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The Failed State of the Palestinians

By Shlomo Avineri

Ten years after the signing of the Oslo accords, three years after the outbreak of the intifada and three weeks after the fall of prime minister Mahmoud Abbas’s government, this much is clear about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Without a tough strategic decision to enforce what Max Weber called the hallmark of sovereignty — the monopoly onRead More


Israeli Double-Talk of Peace

By Daoud Kuttab

Ten years ago I had the honor of being the first Palestinian journalist to interview Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, for the leading daily Al Quds. “Mr. Prime Minister,” I asked him, “what is your vision for the future of the Palestinians in 10 or 15 years?”“I believe that the future of the Palestinians mustRead More


Reassess America’s Mideast Policy

By Scott Lasensky

After three years of violence, a seemingly unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears resistant to any negotiated solution. From the failure at Camp David in 2000 to the debacle at Taba, from the now-forgotten Mitchell report to the abortive missions of CIA Director George Tenet and General Anthony Zinni, and most recently the wildly off-courseRead More


All Grief Isn’t Equal

By Leonard Fein

It shouldn’t make any difference, but it does, that one of last week’s suicide bombings was at a cafe on Emek Refaim Street, where I do most of my hanging out and arrange most of my meetings when I am in Jerusalem. It shouldn’t make any difference, but it does, that among the victims were David and Nava Applebaum, father and daughter, he the…Read More


A Shattered Childhood

By Frimet Roth

As I write this, my son and daughter are attending a double funeral. David and Nava Applebaum, the father and sister of their friend, were among those murdered last week in a Jerusalem café. Within minutes of the attack, my son was out hunting with his distraught friend for the missing father and sister in Jerusalem’s hospitals.It was aRead More


Release Russian Jewry From Jackson-Vanik

By Tankred Golenpolsky

Nearly three decades ago, Congress made American trade relations with the Soviet Union contingent upon respect for the human rights of Soviet Jews. Since then, more than 1 million Soviet Jews have emigrated, the Soviet Union has fallen, globalization has reshaped the world economy and relations between the Cold War powers have warmedRead More


Throw an Open Party for U.S. Jewry’s 350th

By Karla Goldman

As communal leaders gear up to bring next year’s celebration of American Jewry’s 350th anniversary to a community or organization near you in 2004, it seems appropriate to consider the sensitivities of this big prospective birthday party.On September 9, more than 100 Jewish professionals, lay leaders and academics gathered at NewRead More


A Muslim Defense Of Jews on Trial

By Hesham Hassaballa

I thought the class-action obesity lawsuit against McDonalds was the silliest thing to hit a courtroom until I read about an Egyptian scholar’s plans to take the Jewish people to court for an alleged crime committed several millennia ago (“Egyptian Scholar Planning Lawsuit Over Exodus Gold,” August 29).According to the Middle…Read More


Memorial for German Expulsion ‘Victims’ Makes Mockery of Shoah

By Marek Edelman

Many people suffered during World War II, Germans among them. But let there be no mistake: To label as victims the millions of ethnic Germans who were expelled from their homes in Eastern Europe after the defeat of the Nazis is to make a mockery of the Holocaust.Since 2000, an association representing some 2.5 millionRead More


In Keeping Terrorists Out, Security Fences Israelis In

By Shmuel Erlich

The declared aim of the security fence being constructed between Israel and the Palestinian territories in the West Bank is military: to provide better security for Israel’s Jewish population, under continuous attack in the bloody and seemingly endless intifada. But there is no question that its overriding purpose is psychological: to give theRead More





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