Category Archives: US Politics
Dan Fischer explains why he removed an insert titled “Prayer for the Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces” from his synagogue’s Yom Kippur service last year.
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.
Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim outside Atlanta gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.” Lewis is no fringe figure. He has served this popular suburban congregation for nearly 40 years and was given a commendation by the US Congress
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
In his new book, Israel: Is It Good for the Jews? Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, no stranger to racial controversy, says that the Palestinians caused their own expulsion from their lands in 1948 by resisting Zionist immigration. “They simply had to be pushed out… the enemy had to go.”
The Israeli army had a busy summer so now its friends are staging fundraisers to help the army with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Nets basketball teams. And with Rabbi Howard Stecker on Long Island.
According to retired church personnel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America the new presiding bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, is seeking to retrench the church’s position on Israel/Palestine. And they fear a witch-hunt against those church workers who demand substantive action
Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against
From the New York Times August 19th, just brought to my attention, an article on declining bipartisanship even inside the Senate dining room. Reported by Ashley Parker. Nice work Ashley, getting the word bellow in there. This was about the time Israel was slaughtering civilians in Gaza: One morning last month [July], Senator Mitch McConnell,
88 Senators warn Palestinians against taking unilateral actions against Israel at the UN. But Warren and Sanders don’t sign on for once, joining a refuser caucus that includes Tammy Baldwin, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowsk
More fallout from Megan Marzec’s dramatic call for Ohio University to divest. State treasurer Josh Mandel says that Ohio is fully invested in Israel, which is “our friend, ally and beacon of American values.”
From Inside Higher Ed: Steve Cicala, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, says he has canceled the lecture he was scheduled to deliver to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Business next month. In a letter to Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Cicala calls Wise’s stated reasons for pulling controversial scholar
Katherine Franke speaks at U of Illinois and stands with Steven Salaita in the face of well-funded campaign to shut down free speech for Palestinians in the name of civility. “Whatever else civility may be, it is not an academic norm. Rigor is an academic norm. Making arguments backed by evidence is an academic norm.”
From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?” One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in
The New York Times buries the news: young Jews don’t feel attached to Israel and their rabbis want to criticize the country in the wake of Gaza, but keep their mouths shut because of older donors. Rabbi Jill Jacobs speaks courageously on the divid
New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren neglects to explain the Golan Heights are occupied territory in a story about Israel shooting down a Syrian fighter jet.
Two weeks after a Yale chaplain lost his job for saying that Gaza has fostered anti-Semitism in Europe, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch refers to “anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war,” and is slapped by Jeffrey Goldberg for doing so. But Israel itself has promoted the confusion of Zionism with Judaism.