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The Jewish Lobby, Revisited

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The Forward has a nice piece this week on how U.S. Rep. John Hall, rocker-turned-Congressman in the Hudson Valley, anchored his narrow victory over Republican Sue Kelly last year by winning the burgeoning Kiryas Joel compound of Orthodox Jews to his side, over a water-rights issue.

Good reporting. The Forward notes that the Israel issue doesn’t matter that much to the Satmars, and I would add that Neturei Karta, the anti-Zionist Jews who actually care about atrocities against Arabs (and yes, went to Tehran recently for Ahmedinejad’s anti-Holocaust show), is based in Monsey—in Hall’s district, I believe. I hope Walt and Mearsheimer write about them; maybe that way the mainstream media would finally do the story.

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