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The Fundamentals of an Iran in Exile

By Roya Hakakian

The diplomatic officer asked, for the third time, how I’d been persecuted as a Jew in Iran, as he leafed through my application for political asylum. But I said nothing.His stern tone, his fierce gaze demanded certainty, clarity and conviction — all the things that I could not find within. Sitting opposite him in his office at the AmericanRead More


No Ifs, Ands Or Butts

By Kathleen Peratis

In March, an American woman on the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees accused the high commissioner himself of sexual harassment, saying he had “grabbed her behind.”Read More


The Stalled March of Palestinian Moderation

By Tawfiq Abu Baker

It was in 1974, exactly 30 years ago, that Palestinians made the monumental decision that was considered the largest turning point in their modern history. During the Palestine Liberation Organization’s 12th National Council, held in Cairo, delegates accepted — for the first time — the establishment of a national authority on any PalestinianRead More


Time To Rethink Shoah Education

By Robert Rozett

Today, more people than ever are aware that the Nazis murdered some 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. Years of development and implementation of educational programs, often backed by governments and NGOs around the world, have been augmented by official days of remembrance, museum exhibits, major motion pictures and almostRead More


Teaching Courage

By Leonard Fein

Colman Genn died last week at the age of 68. The New York Times carried a long obituary, which he earned the hard way, but it missed some of the really big stuff.Cole was best known because back in the late 1980s, when he was superintendent of Community School Board 27 in Queens, N.Y., he wore a wire — a recording device — for eight months andRead More


Sharon, France and the Jews

As if they had nothing better to do, the good people of France managed to work themselves into a lather this week over an insult to French honor by Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon, who had the temerity to suggest that French Jews should run for their lives.Sharon must have thought he was offering harmless platitudes in his Sunday remarks inRead More


Fast Times

The fast day of Tisha B’Av, which falls next Tuesday, is not a central day on anyone’s version of the Jewish ritual calendar, but it probably should be. Sad to say, it captures more closely than any other holiday the dominant theme of Jewish communal culture in our age: grief and outrage over the cruelties visited on JewsRead More


The Devaluation of Values

By David Klinghoffer

The current theme of John Kerry’s campaign can be summarized by a single word: “values.” In his speeches, he deploys it compulsively, nonstop, ad infinitum. We’re supposed to be reassured by this. In fact, his use of the term opens a window to a worrisome modern way of thinking about the things that matter most.Why am I worried?Kerry wouldRead More


An Investment in Mideast Peace

By Gary Heiman

There are many reasons why most Palestinians never got an economic peace dividend from the Oslo process in the 1990s, and why the current unemployment rate in the territories is above 50%. Israeli policies certainly contributed. But a big, underreported reason is that attracting private capital and fostering free enterprise never has been a highRead More


Bush’s Silence on Saudi Antisemitism

By Gordon Goldstein

The Bush administration’s current policy toward Saudi Arabia is both unprincipled and cowardly.Speaking at the recent NATO summit in Istanbul, President Bush reiterated one of the central themes of his foreign policy agenda: the dual imperative of promoting democratic reform in the Middle East and ending Western support for regional dictators.Read More


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