Human Rights Watch Debates Its Mission With a Founding Critic

When Human Rights Watch’s founder took to the op-ed page of The New York Times to denounce his own organization’s record on Israel, he provided powerful validation to critics who have been stepping up their attacks on the human rights group over the past year. “I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the group’s critics,” wrote the former chairman and acknowledged father of HRW, Robert Bernstein.

Losing Support and Suffering Defections, Labor Party Is in a ‘Struggle for Life’

With a new poll putting its support at an all-time low, and its leader, Ehud Barak, more isolated than ever, Israel’s Labor Party is now in for the fight of its life.

British Christians Push Repentance for Nation’s Conduct During Mandate

A new plaque at the Jewish cemetery in Hebron points to a new trend among British Christians: repentance for their country’s conduct during the Palestine Mandate.

Chai Rollers Take Four Seats at the Table in Finals of World Series of Poker

In defiance of the odds on a scale of, say, holding a royal flush, four of the nine players who will be sitting at the final table at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas are Jewish.

Walk-ins, No-Shows, Boos and Cheers

A Tight Squeeze: It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: When planning an event, make sure the room is a little too small for the number of people you are expecting; that way, the room will always be full. But as J Street began its inaugural national conference October 26 at a Washington hotel, the rooms were way too crowded to suspect any deliberate underestimation. Organizers expected little more than 1,000 participants, but as the doors opened, the numbers grew. Walk-ins brought the number of conference participants to 1,500. A huge success for J Street, it was a big problem for those who tried to make it into the breakout sessions packed beyond capacity.

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