Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West Bank

It’s not every day when some of the world’s most acclaimed novelists find themselves caught up in a flashpoint illustrating the tense relations between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank. Naomi Zeveloff was there.


Welcome to Queens College, Where Jews and Muslims Dialogue

In the frenetic debate over Israel, free speech and alleged anti-Semitism at the City University of New York, one campus has avoided conflict and rancor. Sam Kestenbaum explains what makes Queens College so different.


Is Simone Zimmerman an ‘Anti-Israel’ Martyr — or Poster Child for Bernie Sanders Bungling?

The hashtag #IStandWithSimone took off shortly after the Sanders campaign abruptly suspended its Jewish outreach coordinator April 13. Within hours, hundreds of tweets were posted in support of Simone Zimmerman, who had been hired only days earlier; she had immediately created an uproar when an old Facebook post surfaced in which she used vulgarity directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Rabbi Andy Bachman Bounced From Bernie Sanders Interfaith Roundtable

Rabbi Sara Luria wasn’t sure why she was called to participate in a panel discussion on faith and social justice with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just 45 minutes before it was to start.


Sheldon Silver Had 2 Affairs, Including With Lobbyist: Prosecutors

Sheldon Silver, one of New York state’s most powerful politicians before his December conviction in a bribery case, had two extramarital affairs while in office, with a lobbyist and with a woman whom he helped get a state job, according to documents unsealed on Friday.

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