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Philip Weiss on
Paul Waldman

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.

A communal confession on Yom Kippur

Marc H. Ellis on
Rabbi Brant Rosen

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.

Losing My Religion: A high holy days reflection

Moti Rieber on
Chapel windows in Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden, CT. (Photo: Samuel D. Gruber)

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.

#IStandWithAhmed: Story of Muslim-American teenager arrested for bringing clock to school goes viral (Updated)

Annie Robbins on
Ahmed Mohamed

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.

Iran Deal’s liberation: Judaism is not Zionism

Philip Weiss on
John Brown, 1856

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.

Iran Deal aftermath brings warnings of donor backlash against Dems

Philip Weiss on
Sen. John Cornyn

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.

Buy tickets now! Only $360 to hear Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross!

Philip Weiss on
Dennis Ross

“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.

‘Did we learn nothing from 1938?’: Scenes from the Trump and Cruz anti-Iran deal rally

Peter Voskamp on
(Photo: Peter Voskamp)

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.

AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang

Philip Weiss on
Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

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.

Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?

Philip Weiss on
FL Congresswoman Lois Frankel

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.

The Iran Deal is an African American achievement

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu lectures Obama in 2011

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

The Israel lobby is alive and well– and split

Philip Weiss on
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

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.

Debacle for the Israel lobby: Booker jilts Boteach, and Netanyahu sinks AIPAC

Philip Weiss on
Senator Booker

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