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Pollard and his admirers

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 I don’t know why – I’ve been doing this for a long time, after all – but I still react with surprise to each new indication that Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy who wants out of the prison he now shares with Ponzi king Bernie Madoff, is his own worst enemy. Case in point: a new posting on the “official” Justice for Jonathan Pollard Web site by an Israeli rabbi, who just can’t contain his admiration for Jonathan.

Torture, the CIA and a mostly silent Jewish community

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 Most major Jewish groups have steadfastly avoided taking a position on issues involving the treatment of U.S. foreign detainees. Not so the Reform movement; this week the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism hailed Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint a federal prosecutor to look into cases of possible violations of the law by CIA interrogators who used coercive techniques.

Huckabee: the settlers’ best friend (and maybe the Armageddonists, too)

Monday, August 24th, 2009 Isn’t it nice that former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee and his fellow evangelical Christians are “so much more supportive of Israel than the American Jewish community.” That’s what Huckabee, a 2012 Republican presidential frontrunner, told the Christian Broadcasting Network after a trip to Israel that focused mostly on Jewish settlements and East Jerusalem, places most national politicians in this country try to avoid. Well, no, Huck, I think you got it wrong again.

Israel Advocacy On Campus (program at JCC)

Friday, August 21st, 2009 ISRAEL ADVOCACY ON CAMPUS:: The Strength of Standing Together   Speaker: Micah Halpern   SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2009 6:30-8:30 PM JCC OF MANHATTAN AMSTERDAM AVE. & 76TH STREET   REFRESHMENTS BY KOSHER ITALIAN NOIDUE RESTAURANT   ADMISSION IS FREE

The Worst Pogrom In History - 80 Years After

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 Here’s some more on Hebron from Lubavitch.com, related to this week’s Media column.   Other pogroms may have had higher death totals but no pogrom was more barbaric.   Although the massacre took place at the end of August, the yahrtzeit for the Hebron martyrs is Av 17.  

The Illusion Of Sanctuary

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Our little bungalow in the Catskills isn’t much. A scarce one-bedroom dwelling with a shared porch, a single air-conditioner that only serves its purpose when the temperature is below 90, a circa-70s kitchen that doubles as the second bedroom and a bathroom that is probably better left undescribed. It seems to be a highly recommended tourist destination for flies and ants.

 

More on Sidney Zion

Friday, August 14th, 2009 Check this out, Navasky on Sidney, in The Tablet.

The Jewish Week political insider is taking a break

Friday, August 14th, 2009 The Political Insider is going off the grid for a week.  We’ll catch up with you after August 23.
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