I was going to blog something on the Sweden-Israel dust up over the ludicrous charge in a Swedish newspaper that IDF forces harvest the organs of dead Palestinians as soon as I could figure out what to say, but it seems to me the Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt and liberal Israeli blogger Gershom Gorenberg said just about everything that needs to be said on the subject.
J Street’s legion of detractors have something else to be unhappy about; the year-old pro-Israel, pro-peace process lobby and political action committee has hired one of Washington’s most highly regarded Jewish activists.
Hadar Susskind, who currently works as vice president and Washington director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), has signed on as director of policy and strategy for the political arm of the group.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
“Them shiney gold coins
Sure looked bright and jolly
I took the money home and I gave it to my Molly.
She promised and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil’s in the women and they never can be easy
Musha rigum duram da
Whack-fo the daddy-o
There’s whiskey in the jar.”
– Irish folk tune
What strikes me the most about Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died last night after a battle with brain cancer, is how he represents something we’ve lost in American politics: a genuine passion for the issues, combined with a willingness and ability to work across party lines and actually get things done.
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.
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.