The bitterly contentious exchange involving New Atheists Sam Harris and Bill Maher teaming up against actor Ben Affleck on the matter of Islam shows us quite explicitly the dangerous pitfalls of Interfaith Dialogue and its fatally flawed process. Harris and the other New Atheists, following the lead of the Interfaith Dialogue movement, militantly isolate religion from its contexts. Instead, our understanding of religion needs to take into account the history, culture, and politics that has impacted its development
Category Archives: US Politics
A review of Maurice Jacobsen’s multimedia exhibit “WE ALL LIVE IN GAZA,” which was recently on display at the ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan
John Kerry’s address to the Gaza Donors Conference in Cairo on Sunday was remarkably vacant, if not disingenuous. Reading through Kerry’s address paragraph by paragraph is an exercise in futility. Yet the political ramifications are extreme. Everyone knows that after the Gaza war a profound reckoning is needed. Yet John Kerry – and the Gaza Donors Conference – isn’t even clos
The NYT wonders, smartly, why the world should pay to rebuild Gaza when it will just be destroyed again. As to which side is responsible for the “collapse” of peace talks, the editorial is silent. As to which side is responsible for the destruction of Gaza, and for the likelihood of it being repeated, the editorial is also silent.
“Increasingly, Israel was challenged and spurned by some of us,” Rabbi Angela Buchdahl says to a leading reform synagogue in Manhattan before imploring her congregation to love Israel because American Jews are the country’s “strategic allies.”
Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the NYT, says that the NYT should disclose the fact that neoconservative columnist David Brooks’s son joined the Israeli army because he’s involved “in a serious international conflict.” Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, says the Times doesn’t need to disclose the fact.
Martin Indyk says Democratic politicians are having less to do with Israel because the party base doesn’t support the country, and Obama’s recent indifference to Israel suggests he wants nothing to do with the country. He told Israel what it had to do years ago and Israelis ignored him.
Why is the Meltzer group, a US life insurance company, underwriting a talk by an Israeli reserve colonel defending Israel’s conduct in the Gaza slaughter of last summer? At a Washington synagogu
The White House bridled yesterday at Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the U.S. is violating “American values” in opposing Israeli expansion into East Jerusalem. Press secretary Josh Earnest lectured the Prime Minister on American support and singled out the new Jewish settlements in Silwan and Givat Hamatos
Jews Say NO! and Jewish Voice for Peace/NY write a letter to New York Senators Charles Schumer
and Kirsten Gillibrand asking them to to enforce provisions of federal law that require the termination of aid to any unit of a foreign military for which there is credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.
Melissa Clark is a foodwriting star. She’s at the New York Times and has authored many cookbooks. She was on Leonard Lopate’s show on WNYC the other day to talk about her favorite cookbooks, described herself as an American who loves many world cuisines, Indian, French, Mexican, regional American cooking. She was asked about Irma Rombauer’s classic, Joy
Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke made the mistake of voting against emergency funding to Israel at the height of the Gaza massacres this summer. His own donors have expressed anger with him in El Paso, and O’Rourke has reached out to local Jewish leaders and the Israel lobby group AIPAC. And after the “healing process,” he’s going to Israel.
Devastation as far as the eye can see is our Yom Kippur geography. If a closing prayer is a must, chant the Amidah. The Shema. Anything that comes to mind. With a caveat. Stop the prayers if they don’t make sense in the Gaza rubble. If a prayer doesn’t make sense when the names of the murdered are read, call up another prayer. This goes for any comments that are made as well. If they make sense in the presence of the Gazan dead. Otherwise be silent
Artist Ethan Heitner presents a profound protest idea on Yom Kippur.
Rabbis Susan Talve and Randy Fleisher pray for justice in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., but support AIPAC when Israel is involved. Racial justice at home, apartheid over there.
Did Chuck Schumer just say, ‘My opinions on Palestine are evolving’? That is the aim of a new campaign aimed at the senator’s assertion that he is Israel’s guardian in the U.S. It’s time to talk about Israeli human rights violations. Demo on Monday at his NY offic