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The Goal of Equality

By Uri Dromi

Whenever I want to have a sense of what’s going on with Israeli Arabs, I take a ride with Zachariah, my favorite taxi driver.Zachariah lives in Beit Nakuba, a village on the main road to Jerusalem. In 1948 his parents made a strategic decision not to fight the Jews. It was a decision they never regretted. While other villagers fled andRead More


Elections Do Not a Democracy Make

By Kenneth Stein

It may be the fondest wish of many outside the Middle East — and much more importantly, the wish of those who reside in the region — to move toward democratic freedoms, but wanting it and doing it are entirely different matters.Claiming that democracy is on the march does not make it so. It is more than throwing money at a problem, shapingRead More


In the Name of Values, Not Politics

By Jeff Ballabon

Few things can be more calculated to raise hackles and end calm discourse than using the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, as John Danforth did last week, to accuse the Republicans of being in thrall to “conservative Christians.” And when the finger being pointed belongs to a former Republican senator and member of the BushRead More


When Academia Favors Values Over Facts

By Alexander Joffe

At Campus Watch, one of the main problems we address is politics disguised as pedagogy. Our critique of Columbia University’s Middle East and Asian languages and cultures department, at the center of the recent, much-publicized controversy, has been that faculty members present their own political opinions to the exclusion of others and in placeRead More


Call the Massacre In Darfur by Its Name: Genocide

By William Korey

As the United Nations Security Council deliberated this week on whether to send suspected Sudanese war criminals to the International Criminal Court for atrocities committed in Darfur, one man was noticeably absent from the proceedings. Not once in the recent U.N. report on which the Security Council decision was to be based was Raphael Lemkin’sRead More


The $20 Billion Peace Plan

By Leonard Fein

Suppose — just for a decade or so — that for a mere $20 billion, you could solve the thorniest issue dividing Israelis and Palestinians: to wit, the issue of Jerusalem.Yes, of course I know that the containment of terrorism is considerably more urgent than a permanent solution to the Jerusalem dispute. But we have here a chicken-egg problem:Read More


We Reap What They Sew

By Kathleen Peratis

The sweatshops of the Lower East Side and the largely Jewish-led labor movement to which they gave rise are part of Jewish iconography. My Russian-born, Brooklyn-bred mother-in-law was able to support her disabled husband, her young son and her own widowed mother on her wages as a seamstress in a Lower East Side garment factoryRead More


Starvelings on Our Doorstep

By Leonard Fein

Jake, the hero of Mordecai Richler’s underappreciated 1971 novel, “St. Urbain’s Horseman,” “had expected the coming of the vandals. Above all, the injustice collectors. The concentration camp survivors. The emaciated millions of India. The starvelings of Africa…. The demented Red Guards of China are going to come, demanding theirs,Read More


Losing the Forest for the Trees

By Russell Robinson

For more than 100 years, the name Jewish National Fund — and the name of our primary agent in Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael — has stood for three things: uniting Jews everywhere with the land of Israel, developing that land into a thriving and vibrant home for the Jewish people, and promoting Zionism through education. For one generationRead More


In the Mideast’s Outpost of Democracy, Settlers Openly Flout the Law

By Dror Etkes

Israeli attorney Talia Sasson has delivered an interim report about illegal outposts, those settlements in the West Bank that have been built without official Israeli authorization for more than a decade. After months of research and frustration in dealing with stonewalling bureaucrats, she managed to document what Peace Now has beenRead More





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