Update: JTA is reporting that Thomas has retired, effective immediately.
Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, a prosperous Washington suburb, had a graduation speaker all lined up for the June 14 event. But then the proposed speaker was caught on camera saying Israels should “get the hell out of Palestine” and maybe just go back where they came from – presumably places like Germany and Poland.
That was Helen Thomas, the Hearst Newspapers columnist and a member of the White House press corps for 60 years. Her comments produced the predictable reaction, with some Jewish groups calling for Hearst to give her the ax because of her blatant bias against the Jewish state and some Jewish Republicans trying to lay the controversy in the lap of the Obama administration.
Update: the New York Times asks whether talk about Israel as a strategic liability instead of asset is gaining traction in this "Week in Review" article. It's the New York Times, so look for some strong reactions from pro-Israel leaders in the next few days - and some qu
A nice column today by the Washington Post's irrepressible Dana Milbank, who takes some pokes at the oil state politicians – mostly Republicans – who claim the BP oil spill was an “act of God,” so there's no point in punishing BP or poking the government's nose into their busi
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Democrats pressed Republicans to distance themselves from a major donor involved in Richard Nixon's campaign against Jewish government employees.
Fred Malek's role in demoting Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics while working as personnel director in the Nixon administration was first revealed in 1988, when it led to his resignation as deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee. He subsequently reached out to Jewish groups to make amends.
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.
No humanitarian aid to Shalit, and no story either.
Even before the facts were clear about the battle between Israeli commandos and the pro-Hamas flotilla, we were told by The New York Times website, and dozens of other online media, that Israel was being “condemned.” Indeed it was.
Remember the 2008 election, when then-Sen. Barack Obama talked a lot about his religious faith and the Democratic Party seemed determined to show voters it could do religion as well as the Republicans?
Why are Jews so out of sync with the world? Why can't we see all that's beautiful about Obama the way Libya's Gaddafi can? Did you notice the way he keeps bringing up Obama's Muslim father? I guess he didn't he read all those editorials and columns in Jewish newspapers, back in 2008, saying no one should ever bring up Obama's connections to Islam. But really, what did all those Jews really know about Obama and Islam?
N.Y. area rabbis, some feeling ‘forced,’ wading into rocky political waters; anxiety seen in pews.
As the strain in U.S.-Israel relations continues, some area rabbis who generally don’t mix religion and politics on the pulpit are setting aside those constraints.
“People were asking me and my hand was sort of forced,” said Rabbi Perry Rank, spiritual leader of the Midway Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue in Syosset, L.I. “My sense is that Mr. [Barack] Obama has unnerved the American Jewish community and people are looking for a perspective on the issue.