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The Jackson-Robertson Test

By Leonard Fein

Imagine: 4,500 Jews in convention assembled, listening rapturously to a speech by Vice President Dick Cheney. Shooter Cheney — his man Lewis Libby was “Scooter,” so why not? — spoke for 35 minutes and was interrupted 48 times by the delegates’ applause. That’s once every 43.7 seconds.And the 4,500 were at the American Israel PublicRead More


The U.N. Reforms, Despite Bolton’s Best Efforts

By Kathleen Peratis

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has long been an embarrassment to the decent nations of the world. Its membership has included the world’s worst abusers of human rights — Sudan, for example, and Cuba and Zimbabwe — who have used their membership to protect themselves and each other from condemnation for their human rightsRead More


A Moderate in America, With No Political Party To Call Home

By David Twersky

I propose importing Kadima, Israel’s new centrist party, to the United States.I don’t mean that we need yet another Jewish organization; quite the contrary. Instead I am plugging an excellent observation first sketched by Jonathan Rauch in the March issue of the Atlantic Monthly.In his essay, Rauch argues that American politics is broken theRead More


Building Identity, One Roof at a Time

By Michelle Lackie

To me, a well-constructed roof looks a lot like Jewish identity (“Teach Model Citizenship by Example,” March 10).Right now, 700 Jewish college students are in New Orleans and i n Biloxi, Miss., cleaning up the damage wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Rita nearly seven months ago. The chugging of the air compressor, punctuated by the pop of…Read More


In Defense of Morton Klein and ZOA

By Michael Goldblatt, Alan Mazurek, Henry Schwartz, Sheldon Fliegelman and Janice Sokolovsky

The Forward got it right when it called the Zionist Organization of America “a storied century-old organization which is arguably the most prominent American opponent to [one-sided] Israeli territorial concessions and American aid to the Palestinians with fiery speeches, press releases, frequent newspaper opinion pieces and intense lobbying in Washington who has won over big-name donors.”Read More


A Modus Vivendi Between Jerusalem and Tehran

By Trita Parsi

Vice President Dick Cheney’s tough speech on Iran this past week in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was interrupted by applause no fewer than 48 times, including eight standing ovations. In the most explicit threat of military force to date by a senior member of the Bush administration, Cheney said that “the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences” on the Islamic Republic. A day earlier, the same Aipac crowd heard America’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, warn Iran of “tangible and painful consequences.”Read More


Confronting Discontinuity on Campus

By Benjamin Murane and Ilana Sichel

Last week Avraham Infeld, president of the Jewish campus organization Hillel, rightfully stated that tzedakah is easier than tzedek. The difference between charity and justice, he pointed out at the Spitzer Forum on Public Policy/JCPA Plenum, is the difference between providing essentials like food or clothing and dealing with the root causes ofRead More


Expand Access to Spiritual Tradition

By Amy Sales and Leonard Saxe

Birthright Israel is poised to take its 100,000th Jewish young adult to Israel for a 10-day educational experience. The program has reached massive numbers of college-age Jews, and already nearly 25,000 North American young adults have applied in recent weeks for the 10,000 or so slots available for this coming summer.What, though, about theRead More


Let Martin Tankleff Have Justice

By Suzanne Meyer

Anyone who has ever worked in government knows that there are certain laws and standards that hold for all jobs in all branches. Among them are ethical concerns that should be so obvious as to not even warrant attention, such as avoiding an appearance of impropriety or not using public office for personal gain or the gain of others.The reality, ofRead More


Celebrating Women’s History, One Month at a Time

By Karla Goldman

Each March, “Women’s History Month” is officially celebrated, offering a relatively random opportunity to focus for a short period of time on a historical experience that remains largely invisible in mainstream histories. Arbitrary as the celebration may be, those who take full advantage of a commemorative month like this often learn howRead More





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