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Stand Up and Be Counted in National Census

By Joshua Comenetz

Census questions on religion aren’t perfect. In 2001, the governments of Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand discovered via census responses that more than half a million Jedi Knights reside within their borders. To judge by the numbers, followers of the faith of Star Wars outnumber Jews in Britain and New Zealand.If that’s how peopleRead More


A Peace Plan for Disaster

By Arthur Cohn

Yasser Arafat is the one who gains the most from the Geneva Understandings. The State of Israel is the prime loser.During the past months, and especially after the acceptance of President Bush’s “road map” to peace, Arafat was urged finally to take concrete and serious steps against terrorism. Has he done anything to fulfill his obligations?Read More


Trivializing Mahathir’s Antisemitic Message

By Abraham Foxman

At a time when even such publications as The New York Times and Financial Times clearly understand the significance of what took place in Kuala Lumpur, it is astonishing that the Forward chooses to trivialize it and to some extent rationalize what happened (“Mahathir’s Message,” October 24).Even many leaders who have failed to see that the…Read More


Making Unemployment Work for the Jobless

By Robert Caplan

Since 2001, 2.7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost; the number for the last two decades is 5 million.Economists have offered a whole slew of explanations for the rapidly shrinking American workforce, from a slow economy to jobs moving overseas, rising health coverage costs and economically driven shifts away from labor-intensiveRead More


The Iraq Syndrome

By Ari Melber

On Sunday, the Baghdad hotel housing many of the top occupation officials was pummeled by rockets, and gunmen assassinated one of the capital’s three deputy mayors. The next day, suicide bombers attacked the Red Cross headquarters and four Baghdad police stations, killing at least 34 and wounding more than 200.The violence is designed to grindRead More


Geneva Agreement Repeats Oslo’s Mistakes

By Morton Klein

The Geneva Understandings, the agreement reached recently among a group of dovish Israeli politicians and Palestinians, repeat the mistakes of the 1993 Oslo accord by requiring Israel to make dangerous concessions in exchange for unverifiable Palestinian promises.But the Geneva agreement is even worse than the previous peace initiative, because itRead More


Marrakech Expressions

By Leonard Fein

Yes, I know there are important things, perhaps even cataclysmic things, happening in the world. But here in Marrakech their urgency somehow recedes.A well-informed guide delights in a receptive client; ours is a fountain from which everything pours out: political history and art history, sociology and archeology, economics and…Read More


Five Jews and a Joo

By Dov Burt Levy

Picture this: A London cafe, February 28, 2001, me with a cappuccino and the International Herald Tribune. I turn to the editorial page, read a column by Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. I scan the rest and instantly realize that Jews wrote five of the six columns: Cohen, Stephen Rosenfeld, Robert Kaplan, Ellen Goodman and Thomas Friedman.TheRead More


Nukes, the Talk of the Town in Tehran

By Charles Duelfer

Sitting in Tehran, the world must look pretty dodgy.Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has set October 31 as the deadline for Iran to come clean about its nuclear programs and allow more intrusive inspections. ElBaradei’s report to the United Nations Security Council will be closely read by the European Union,Read More


An Internet Version of the Nazi Yellow Star

By Gil Troy

One American history student recently wrote me that, following a link from the Web log Little Green Footballs, he noticed my “name on a list of ‘known Jews.’ Does it disturb or frighten you to be bluntly characterized as a ‘Zionist American Jew,’” he asked, “or do you take a degree of pride in yourRead More





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