Washington Post: is Israel's blockade causing a Gaza humanitarian crisis?

This week's Gaza flotilla crisis has – no surprise here – renewed debate over Israel' blockade of Gaza, which, depending on which Israeli official is talking, is meant to choke off arms to Hamas, disillusion Gazans with the terror group's iron rule or win the release of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier held by Hamas.

But this is the Middle East, so getting facts through the morass of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda isn't easy.

Sold! The Jewish Art Museum Crisis

Jewish news this week has been dominated by the flotilla crisis, but there's another Jewish problem still brewing: the fate of Jewish art museums.  You'll remember that about a year and a half ago, Brandeis University announced that it was considering selling all the artwork in its small, but precious and impressive Rose Art Museum. Warhol's, de Kooning's and many other mid-century treasures were on display on museum's walls, and the university, facing its own dire fiscal problems, thought they could make money quick be selling it.

Jewish Democrats attack Jane Harman primary opponent. Is there a trend here?

You don't hear many congressional candidates campaigning on a platform that includes a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that's what's happening in California – and the National Jewish Democratic Council isn't very happy with the Democratic hopeful who's pitching that line.

Days of Heaven

"Any dispute that is for the sake of Heaven (l'shaim Shamayim) will have a constructive outcome, but one that is not for the sake of Heaven will not have a constructive outcome" [Pirkei Avot 5:20].

How Charles Barron Can Help Himself

I have met Councilman Charles Barron and interviewed him many times. I do not believe, as some claim, that he is anti-Semitic. But he is unquestionably biased when it comes to Israel.

Fake Israeli PR Twitter Feed

Time Magazine released its list of the top ten satirical Twitter feeds. By "satirical," Time is referring to an intentionally faux feeds that seeks to poke fun at its subject. Topping the list is British Petroleum's fake public relations feed, which notably has five times as many followers as BP's official, verified Twitter account. [I'm sure it will only gain in popularity with this publicity.]

IsraelGlobalPR is a satirical Twitter feed critical of Israel

Too Hot to Date

It's hot in Jerusalem.

The kind of heat that just grips you in a big ole bear hug and doesn't let you go.

The kind of scorcher that turns a white Ashkenazi girl like me - better suited for the frigid climate of Siberia than the blazing heat of the Mediterranean - into the color of pickled ginger.

Beinart's Jews: Fries, Jam & Chocolate for Hamas, Not One Word For Shalit

We've established previously that Peter Beinart lied about Netanyahu not supporting the Oslo accords, when he did support the Oslo accords, and that Beinart, when not lying is distorting, such as claiming that Netanyahu opposed a Palestinian state -- which he did oppose in 1993, without Beinart adding  the all-important fact that Netanyahu supports a Palestinian state today.

'A Deck Chair Is Not A Weapon'

Without knowing it, Edward Peck, a former US ambassador to Mauritania and one of the activists on those now-legendary Gaza boats, did Israel a favor Wednesday while telling his version of events on CNN.
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