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Jimmy Carter To Jews: ‘Al Het’

Former president insists his grandson’s campaign is not his only reason for apologizing for ‘Apartheid’ book.

12/24/2009
JTA

Washington — Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness — and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state Senate.

Jason Carter, 34, an Atlanta-area lawyer, is considering a run to fill a seat covering suburban DeKalb County should the incumbent, David Adelman, win confirmation as President Barack Obama’s designated ambassador to Singapore.
The seat has a substantial Jewish community.

Letter to Lieberman Urges Repentance

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

(JTA) — An open letter to Joseph Lieberman from a progressive Jewish group asks the Connecticut senator to “repent” and support a health care bill with a public option.
“Many of us were delighted in 2000 when you were nominated for vice president and proclaimed to all that you were an observant Jew, carrying into the highest level of public service the values of the Jewish people,” said the open letter organized by the Philadelphia-based Shalom Center and signed by nearly 2,000 Jews, including 126 clergy.

For Jewish Politics, A Decade Of Declines

Civil liberties, Jewish power, unity on Israel, confidence in elected officials all took hits in a period scarred by 9/11.

12/24/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

At the end of the 1990s, the nation seemed to want nothing more than a scandal-free White House and reassurance that computers wouldn’t go haywire when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But a decade later, the political landscape has been radically transformed, and several important narratives have unfolded that will change Jewish life in America forever.

Carter’s Apology Isn’t Peanuts

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

It’s bad form to take an apology and look for ulterior motives.

 

Even if it’s clear that Jimmy Carter smeared Israel by invoking apartheid in his book title just to sell more copies — he acknowledged in interviews that it’s a shoddy analogy — no one forced him to apologize. There are plenty of people, probably more than there are Israel supporters, who will hail him as a hero for trashing Israel. So he’s not looking for love.

 

N.J. Senate Advances Bid To Oust Controversial Poet

01/31/2003
Staff Writer
The New Jersey state Senate last week took a step toward ousting embattled state poet laureate Amiri Baraka when it voted to eliminate the post. The vote was 21-0, with 19 abstentions. The measure now goes to the state Assembly, but it is not clear when or if that body will take action. As a backup plan, senators are considering a resolution to censure Baraka, who caused an uproar last year when he read his 9-11 themed poem "Somebody Blew Up America" at a poetry festival.

N.J. Eyes Bill To Oust Baraka

10/11/2002
Staff Writer
New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka says he will fight legislation aimed at removing him from the state-appointed position, telling The Jewish Week Tuesday he was prepared to take legal action if a bill being drafted this week in the state Senate passes. “I certainly will sue,” he said Tuesday by phone from his home in Newark. Legal experts say the controversial poet could have a good case on free-speech grounds.

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Jewish groups are lauding yesterday's House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can't produce itself.

But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up. 

Joe Lieberman's Senior Moment

The health care reform debate raging in the Senate this week once again thrust Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, onto center stage. Defying the top priority of a Democratic president whose election he opposed, Lieberman has promised to f

12/16/2009
Washington Correspondent

The health care reform debate raging in the Senate this week once again thrust Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, onto center stage. Defying the top priority of a Democratic president whose election he opposed, Lieberman has promised to filibuster any reform measure that includes a public option — and this week changed his position on lowering the age for Medicare eligibility.

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Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 Jewish groups are lauding yesterday’s House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can’t produce itself. But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up.

Williamsburg Housing Scandal Hits Home

12/17/1999
Staff Writer
Chasidic leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were scrambling this week to find homes for some 40 residents evicted from their apartments Monday night: the latest, and most ironic victims of an expanding, politically charged probe of alleged safety violations by local developer Chaim Ostreicher. The homeless chasidim, from seven families, were doubled up in the homes of other families and sheltered in local synagogues on an emergency basis. But community leaders stressed this was only temporary.
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