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Belzec’s Victims Have Waited Long Enough for a Memorial

By Irving Greenberg

Between March and December 1942, more than 600,000 Jews were murdered in the Belzec killing camp in Poland. In 1943, to cover up the crime, the Nazis demolished the camp and dug up and burned hundreds of thousands of bodies. Ashes, bones and bodies were buried in chaotic fashion.Ever since, Belzec has been abused. Under the Communist regime, theRead More


More Mystical, Less Statistical

By Leonard Fein

What, after all, do we mean by the term “Jewish identity?”For a while, during the height of the Jewish continuity craze of the early 1990s, it seemed as if we were producing a whole category of people whose Jewish identity consisted principally of urging others to “have” a Jewish identity — not only as a phenomenon, but also as…Read More


Recall Returns GOP to Center

By Lawrence Molton

While the national media has been having a field day with the recall of Governor Gray Davis, we here in California have a perspective on the October 7 vote that has less to do with the big screen and more to do with the ballot box.What to pundits in the East appears to be some kind of illegitimate Republican plot or right-wing coup is nothing ofRead More


Send Arab Soldiers Into Iraq

By Donald Losman

The Iraq morass looks bleaker every day, with American casualty numbers rising and the expenses associated with military deployments raising questions of affordability. Yet in testimony to Congress last month, the commander of American forces in the region, General Tommy Franks, maintained that American troop levels — now numbering about 148,000Read More


Reporting On History In the Making

By Charles Enderlin

In his July 25 review of my book “Shattered Dreams,” Itamar Rabinovitch implies that any account which differs from those presented by “Clinton, Barak, Shlomo Ben-Ami, Dennis Ross” should be considered as “revisionist” (“Camp David Redux: The Reporter As Chronicler and Participant”).To this list of names, he adds Saudi PrinceRead More


The Particular Poignancy of Tisha B’Av, This Year in Jerusalem

By David Ellenson

Last March I spoke out publicly to express my distress when a scheduling difficulty made it impossible for Uri Lupolianski, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who was then the acting mayor of Jerusalem, to meet with a delegation from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion’s Board of Governors. We had come to Israel to express solidarity withRead More


Demolishing Homes While Mourning Lost Temple?

By Brian Walt

This Thursday, while Israelis across town marked Tisha B’Av by mourning the destruction of our Temple, as many as 45 Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Jabel Mukaber, Sur Bacher, Shuafat and Beit Hanina were facing the impending demolition of their homes.None of these families, who in recent weeks had been informedRead More


A Jewish State, Or State of Jews?

By Leonard Fein

The conventional explanation for Israel’s more controversial measures, including in particular the security fence now under construction and the new marriage law passed by the Knesset, is that these are responses to the ongoing conflict. (The new marriage law cancels the automatic citizenship hitherto accorded Palestinian spouses…Read More


‘Russian’ Immigrants, In Search of a Communal Identity

By Leah Moses

In Russia we were called “Zhids.” Here in America we are called “Russians.”Why is it that no one, including ourselves, seems to be calling us what we are: Jews?At the first annual “Russian Heritage Week,” held in June in New York with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s blessing, the best and brightest of our community were paraded around asRead More


Carrying A Big Stick

By Gil Troy

In June, Fatah power broker Marwan Barghouti wrote a note from his Israeli jail cell to Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s negotiator in Damascus, urging a cease-fire with Israel. Barghouti, who despite being on trial for the murder of 26 Israelis, passes for a “moderate” in the lethal caldron of Palestinian politics, observed that since the September…Read More





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