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On the Way to Omaha Beach

By Bernard Bellush

Reared as a pacifist by my Forverts-reading mother, I was never permitted to play with a toy gun. It wasn’t until after I was drafted by the Army on November 15, 1942 — two days after I had submitted my master’s thesis on Eugene Victor Debs — that I first encountered the military and learned how to handle a rifle.I quickly became adeptRead More


America’s Hemisphere Of Interest

By Dina Siegel Vann

It seems that issues central to the American foreign policy agenda today are unequivocally and insistently pursued everywhere — except in Latin America.As Secretary of State Colin Powell stated at a briefing to Congress last February, America’s “top” priorities of a “more serious nature” — the consolidation of democratic regimes, theRead More


From Rafah to Sachnin

By Leonard Fein

Call them juxtapositions, call them contradictions — Israel overflows with them. Three examples from my recent six week-long visit there:During a week in which international attention was focused on events in Rafah in southern Gaza, the attention of Israelis was divided. The destruction in Rafah was impossible to avoid, and the controversyRead More


Of Democrats and Democratic Principles

By Bethamie Horowitz

Last week’s Aipac convention, where President Bush spoke to calls for “four more years,” left the impression that many of America’s Jews are moving away from their traditionally Democratic preferences to rally around a president whom they see as a strong friend of Israel. But is it really the case that American JewsRead More


Bush’s Speech, Full of Our Sound and Their Fury

By P.J. Crowley

President Bush’s not quite prime-time address on Monday at the Army War College had four vital audiences: the American people, the international community, the Iraqi people and the American military. But the president could not or did not tell any of his audiences what they needed and deserved to hear.At a critical moment for the future of Iraq,Read More


The Spectacle Of a Dirty War

By Yossi Alpher

A few days ago, in a conversation with a retired senior officer in the Pentagon’s intelligence arm, the Defense Intelligence Agency, I dropped a derogatory remark about the now infamous posing of naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.“We learned it from you,” the DIA man retorted.“Not the taunting women and theRead More


Tearing Down the Ethnic Wall in Germany

By Michael Maier

Once again, Jews are fighting for their place in German society. This time, however, the battle is internal — Jew vs. Jew, with the identity of the world’s fastest growing Jewish community hanging in the balance.In one corner stands the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the longtime champion of communal interests and officialRead More


The Privatization of the Democratic Party

By Harold Meyerson

The Democratic establishment is concerned about where presumptive presidential candidate John Kerry stands as his campaign moves toward summer. The Bush re-election effort has spent some of its fortune establishing a formidable field operation in the battleground states, where in some cases the Kerry campaign has yet toRead More


Beating Around The Bush Won’t Make U.S. Safe

By Kenneth Bialkin

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s address to the Anti-Defamation League on May 3 was interesting, both in what he said and what he did not say about Israel, the Middle East and the war on terrorism. It reflected his by now familiar practice of vague assurances and lack of clarity and consistencyRead More


Jewish Faces in a Changing America: The Numbers Speak for Themselves

By David Harris

America is changing rapidly. If American Jews don’t grasp the significance of these changes, then we just might be left in the dust one day, notwithstanding our remarkable success to date.America has played a unique role in the life of the Jewish people, particularly in the postwar era. That role, simply put, is irreplaceable, but it is byRead More


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