxman

Proud Jews Are Also Committed to Inclusiveness
Israel has found the right balance between Jewish identity and a free and open society. It’s a formula that its future depends on, Abraham Foxman writesRead More


Leo Frank Trial Still Reverberates a Century Later

By Abraham H. Foxman

Leo Frank Trial Still Reverberates a Century Later
A century ago, the trial of Leo Frank served as a confirmation that American Jews needed an institution to combat anti-Semitism. We still do.Read More


For the Best Argument Against a Unilateral Declaration of Statehood, Look to the Palestinians Themselves

By Abraham H. Foxman

For the Best Argument Against a Unilateral Declaration of Statehood, Look to the Palestinians Themselves
With the Palestinian Authority intent on declaring unilateral statehood in September, voices in Israel and in the United States have started to argue with increasing vociferousness against this idea. But for the clearest articulation of why Palestinian unilateral action is a wrongheaded approach one has to look no further than to the Palestinians themselves.Read More


On the Jewish Agenda(s), Part 1

By Barbara Weinstein, David Zwiebel, Jaime Rapaport, Abraham H. Foxman, Kenneth Bandler and William C. Daroff

The next occupant of the Oval Office will help set the national agenda on a wide range of issues of importance to the Jewish community. While our collective concern for the security and well-being of Israel has featured prominently in discussions of our community’s stake in the upcoming presidential election, Jewish groups are also vigorous participants in debates over a diverse array of other issues both foreign and domestic.Read More






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