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Discard the Outmoded Taboo Against ‘Evenhandedness’

By Dan Fleshler

In responding to recent Republican ads that linked Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean to masked terrorists, Jewish Democratic leaders justifiably criticized gutter politics and cited pro-Israel statements from Dean. But they also should have refuted the assumption implicit in those ads — namely, that those who advocateRead More


An Island of Empowerment

By Kathleen Peratis

From the air, the many islands off the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand’s Trang Province look like Shangri-La: luxuriantly green, white beaches, aqua sea. Last week I visited the small village of Koh Muuk on one of them, Muuk Island.Early and misleading reports following the tsunami of December 26 — a date referred to there as we referRead More


If It’s Saturday, This Must Be America

By David Klinghoffer

Of the Ten Commandments, the Fourth — Sabbath observance — had until recently received less respect than any of the other nine, among Jews and Christians alike. One joker has called it “the Rodney Dangerfield of the Decalogue.” America, however, is due for a Sabbath revival, and there is evidence in the culture that oneRead More


The ‘Availability’ Of Aptitude

By Leonard Fein

In 1873, Edward Clark, a Harvard physician, suggested that young women who engaged in “heavy mental activity” would wreck their reproductive system. “The results are monstrous brains and puny bodies… . The brain cannot take more than its share without injury to other organs.”What calls this to mind just now, obviously, is the flap overRead More


Looking Beyond Israel’s Withdrawal From Gaza...

By Lloyd Green

The Book of Judges records the death of Samson in Gaza. Bound to the columns of a Philistine temple, Samson brought the house down on himself and its occupants, crying, “Let me die with the Philistines.” In recent days, Samsonian recklessness and despair have again resurfaced in Gaza.Meet Yigal Kaminetsky, rabbi of the Gush Katif settlement inRead More


Looking Beyond Israel’s Withdrawal From Gaza...

By Amitai Etzioni

The headlines from the Middle East these days are full of optimism. Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been all smiles since this month’s summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Sunday’s Israeli Cabinet approval of the Gaza disengagement plan is being taken as a major step toward finally ending the conflict.TheRead More


...And the Debate It Sparked Among American Jewish Advocates

By Eric Yoffie

Last year, Prime Minister Sharon put forward a plan to withdraw Jewish settlements from Gaza and the northern West Bank. His plan was approved by his government and was supported by nearly three-quarters of Israel’s citizens. It subsequently won the endorsement of the Bush administration, and clearly has the support of the great majorityRead More


...And the Debate It Sparked Among American Jewish Advocates

By James Tisch

Among his activities, uninformed criticism of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations appears to be one of Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s most frequent (“Confront the Extremists in Our Midst,” February 11). In his latest missive, his ignorance of the Presidents Conference’s statements of support forRead More


What Palestinians Need in Order To Believe in the Peace Process

By Mustafa Barghouti

Since a cease-fire was declared February 8 in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Palestinian people have demonstrated their desire to end the bloodshed with Israel. We have acknowledged that the security of Israeli and Palestinian civilians is a legitimate concern.Read More


A Word From Belfast

By Malachi O'Doherty

In Northern Ireland, as in many conflict zones, the outline of a final peace settlement is clear. When we are collectively ready for it, a group of well-meaning old enemies will work it out on the back of a postcard over lunch.A peace process is a corrupting and hypocritical business. It falls between two untenable options, being less bloodyRead More





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