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November 2007

Is Olmert an Antisemite?

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Today’s Haaretz features an interview with Ehud Olmert datelined the U.S. in which the P.M. says that Israel must allow a two-state solution now or face a “South-African style struggle for equal voting rights” that will alienate American Jewish groups….

Why the Left is Singin’ Gospels…

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Sometimes we don’t see how much the world has changed. The left has changed the U.S. discourse in the last few months. It’s happened before our eyes. Yes, Walt and Mearsheimer are marginalized, but last night in a packed church…

My Wife Invokes Sharia re Our Investments

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My wife and I made some money off the sale of our house (I’m almost ashamed to admit, what with the sales crisis) and I was about to give a bunch to our investment guy when my wife invoked Sharia,…

Are Pro-Israel Doves Part of the Lobby? Fleshler’s Challenge

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A couple weeks back, I criticized Americans for Peace Now for remaining on the executive board of AIPAC; and Dan Fleshler responded to me on his blog, in a post called “Are Pro-Israel doves part of the ‘lobby’?” Weiss does…

The Bags at Barney Greengrass Are Too Thick

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My wife and I are moving, and the buyer came to our old house three days before closing as we were clearing out. A little pushy; but it was O.K. She wanted her architect to look at the place, that…

I Want to Use the Word ‘Holocaust’ for Iraq

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The ever-curious Charlie Rose deserves kudos for hosting Saad Eskander, the Iraqi national librarian, the other night. It is the kind of interchange that I as an optimist want to think can change America: an intelligent, sensitive Arab speaks from…

Norman Mailer on the Neocons, and Israel Ghettoizing the Palestinians

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There’s an attack on Norman in Jewlicious, referring to comments he made about his Jewishness in Nextbook, but the best piece I’ve seen is The American Conservative’s interview of five years back. The folks from TAC asked about Israel and…

A Little Hill Near Bethlehem Reveals the Power of the Israel Lobby

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When I visited Bethlehem a year back, I got the view north back to Jerusalem–beyond the all-but-encircling concrete barrier–of a sugarloaf of a hill with a gleaming settlement on it. Har Homa was built in the late ’90s, and its…

Sarkozy Tells Us About the Good War, and Friendship

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I watched Sarkozy’s speech to Congress on C-Span last night and it brought tears to my eyes. That guy has some good writers. Sarkozy summoned us to what is great in America. He talked about American individuality and daring, he…

Another Jewish Student Seeks Sanctions Against Israel

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I grew up middle-class in Baltimore. My parents raised 6 kids on an academic salary and my mother bought all our clothes at thrift shops. From 10 to 12, the object of all my hankering was E.J. Korvette’s. It was…

Does Paul Newman Owe a Spiritual Debt to the Palestinians?

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One of my mentors in Israel/Palestine issues is Boston-area activist Hilda Silverman. She is at once very Jewish (which gives me great comfort) and very concerned with Palestinian human rights. The other day she sent out the following note to…