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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


The Jewish Path to Success

By Adam Bellow

The news that Senator Joseph Lieberman had his two children on the campaign payroll as fundraisers with six-figure salaries raised some concerned eyebrows last month in the American Jewish community. Sure, Matt and Rebecca Lieberman are hard and effective workers, and since then have even taken a conspicuous pay cut — but couldn’t their fatherRead More


A Passion for Censorship

By David Klinghoffer

Mel Gibson’s forthcoming movie, “The Passion,” will dramatize the death of Jesus, portraying certain Jews of his day as morally culpable. It is already being denounced as antisemitic. From the anti-defamation groups, you expect this — scaring us is how they raise money. But when a painstakingly careful scholar such as PaulaRead More


This Time It’s Our War

By Leonard Fein

Few people thought more or knew more about war than Winston Churchill.“Let us learn our lessons,” he wrote on taking up arms. “Never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.Read More


The Media as Mideast Mediator

By Lily Galili

Last month, as the violence raged unabated, more than 400 Israelis and 100 Palestinians gathered in front of Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem to create a human chain in support of the peace process. The demonstration, newsworthy in its own right, also featured the unique spectacle of a group of gay Palestinians holdingRead More


Communal Coexistence on Campus

By Avraham Infeld

Did you hear the latest campus calamity? Interdenominational dating. That’s right, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and even unaffiliated Jews are dating one another without regard to their denomination!This dangerous trend was brought to the public’s attention by a pair of well-meaning graduateRead More


Let Belzec Victims Finally Rest in Peace

By Michael Schudrich

I first visited the site of the Belzec death camp in 1979. I knew I stood at a place where nearly 500,000 Jews had been murdered from March to December 1942, but what I saw was a place long neglected and forgotten.The Germans, anxious to hide their genocide in 1943, removed the bodies from graves, burned them and then ground and reburied theRead More


Harry Truman, My Flawed Hero

By Abraham Foxman

Okay, the Richard Nixon tapes were one thing. But Harry Truman? A heroic president to Jewish people, with institutes and forests in Israel named after him — and now we learn from the recently discovered Truman diaries of 1947 that he, too, was capable of the most sordid antisemitic attitudes.“The Jews, I find are very, very selfish,”Read More


The ‘Jewish Issue’ Issue

By Leonard Fein

Some issues of Jewish life neither die nor even fade away. The most telling current evidence of that is the re-emergence, in recent weeks, of the “Is that a Jewish issue?” issue. Why, that is, should Jews — as Jews — care about this problem or that? Oughtn’t the Jewish agenda be limited to those matters that immediately and…Read More


When Poverty is Worth Less

By Avi Shafran

‘Chutzpah” was the title of an editorial in the June 6 issue of the Forward; the alleged audacity referred to was the Republican leadership’s exclusion of low-wage families from the recently enacted increase in the federal tax credit for families with dependent children.The editorial noted that “50 million households — those that…Read More





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