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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


‘Never Again,’ Now in the Congo

By Jocelyn Hellig

‘A Sept. 11 toll, every day, for 666 days,” headlined a June 25 article in a Johannesburg newspaper, The Star, on the five-year-old conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.How odd. The death of at least 3.3 million Africans — exceeding the numbers killed in either the Korean or Vietnam wars — seems comprehensibleRead More


Waiting for Abu Mazen’s Altalena

By Moshe Maoz

As the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, tries to stop Palestinian violence with a cease-fire rather than brute force, Israelis and their American supporters keep calling for a “Palestinian Altalena.”The Altalena was the much-chronicled ship loaded with munitions that the underground, militant Jewish militia, the Irgun, intendedRead More


Good News for Wall Street, But Not for Main Street

By Gus Tyler

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, The Wall Street Journal brought good news about the future of the American economy. A poll of 54 economists found a high degree of optimism. They predicted that in the third quarter of this year, the Gross Domestic Product — the sum total of the economy’s output — would grow by an annualized rateRead More


Under the Mideast Knife

By Leonard Fein

And so the Bijani twins died after all. The world watched as a valiant team of 28 doctors and 100 medical assistants at Raffles Hospital in Singapore sought to separate the 29 year-old women conjoined at the back of their heads, an operation rarely undertaken on adults, never before — and not this time, either — successful.Read More





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