War

The Widening Israel-Diaspora Gap

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Few can watch the footage of Palestinian suffering in Gaza these days without feeling great sadness and empathy. But while some of us blame the cynicism and brutality of Hamas for purposely putting civilians in harm’s way as part of its strategy, appealing to the world to stop Israel in its tracks, others blame Israel without considering the context – or worse yet, are convinced that Israel is the aggressor here, not an independent state fighting terrorist thugs whose sole purpose is to destroy it, and Jews everywhere.

Kucinich Wants “Independent” UN Investigation of Israeli Gaza Offensive

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 James Besser in Washington This just in: Rep. Dennis Kucinich  (D-Ohio) is calling for  an “independent” investigation into “Israel’s war against Gaza,” which he says amounts to “collective punishment.” (Read his statement here)

Groups Try to Galvanize Jewish Antiwar Activism

Friday, November 21st, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’s been an anomaly of Jewish life since 2003: Jews have been more opposed to the Iraq war than almost any other group, and yet Jewish organizations have been mostly silent on the subject. Among major Jewish groups, only the Reform movement has called for an end to the conflict, and they have done so with exquisite caution.

Feingold to Get Foreign Relations Chair?

Friday, November 7th, 2008 James Besser in Washington The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported today that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) could be a candidate for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations, now that the current chair – Sen. Joe Biden – is headed to the Vice President’s mansion.

The Cost Of Our Freedom

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Am I going to have to go the Army?,”eight-year-old Jacob asked me recently as he channel-surfed past a war movie.

 

The question is impossible to answer with certainty. Parents who married after the War To End All Wars never anticipated that their children would be drafted to fight in the war that came after that, World War II.

 

The Cost Of Our Freedom

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Am I going to have to go the Army?,”eight-year-old Jacob asked me recently as he channel-surfed past a war movie.

 

The question is impossible to answer with certainty. Parents who married after the War To End All Wars never anticipated that their children would be drafted to fight in the war that came after that, World War II.

 

Who’s Fasting Today and Why?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

After feasting for two days on festive Rosh Hashanah meals, there no doubt are many of us who have sworn off food today. But there are others who are doing thesame for religious rather than dietary reasons.

That’s because the day after Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar is Tzom Gedaliah, the Fast of Gedaliah, a little-known minor fast (meaning it is “only” from dawn to dark, unlike Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, which start the night before).

Joe Klein vs. Abe Foxman on Iraq, Iran and “Jewish Neoconservatives”

Friday, June 27th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Jewish leaders are understandably nervous as they continue pressing for a stronger U.S. and international response to Iran, while trying to avoid stirring up recurrent charges that Jews somehow caused the seemingly endless Iraq war and are now trying to do the same with Iran.
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