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Harman Wiretap Highlights Suspicions

By Nathan Guttman

Leaks of wiretap transcripts involving a member of Congress and a “suspected Israeli agent” have shone a rare light on the scope of suspicion the American intelligence establishment harbors toward Israel and its supporters.Read More


End of Long Jewish Era for Garment Union

By Nathaniel Popper

The annual commemoration of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire has long been a chance for the leaders of the old Jewish garment unions to come out and memorialize the Jewish roots of the labor movement.Read More


Government Grant Helps California Synagogues Find Eternal Sunshine of the Holy Kind

By Rebecca Spence

In 1897, two New York policemen disrupted a public ceremony marking the Blessing of the Sun and dragged a rabbi down to court for failing to have a permit. More than a century later, on the opposite coast, government officials are not only giving a similar ceremony their blessing — they are also putting money behind a new environmental program in its honor.Read More


Immigration Critic Cries ‘McCarthyism’

By Anthony Weiss

The Jewish community’s most vocal proponent of stricter immigration policies is accusing a national Jewish group of leading a “McCarthyite effort” to silence him.Read More


Muslim Congressman Walks a Tightrope, And Manages To Keep His Balance

By Nathan Guttman

“Did you lose your family, brother?” Rep. Keith Ellison asked as he gently touched the arm of the young Palestinian standing outside the ruins of what was his Gaza home. After hearing that the man had lost both his parents, Ellison promised, “We’ll go back and tell them what we saw.”Read More


Israel, U.S. Pursue Divergent Path on Iran

By Nathan Guttman

As the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran begins to take shape, fault lines between the American approach and that of Israel are becoming apparent.Read More


Freeman, Straight, No Chaser, as Critic of Israel

By Larry Cohler-Esses

Charles “Chas” Freeman, who until recently was set to assume the post of chairman of the National Intelligence Council, wants to make a few things emphatically clear.Read More


Washington Braces To Greet Lieberman as Foreign Minister

By Nathan Guttman

Israel’s choice for its new top diplomat — controversial politician Avigdor Lieberman — can expect a businesslike welcome from America’s foreign-policy community.Read More


Debate Over ‘Israel Lobby’ Clout Returns

By Nathan Guttman

The fight is over. Chas Freeman, the outspoken Israel critic appointed to chair the National Intelligence Council, is out. And now, both sides in the explosive firefight that broke out over his appointment are battling to frame the narrative over what it all meant.Read More


Scholars Rally Around Embattled Professor

By Anthony Weiss

An employment dispute at a Midwestern state university has bubbled into a national cause célèbre in the world of Jewish studies, drawing in some of the field’s leading lights.Read More





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