The Nation endorsed Bernie Sanders for president — its third endorsement in 150 years.
The Jewish National Fund is honoring Charles Stanley, an anti-gay pastor. Jay Michaelson says that’s not shocking given the growing alliance between pro-Israel and evangelical Christians.
It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate. What’s unusual is that the target this time is the Israeli government and the proposed law emphasizes Jewish rights.
Israel isn’t alone in having a religious or ethnic basis. J.J. Goldberg explains that cold hard political calculations may be behind the new exclusionary ‘Jewish nation’ bill.
The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York has come out against Israel’s proposed nation-state bill, which would enshrine into law Israel’s status as Jewish state.
‘Goliath,’ a new book by gonzo journalist Max Blumenthal, has been dubbed the ‘I Hate Israel Handbook.’ J.J. Goldberg explains why it’s making even some anti-Zionists nervous.
Marc and Alicia discuss top stories, including the mideast conflict between Gaza & Israel, Romney’s comments on Obama’s ‘gifts’, & Republicans criticism of Susan Rice.
Marc and Alicia discuss the mideast conflict between Gaza & Israel.
In a moving ceremony at his residence, Israeli President Shimon Peres presented the 2012 Beautiful Israel Award to the Keren Keyemet L’ Israel or the Jewish National Fund. The award, given out since 1977, goes to those who’ve made significant and unique contributions to the quality of life and the environment in Israel… KKL-JNF more than qualifies…the non-profit which is celebrating its 110 anniversary this year has a long history of buying, developing and beautifying the land of Israel… We met Efi Stenzler - the world chairman of KKL-JNF- at the organization’s historic headquarters in Tel Aviv…today most of the building is a museum that showcases how the land-buying fund helped new immigrants transform much of the arid and uninhabitable terrain of Israel into fertile land that could support thriving communities. This KKL-JNF office also housed Israel’s provisional government under David Ben-Gurion six months before the State was declared…in this very room Ben-Gurion signed Israel’s declaration of Independence… By that time KKL-JNF had already been around more than 45 years…it was established in 1901 at the 5th Zionist Congress in Basel. Viennese Professor Zvi Shapira, with the support of Theodore Herzl, decided to raise money from Jews the world over in order to buy land in Israel from Arabs and others… The tin blue donation box soon became the iconic symbol of KKL-JNF…the collection boxes were put on counters in every corner of the world…they …
They’re often called the “forgotten refugees” — a group of more than 850000 Jews who were kicked out of the Arab world or fled from state-sponsored persecution after the State of Israel was founded… It’s what some historian’s call the Arab world’s “double war” on the Jewish state. one was fought on the battleground, the other at home against the nearly one million Jews who had lived for hundreds of years in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Tunisai, Yemen, Morroco and Algeria. The plight of these Arab Jewish refugees never made world headlines for very long — that’s because nearly 70% of them went to Israel where they were integrated. But their expulsion from Arab countries was filled with abuse and violence — most left wealthy communities with no more than a suitcase in their hand. The Arab governments are estimated to have seized between what would be today the equivalent of $5-$10 billion dollars of assets from the Arab Jewish refugees. At this first ever conference called “Justice for Jewish Refugees from Arab countries,” the Israeli government and the World Jewish Congress are demanding recognition of the crimes committed and compensation… Prime Minister Netanyahu is championing the cause more than any of his predecessors…he recorded a message for the conference… Levana Zamir, who was born in Cairo, came to the conference to tell her harrowing story. She was 10 years old on May 16th, 1948, the day the state of Israel was declared. That evening, 10 Egyptian police …