Monthly Archives:
June 2007

How Bad Ideas (Like an Undivided Jerusalem) Get Good Money

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The Senate is investigating gifts by drug companies to doctors. Says The Times: the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom…

Former Knesset Speaker Says ‘Law of Return’ Mirrors Hitler

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One of my touchstones for trying to understand Israel is something Tony Kushner said to me a year ago: that most American Jews’ idea of Israel is a “fantasy built on a delusion.” They have little idea what it’s really…

Barton Gellman Says the ‘Gutless’ Fail to Consider: Torture Works

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Just now on Charlie Rose, Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, co-author of the thoughtful Cheney bio running this week, said that opponents of torture are “gutless” when they insist it doesn’t work. The real challenge, he said, is this: What…

Chomsky on Israel’s ‘Right to Exist’

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The other night at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Anne Roiphe said that she could have dialogue with anyone except me, because as a non/anti-Zionist, I was denying the right of Israel to exist. Dan Fleshler, the third panelist, and…

Glenn Greenwald on “Israel-centric” Neocons

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I just got hold of a copy of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, A Tragic Legacy: How a Good Vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency. Greenwald is a leftlib blogger/lawyer and has a mind like a steel trap: fiercely logical….

A Night With Progressive Zionists

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Last night’s discussion among progressive Jews on Israel, , organized by Charney Bromberg of Meretz USA at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York, was a turbulent one. A lot of that turbulence surrounded me and my views. The…

‘How to Talk Candidly About Israel’

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Here’s the flyer for tomorrow night’s event, at the Stephen M. Wise Free Synagogue in N.Y. hosted by Meretz USA, that I’m participating in. I see that the Forward’s J.J. Goldberg is moderating, and Anne Roiphe is joining Dan Fleshler…

Paul Berman Is Against Head Scarves (I’m Not)

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Paul Berman’s piece in TNR on Tariq Ramadan is important, and deserves attention for a few reasons. One is Berman’s point that western liberals have rationalized the stoning of adulterers and other primitive practices in the Muslim world. I’m not…

Re Joachim Martillo and the ‘Heinous’ Issue

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I don’t share Joachim Martillo’s view of the Holocaust. The Nazi crimes define the word heinous. I don’t see the expulsion of Arabs from Palestine in ’47-’48 as comparable to the Holocaust. I’m also not going to be blocking Martillo…

Was Nifong Motivated by Duke-UNC Rivalry?

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A great book came out last year called To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever, by Will Blythe (yes, a friend), about the undying rivalry between Duke and the University of North Carolina. The rivalry goes way beyond…

The Historical Jesus as a Model for an Un-Sacred Holy Land

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Last night, a religious friend told me about an interesting exchange between Bill Moyers and the female Episcopal bishop, in which the bishop justified discriminating against gays as bishops by saying they would be “crucified.” Here’s the exchange: BISHOP KATHARINE…

Dan Fleshler on Lobby’s Blame for Gaza Disintegration

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On Thursday night at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th Street in New York, a number of Jews including myself will be on a panel about “How Do We Talk About Israel?” The discussion is about: how to…

Rabbi Lelyveld on the ‘Revolutionary’ Spirit in Jews

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Recently I argued that anti-Zionism might just be the new Zionism for Jewish youth, because it appeals to the same idealistic/prophetic chord in Jewish history that Zionism formerly appealed to. I find some support for my view in an unlikely…

The Joy–and Risk–of Yiddish: Gatorade’s ‘Schmendrick’ Ad

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Last night, watching sports, I was shocked to see a Gatorade ad in which Harvey Keitel as a first-base coach counsels Derek Jeter to steal second and calls pitcher John Lackey “a schmendrick.” (Here’s Lackey’s comment). Shocked because schmendrick is…

Sorry, Folks, But–Tony Soprano Got Whacked!

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Congratulations to David Chase for the brilliant ending of The Sopranos! And thanks to him for entertaining us and bringing the culture forward, doing his small part to liberate all the young Meadows and Anthonys in America from the dark…

Speaking as a Jew Against Dual Loyalty

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This morning I woke up with a fresh understanding of the dual-loyalty issues I have been chewing away at in this blog. It is actually staggering when you think about it, that a leading professor of political philosophy–Michael Walzer–can speak…

Why I Moved This Blog From the Observer

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Speaking of Norm Finkelstein, here is the story of how my blog ended up here, and off the Observer site. And yes, it’s a form of censorship; these views will not be underwritten in the mainstream…

Finkelstein Denied Tenure at DePaul

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DePaul’s lamentable decision underscores the fact: There is no room in our discourse for sharp criticism of Israel. As a commenter notes below, Grad students take notice..

Scooter Libby and the Neocons’ Social Universe

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Neocon Scooter Libby has lots of friends, and many wrote letters to his judge, alas to little effect. (Pat Buchanan believes the huge sentence to be “punitive.” I agree.) A couple things interest me about the letters. Paul Wolfowitz says…

More on Assimilation as a Desideratum

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The furor over the immigration bill also involves that word I like: assimilation. Note Ann Coulter’s rage against Hispanics here: [T]raitors who are citizens have destroyed all acculturating institutions… Until the recipient culture is capable of doing an effective job…

2 Out of 3 American Jews Want an End to Occupation, New Settlements

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A new poll of Arab-American and American Jewish attitudes on Israel/Palestine shows remarkable agreement. “Seeing eye to eye,” claim the poll’s sponsors, the Arab American Institute and Americans for Peace Now. To wit: –98 percent of Jews says Israelis have…