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No Appeasement on Ashrawi Award

By Colin Rubenstein

Australian Labor parliamentarian Michael Danby claims that it was only the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council that campaigned against the appropriateness of this month’s awarding of the Sydney Peace Prize to Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi, and that this campaign ended up being counter-productive (“Over the Top Protest DownRead More


Standing in Istanbul

Dispersed though we may be, there are moments when all Jews come together in one spot, or so it’s said. Tradition teaches that we all stood together at Mount Sinai to receive the Law. Sociologists tell us that we all, or nearly all, sit together around the Seder table and gather together for Atonement prayers. And last Saturday we were allRead More


Soros and the Jews

Our annual Forward Fifty list, published last week, always seems to raise a host of eyebrows, mostly over who is left off. We try to list the 50 persons we see as most influential in shaping the public life of the American Jewish community, whether by their roles within the community or by public activity that advances Jewish values. TheRead More


Open Our Communal Eyes to Spousal Abuse

By Carol Goodman Kaufman

It is really most appropriate that the Hebrew month Tishri, and Succoth in particular, coincided last month with the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. After all, the succah, the hut that Jews inhabit during the autumn harvest festival, represents the fragility of life. The winds blow and the rains fall, leaving its dwellers vulnerable toRead More


Abortion Ban Degrades And Devalues Women

By David Ellenson

President Bush recently signed a ban on so-called “partial birth abortions” into law. Enactment of this legislation marks a great victory for the religious right, and such passage surely reflects — as many commentators have pointed out — how successful the proponents of the ban have been in their campaign to restrict the scope of RoeRead More


Over the Top Protest Down Under

By Michael Danby

Over the last month there has been an acrimonious public confrontation between the leadership of the Australian Jewish community and those who were once that community’s natural allies and closest friends — the political left, and more particularly, the Australian Labor Party.The issue was the decision by the Sydney Peace Foundation to awardRead More


Can’t Win, Can’t Afford To Lose

By Leonard Fein

Had President Bush delivered the same speech at the United Nations before the invasion of Iraq, and then turned to the international body to implement his vision, our world would be quite different today. As it is, we are stuck in Iraq: we cannot win, yet we cannot afford to lose.The president casts his commitment to the democratization of Iraq in…Read More


Build Coalitions of Decency To Fight Hatred

By Eric Yoffie

A mere 10 years ago, we felt confident that antisemitism was no longer a significant threat. But we were wrong. Most of us have been exposed to more antisemitic discourse during the last two years than we have seen in our entire lives.We note with horror the monstrous canards that continue to circulate in the Arab andRead More


Back to School for Israel Advocacy

By Ronald S. Lauder and Jay Schottenstein

Jewish sages have written that “any love which is offered without criticism is not true love.” Recently, however, Israel’s minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs, Natan Sharansky, found himself subjected to stinging rebukes over a tough critique he penned in these pages analyzing the dismal state of Jewish campus activism in theRead More


A People Dwelling Alone

By Leonard Fein

To the 100,000 or more people who gathered November 1 in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, there was perhaps some sense of urgency to the occasion. Just the day before, vandals had painted swastikas on the monument that marks the spot where Yigal Amir fired the shots that changedRead More


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