Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman wags finger at Republicans over Muslims, and says Jews empathized with blacks because we were outsiders. Tell that to the Palestinians. This is PEP personified: progressive except Palestine.
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Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.
The New York Times and New York Review of Books have published big important pieces describing Jewish terrorism in Israel and its occupied territories, but both pieces are romantic, and propose to save Zionism and Israel from this inherent element.
Rabbi Moti Rieber reflects on why he did not attend synagogue on Rosh Hashanah this year. He says it comes down to three reasons: the religious practice is boring, he has lost his faith in Jewish community, and Israel is a mess.
The conflict is now central to the American left, as indicated by Haymarket’s six titles on Palestine in its fall 2015 list of books
Ann Coulter shouldn’t have said “fucking Jews” on twitter, but she was making a legitimate point: Republican candidates aren’t sucking up to Jewish voters on Israel but to neoconservative moneybags who want war in the Middle East.
Islamophobia ran amok on Monday with the arrest and interrogation of 14 year old aspiring inventor, Ahmed Mohamed. Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to impress his teacher at MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, but instead of encouraging words his teacher and principal called in the police. Mohamed was then interrogated without his parents present, handcuffed and hauled down to the local juvenile detention. Ahmed Mohamed is Muslim. His teacher thought his clock was a bomb. After Mohamed’s arrest went viral, andby Tuesday night it spiraled into a tidal wave of support.
Temple Israel of Great Neck, L.I., hands out a flyer celebrating Israeli soldiers’ massacre in Gaza at Rosh Hashana services, conflating Judaism and militant Zionism
In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane says that Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and other anti-Zionists are anti-Semitic, and outside a Jewish socialist tradition, because they endorse Hamas and Hezbollah’s violent resistance to occupation. Liberal twaddle.
A new directive has been given to students to make opposition to the Iran Deal a primary focus of their campus activism and claims: “there is little room for dissent or even discussion over the merits of supporting the Iran deal”. Some students aren’t happy about it.
In Israel’s hour of need, American Jews did not support it on the Iran Deal. They thereby undermined a core principle of US Jewish support for Israel: Judaism is ZIonism. Anti-Zionists have argued that Judaism is not Zionism for years, and lost, till now.
During the holiday season expect few words about Palestinians and even less concern. Tzedek Chicago is the exception of exceptions with the notable appearance of Max Blumenthal on, of all days, Yom Kippur.
The New York Times was honest about a large factor in the Iran Deal: how many Congresspeople who oppose the deal are Jewish. The debate over the foreign policy breakthrough has often seemed like an inside-Jewish discussion.
Articles on the aftermath of the Iran Deal say the “Jewish community” will be active in the next political cycle, a reference to big Jewish donors who oppose the deal and want retribution for those who backed it. But most American Jews support the Iran Deal, even if they’re not wielding influence.
NYT’s Isabel Kershner fails to interview human rights law expert on Israel’s use of “live fire” on Palestinian stonethrowers, and notes 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers only in last paragraph
“What comes next?” is an all day forum on “the Jewish future” to be staged by the Jewish Review of Books in October featuring a bunch of old Zionists who we’ve heard a million times before including Henry Kissinger, Elliott Abrams, Ruth Wisse, Joseph Lieberman and Dennis Ross. And the ticket price: $360! When Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross are willing to bore most audiences for nothing.
In Sandy Tolan’s new book, Children of the Stone, there’s no attempt at false “balance,” no endeavor to spend equal time on the Israeli side or make their situation seem as bad as—or worse than—the Palestinian reality in order to get the “non-biased” stamp of approval.
Peter Voskamp reports from the Ted Cruz and Donald Trump rally against the Iran Deal on the front lawn of the US Capitol. If placards, t-shirts and other insignia were any indication, the event was filled with an eclectic mix of what used to be strange bedfellows: conservative Tea Partiers, Israel supporters, and all manner of opponents of anyone named Obama, Boehner or those affiliated with the Democratic party. Tank-topped attendees with camouflaged “Duck Dynasty” baseball caps stood next to those wearing business suits and yarmulkes. American and Israeli flags flew in the breeze in front of a large TRUMP banner.
Netanyahu’s American lobby has been discredited and smashed. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach compares its stand against the Iran deal to Masada, a mass suicide. Victorious Democrats must now begin a debate over Palestinians’ rights.
With enemies like Dick Cheney, Shmuley Boteach, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House doesn’t need friends on the Iran Deal!
People are openly counting Jewish vote in Congress on Iran Deal. So far 15 in favor, 9 against, 4 to announce. We grant Jews greater influence because of the Jewish connection to Israel and the Jewish organizations pressuring them, saying it’s anti-Semitic to support the deal.
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took a brave stand for the Iran Deal, saying it was the most difficult decision of her 23-year career because of her commitment to her “homeland” Israel and her fervent desire as a Jewish mother to make sure Israel will always be there.
Cory Booker’s support for his president and Gwen Ifill’s anti-Netanyahu tweet are symbolic of an African-American achievement. The Iran Deal wouldn’t have gone through without strong black leadership
Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he can’t trust his old friend Sen. Cory Booker after he announced his support for the Iran Deal, and the Washington Post says Israeli PM Netanyahu screwed the Israel lobby when he decided to interfere in US politics by speaking to Congress against the president in March