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Patriots and Intruders

By Gus Tyler

In the furious debate over the USA Patriot Act, frequent reference is made to the First Amendment of the Constitution. The president’s critics maintain that the Patriot Act’s intrusive practices, including wiretapping, monitoring library use and more, amount to limitations on our freedom of speech. Armed with these new tools, Uncle Sam becomesRead More


The Year Of the Camel

By Leonard Fein

As this year runs quite unlamentably out, it is well to fill in some of its blanks — bits and pieces you may have missed.Once every 10 years or so, there takes place something called a White House Conference on Aging. The fifth such was from December 11 to December 14 of this year. It is, however, somewhat difficult to understand just why thisRead More


Promote National Pride in Germany, but Be Faithful to History

By Brad Hirschfield

Years ago, I was told the joke about a boy who murders his parents and then begs the court for mercy on the basis of being an orphan. Today, a new version is circulating across Germany.It tells of a father who organizes a complex and comprehensive plan to murder all his children. Some of them manage to escape to a distant land, only toRead More


When Reel Life Intrudes on the Mideast Conflict

By Phyllis Chesler and Ariel Chesler

People are more than edgy these days. Our careless, civilian ways are endangered — some say by Islamist terrorists, others by Republicans, or by Leftists, or madmen on strike. People are hunkering down; today they talk only to those with whom they already agree.Among Jews, however, nervousness seems to have been elevated to a national sport. HowRead More


Our Role in Promoting Holocaust Denial

By David Klinghoffer

Last month, British historian David Irving was arrested in Austria for the crime of denying the Holocaust. When he goes on trial this February, facing up to a decade in prison, he could become a martyr for antisemitic kooks — kooks like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.A couple of weeks ago, Ahmadinejad commented that, in Western nations,Read More


Gabi, the Baby Elephant, and Israel’s Political Zoo

Just think of it: creatures treading in excrement, sniffing at each other’s behinds and slinging mud at each other, occasionally sticking their long noses into matters they don’t understand — all while the crowd stands outside the arena, intently watching and incessantly making comments but having no impact whatsoever. Now, isn’tRead More


If You’re Really Offended, You Gotta Go Caroling

By Joel Friedman

It’s been a year since Bill O’Reilly publicly accused me of being part of the “War on Christmas.” When I called into his radio show to express concern about the effects on Jewish children of celebrating Christmas in the public schools, he infamously advised me that, “If you’re really offended, you gotta go to Israel.”Over theRead More


A Cut Above?

By Kathleen Peratis

Nauseating stories of what goes on in meatpacking plants — from those in Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” in 1906 to Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” in 2002 — have caused us to pass up, if only temporarily, the occasional steak or hot dog. One year, I even forwent turkey on Thanksgiving.But while our stomachs may have beenRead More


Spielberg’s List

By J.J. Goldberg

the debate as it unfolds on screen is an Israeli disputation, framed almost entirely in the words and deeds of Israelis: carrying out their deadly mission, questioning whether it will make things better, wondering whether it squares with their Jewish values, talking endlessly of home and family and the need to defend them. Arabs hardly appear,Read More


And in Other News, Darfur

By Leonard Fein

Suddenly, overload.Here, the president permits spying on American citizens. In the West Bank, Hamas scores big in local elections.Here, the prospect of a major shift in the Supreme Court. In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls the Holocaust “a myth,” says that Israel is “a tumor” that “must be wiped off the map.”Here, the ripplesRead More





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