Editorial


Israel and the Swiss Banks

With Israel facing unprecedented diplomatic isolation, and with antisemitic rhetoric and imagery surging to dangerous levels around the world, Jerusalem could not have picked a worse time to pick a fight with a Brooklyn federal court over its share of the $1.25 billion settlement between Holocaust survivors and Swiss banks.The Swiss bankRead More


The Message From the Mall

Last week’s Washington rally for women’s reproductive choice wasn’t merely one of the largest demonstrations in American history. It was one of the largest gatherings of American Jews in recent years. Based on numbers provided by participating Jewish organizations, impressions from participants and inquiries with organizersRead More


New Dread, New Promise

It seems a lifetime ago, but it was only four or five years back that Israel’s independence day was marked by Jewish communities around America as a high point, a time to celebrate the transformative role of Jewish statehood in the lives and identities of Jews everywhere.This year the celebrations — if that’s the right word — areRead More


A Purge in Pennsylvania

Strange are the ways of zealots. Iraq is in flames, global terrorism is on the rise, President Bush’s 9/11 alibi is in tatters, and yet one of the greatest threats to Bush’s hold on power comes at the moment from — of all things — a Republican congressman who is one of the president’s most loyal House allies.The troublesome lawmaker isRead More


Genocide and Conscience

The continuing agonies of the African continent — in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Congo and now Sudan — are a constant reminder to the rest of the world of the fragility of what we call societal decency. The inability of the international community to address those agonies and aid the sufferers is an ongoing stain on the world’s conscience.InRead More


Bush and the Terrorists

President Bush got at least one thing dead-right at the Tuesday night press conference where he attempted to defend his floundering counterterrorism policy. The terrorists, the president said, “can be right one time. We got to be right 100% of the time in order to protect the country.”What was missing from Bush’s remarks was anRead More


Celebrating Freedom

Passover, which begins next Monday night, is the holiday best-loved and most widely celebrated by American Jews, and with good reason. It combines family, food and a readily understandable message — freedom and human dignity — to create a universal appeal that no other holiday can match. Hanukkah may get more media attention,Read More


Elevating the Debate

Israel’s parliament offered up a useful counterpoint this week to the mud bath that is America’s national debate on intelligence and counter-terrorism policy. In a crisp 80-page report, the Knesset on Monday released the findings of a special subcommittee investigating the performance of Israel’s intelligence servicesRead More


The Killing of the Sheikh

We do not celebrate this week. Israel has escalated the Middle East conflict into unknown and dangerous new territory with its killing of the Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The rules, such as they were, have been upended. All leaders are now fair game. Palestinian rage and determination to attack Israel have been scaled up to new heights,Read More


Spanish Democracy

Given their oft-stated commitment to the spread of democracy, the Bush administration and its allies have shown a strangely ungenerous response to the results of this week’s elections in Spain. Spanish voters did exactly what citizens in a democracy are supposed to do: They considered the facts, examined their representatives’ records, weighedRead More





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