Sarah Palin refused to definitively answer when asked in a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper whether she had been sexually harassed while working at Fox News, which fired top primetime host Bill O’Reilly after years of such allegations.
“I wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing,” she told Tapper, adding that she believed that Fox News, where she was a paid commentator for five years, needed a change in its culture.
But when pressed by Tapper, Palin would neither confirm nor deny whether she herself was sexually harassed while working there.
“I just — you know, it was time to part ways and, you know, get out there in, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been able to do now,” she said, explaining her departure from the channel.
Many prominent women at the channel – including former hosts Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Tantaros – have alleged being subjected to sexual harassment by network executives.
O’Reilly is the second Fox bigwig to be forced out after such allegations surfaced — former network head Roger Ailes resigned in July.
(JTA) — A prominent Jewish supporter of the far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen blamed the current government for the death of a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack in Paris.
“The perpetrator was flagged for radicalization. He spoke of terrorism on social networks,” Michel Thooris, a police officer and member of the Central Board of Le Pen’s National Front party wrote on the Facebook page of the the police labor union that he runs. If this information is verified, Thooris added, “the failure to detain a flagged radical was the reason for the death of at least one of our colleagues this evening. Intolerable.“
Police killed one man whom it said was armed shortly after the shooting, in which two other people were severely wounded. The alleged shooter was identified on ISIS-affiliated social media accounts as Abu Sayif al-Baljiki, 39, from Belgium, Le Figaro reported Friday.
Shortly after the attack, pundits said it would benefit Le Pen in the elections, whose first round in scheduled to take place Sunday.
Le Pen also took to Twitter following the attack to criticize the government.
“From this weak government of inaction I demand the immediate restoration of our national borders.” she wrote, later adding, “I demand the immediate explosion of foreigners flagged for radicalization.”
(JTA) — There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
“We are in a real danger of seeing the arrival to power of someone who will only use democracy to destroy it,” CRIF president Francis Kalifat said in a radio interview. “We are in a state of total chaos. There is a real sense of urgency that all should be aware of us, and we should all assume our responsibility to go and vote to exclude these candidates, these parties of hate from reaching power.”
Polls show Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front in a tight race for the lead with the centrist independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, followed close behind by right-winger Francois Fillon and the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon. CRIF has flagged both Melenchon and Le Pen as “candidates of hatred.”
Le Pen recently said France “was not responsible” for the murder of Jews whom French police helped round up for the Nazis. She has also vowed to ban kippahs and the right of French citizens to have an Israeli passport – prohibitions she said were necessary to enforce similar limitations on Muslims.
Melenchon is a supporter of a blanket boycott of the Jewish state, and praised participants of violent protests against Israel, calling their behavior exemplary despite the fact that some of them tried to burn down several synagogues. He condemned French Jews who demonstrated peacefully in support of Israel, suggesting their actions were tantamount to taking up arms “for a foreign country.”
The tiny but close-knit world of Hebrew translation is cheering for David Grossman and Amos Oz and their respective translators, Jessica Cohen and Nicholas de Lange — but the anti-Semites on Twitter are jeering, and Amos Oz’s daughter stepped into the fray this morning with a pithy response.
Grossman’s novel, “A Horse Walks into a Bar,” and Oz’s novel, “Judas,” both made the prestigious International Man Booker Prize shortlist. The 50,000 pound ($64,000) prize is split between writer and translator.
In response to an AP story about the shortlist, Henry Makow (@HenryMakow) tweeted:
Jews spearhead Rothschild cultural monopoly. 4 of 6 finalists are Jewish
That got Fania Oz-Sulzberger’s attention. A historian and the co-author of Jews and Words, which she wrote with her famous father, Amos, she tweeted this as a response:
“Quintessential vintage Antisemitism: Jews control literature. I almost love it.”
Aviya Kushner is The Forward’s language columnist and the author of The Grammar of God (Spiegel &Grau). Follow her on Twitter at @AviyaKushner
Dr. Patch Adams, who pioneered the use of laughter in medicine, was given a special award by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday during a ceremony honoring Israeli doctors and nurses.
Twelve Israelis were feted during the second annual “Danielle Prize - Healing with a Heart” awards ceremony, which honors medical personnel who distinguish themselves as “exemplars of human kindness and compassion” when treating cancer patients. Adams, made famous by the 1998 Robin Williams biopic, was given a special prize “in appreciation of his lifelong endeavors on behalf of patients which promote the cause of healing with the heart around the world.”
The prize is awarded in honor of Danielle Sonnenfeld, a volunteer in a hospital oncology unit who died in a car accident two years ago.
“Being a good doctor is more than just understanding the science of medicine; it’s understanding the science of the human being,” Rivlin proclaimed.
“I can’t imagine a prize more beautiful than a prize given for compassion,” Adams said at the ceremony. “It is a thing that could save the world.”
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