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‘Pro-Israel’? Hardly.

By Leonard Fein

However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of alleged spying on Israel’s behalf by a senior Pentagon analyst, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions — and memories.Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard’s self-justification was that he passed on to Israel information regarding Iraq’s evolvingRead More


A Closed Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Haste

By Jonathan Laurence

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security revoked an earlier decision to grant an entry and work visa to Swiss theologian Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan had accepted a visiting professor position at the University of Notre Dame, but spokespeople for Homeland Security and the State Department are now invoking laws suggesting that RamadanRead More


Why Do We Still Blame Victims Of Date Rape?

By Kathleen Peratis

According to Alfred P. Doolittle, shrewd and cheerfully unemployed working-class nemesis of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” some poor people are deemed “deserving” of charity — the ones who seem miserable and wretched — and others, the “undeserving” (like him), are not. We divide sexual abuse victims into similar groups: those whoRead More


When a War of Words Becomes More Than Just Semantics

By Douglas Kahn

Some of my best friends are skewish.Israel’s ideological detractors have long sought to skew public debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by using particularly loaded terms to describe the Jewish state’s actions. But now, in listening to discussions about Israel’s new barrier, it is becoming clear that the transmitting of unfairRead More


The Sinking Ship And a Swift Boat

By Leonard Fein

Can farce be brilliant? If so, the Bush campaign’s current production merits rave reviews.Read More


And the Oscar Doesn’t Go To...

By Kevin Doyle

With the DVD release of “The Passion of the Christ” on August 31, Mel Gibson will certainly make money. If he chooses, though, he also can use the occasion to make some interfaith peace. He can withdraw “The Passion” from Oscar consideration, thereby preempting a new round of acrimony at Academy Award time.Despite its foreign shootRead More


The Dumbing Down Of Communal Identity

By Bethamie Horowitz

The call for “Jewish continuity,” sounded by American Jewish communal leaders more than a decade ago as an antidote to rising intermarriage rates and other signs of weakening identity has spawned a veritable industry aimed at making American Jews more Jewish. There has been an ever-more impressive array of endeavors to promote day schools,Read More


Amend International Law To Allow Preemptive Strike on Iran

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Intelligence reports about Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons aimed at Israel are becoming ominous. Unless diplomatic pressure causes the Iranian mullahs to stop the project, Iran may be ready to deliver nuclear bombs against Israeli civilian targets within a few short years. Some Iranian leaders, such as former president HashemiRead More


When Time Isn’t on Israel’s Side

By Leonard Fein

Some 20 years ago, Ehud Olmert — now deputy prime minister of Israel, recently mayor of Jerusalem, back then a rising star in Israel’s right-wing firmament — was among the principal speakers at a United Jewish Appeal event in Silverado, a lovely retreat center in northern California. One day, the two of us took a long walk, during which weRead More


An Intelligent Choice to Lead The New CIA?

By Elliot Goldenberg

I have never met Republican Rep. Porter Goss, nor have I ever spoken with him. Still, as the author of two books on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, the fact that Goss could be the new director of the CIA gives great me cause for concern.First of all, let me say that I am not a Bush-basher. In fact, even though I’m aRead More





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