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Jewish groups blast Swiss anti-Islam referendum

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 Several Jewish groups don’t care much for Switzerland’s new crackdown on Islam. This week Swiss voters approved a referendum banning the construction of minarets. The measure was pushed by the right-wing Swiss Peoples party, and passed by a surprisingly strong 57 percent majority. Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) were quick to condemn the vote.

Why Do They Hate Us? Maybe Obama’s A Bully

Friday, June 19th, 2009 One of the major complaints by the radical left against the Bush administration was that it was too uniltaral in its foreign affairs, it didn’t take advice from other countries, and the left often pointed to polls showing that support for the United States fell to new lows under Bush.   How’s Obama doing?  

Swedes Never Miss An Opportunity To Miss…

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 American Jews used to be so proud of Abba Eban. He was less adored in Israel, and even less so in Europe. Just this week, a paper headlined, “Abba Museum Flops As Swedes Show Little Interest.”

Time’s Excellent Coverage Of The Shoah - 1943

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Despite all the apologists, anyone in the United States during the 1940s, particularly a Jew, who said that he or she had no idea about the Holocaust was either an idiot or illiterate. Despite all the attacks on the media for not telling everything, and for not telling it on the front page, any person who read Time magazine, the number one newsweekly in 1943, was given all the information required to know that an extermination was underway that was unparalleled in history.  

No Big Bad Wolf In This Housing Crisis

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 The housing crisis we keep hearing about is being reported almost entirely from the vantage point of speculators and sellers. But if you are a young couple starting out in life, seeking to buy your first apartment or home, why is it a crisis if the housing market is in a recession, prices dive and you can suddenly afford to buy?

Happy Birthday, Reuter

Monday, July 28th, 2008 Everyone one of us who cares about news is familiar with Reuters. But until I heard “The Writer’s Almanac” on NPR the other day, it never occurred to me that there was a man, Paul Reuter, who started it all, let alone that he was the son of a rabbi who converted to Christianity. You can hear Garrison Keillor tell you about the man by clicking here:

Pollard, The Chinese Spy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 The recent arrest of an Israeli spy, Ben-Ami Kadish, brings Jonathan Pollard to mind, and one of the weakest, most infuriating arguments on Pollard’s behalf: “He spied for a friendly nation,” Israel. As DeGaulle once said, nations don’t have friends, they only have interests.

Storied Past

12/29/2009
Growing up in a small town where there were few Jewish families, Jewish stories gave me belonging despite the fact that there wasn’t a physical community for me to belong to. Educated at Brandeis University where I was immersed in a largely Jewish student body, Jewish stories gave me pride, for there we were, descendants of the twelve tribes learning side by side.

Jewish groups blast Swiss anti-Islam referendum

Several Jewish groups don't care much for Switzerland's new crackdown on Islam.

This week Swiss voters approved a referendum banning the construction of minarets. The measure was pushed by the right-wing Swiss Peoples party, and passed by a surprisingly strong 57 percent majority.

Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) were quick to condemn the vote.

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