The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ruled that Jewish students will once again be included among groups protected from ethnic- or race-based harassment on campus under the Civil Rights Act.
Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor has provoked heated reaction with his proposal that American assistance to Israel be taken out of the annual foreign aid bill and be passed separately, on its own — a suggestion that appeared to telegraph his party’s intention to significantly reduce foreign aid now that the GOP has gained control of the House of Representatives.11
A community defined by its quest for social justice and known for its disproportionate support for the Democratic Party has woken up to a new reality, dominated by a clear message from voters who chose cuts over spending, Republicans over Democrats.9
The blogosphere is abuzz with people wondering why the singer once known as Cat Stevens, and later as Yusuf Islam, was invited to sing at Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” last weekend in Washington.
Donald Trump is on pace to destroy the Republican Party as we know it. His demagogic rise has sparked equal parts anger and glee among some of his opponents, but Jane Eisner writes it’s terrible news for the Jews — and a big blow to Israel.
Out of curiosity, George Washington University students Robin Janofsky and Jonathan Robinson attended Glenn Beck’s Tea Party-centric “Restoring Honor” rally two months ago. For the two sharply left-leaning Jews, the conservative and Christianity-steeped event was more social tourism than political awakening.9
One thing is certain about Abraham Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League: They are never out of the headlines for long.
As predictions of a Republican tidal wave in the coming congressional elections became more certain, some Israelis were experiencing goose bumps of anticipation.
It’s a late Monday afternoon in October, Election Day looming like a thunderhead over the Mojave Desert, and John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, is gruff but confident. The campaign is “going fine for the senator,” he grumbles on the phone from his Sacramento office, noting the leading position his candidate, Barbara Boxer, holds in the latest polls. Burton is pleased that the previous day’s Los Angeles Times has endorsed her for the first time ever. The fact that the San Francisco Chronicle withheld its editorial blessing from both Boxer and her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, fazes him not a bit. “The Chronicle is a piece of [expletive],” Burton growls.3
The American “oath of allegiance” demands that a new citizen promise to “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and ends with “so help me God.” New Canadians have to swear “to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors.” Norwegian immigrants have to pledge to “support democracy and human rights.”25
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