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Evangelical Split Over Israel Batters Bush

08/03/2007
Editor At Large
Evangelical Christians, long seen as a monolith in lockstep support of Israel, publicly fractured last week as two significant evangelical factions lobbied President Bush with criticism of Israel from opposite points of view. For the first time, Christians United for Israel, a major Christian Zionist group with strong ties to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, lobbied President Bush against the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a solution advocated by Israel, the Bush administration and the pro-Israel Washington lobby itself.

Different actors, same movie on Jerusalem construction

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 Haven’t we seen this movie before? The script goes like this: Washington objects to Israeli settlement  construction; there are some angry words on both sides, and then an apparent coming together around some vaguely defined, transparent face-saving compromise. Both sides insist there’s no crisis in the relationship.

Much Noise Over ‘Silence’

03/19/2008
Editor at Large
Harvard University’s Hillel president was not silent last week after Zionist Organization of America leader Morton Klein attacked his center for hosting  Breaking the Silence, a controversial Israeli photo exhibit. “As a result of your actions, our students are receiving hate e-mails,” fumed Dr. Bernie Steinberg in an open letter to Klein posted last weekend. “If you intended to injure and hurt young Jews, you recent actions and words are a success.”

Controversial Minister Gets Pass From Jewish Leaders

12/01/2006
Editor at Large and Washington Correspondent.
On the eve of his first U.S. visit since becoming deputy prime minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, who calls for stripping Israeli Arabs of their citizenship, has received a provisional pass from much of the Jewish establishment — and a stamp of approval from one leader who denounced him just last May. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Jewish Week this week, “I don’t see anything extremist since he became part of the government.”

Flinging Dirt In Archaeology Dispute

10/25/2007

Editor-At-Large
The key organizer of a campaign to deny tenure to a Barnard College professor seen by some as virulently anti-Israel acknowledged this week that her petition against the professor may not have quoted the book completely accurately. Barnard alumna Paula Stern, who now lives in an Israeli settlement community on the West Bank, acknowledged Tuesday that her petition —signed now by more than 2,500 people — incorrectly quotes from Abu El-Haj’s book in charging she is grossly ignorant of Jerusalem geography.

Brandeis Donors Exact Revenge For Carter Visit

02/19/2007

Editor At Large
Major donors to Brandeis University have informed the school they will no longer give it money in retaliation for its decision last month to host former President Jimmy Carter, a strong critic of Israel. The donors have notified the school in writing of their decisions — and specified Carter as the reason, said Stuart Eizenstat, a former aide to Carter during his presidency and a current trustee of Brandeis, one of the nation’s premier Jewish institutions of higher learning.

A Suspected Pedophile Eludes The System

05/06/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
A married Jew with peyos and a black hat, Stefan Colmer used to spend hours, according to reports, reading the Talmud in the main study hall of the Mirrer Yeshiva on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. While there, he also befriended some boys  in and around the yeshiva and, on occasion, invited a few of them to his nearby home. And, according to a source close to the case, Colmer allegedly sexually abused several of them — in addition to other young boys from the “general neighborhood” near the yeshiva, a law enforcement source believes.

Giving Back

09/10/2008
Special to the Jewish Week
Hers was a busy home while Hadassah Freilich was growing up in Gardener, Mass. With her father the rabbi of an Orthodox synagogue and her mother busy in the community, young Hadassah grew up with a sure sense that Jews took care of others. That if someone was hungry, you fed him.

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take?

Today's announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year's Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take? Today’s announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year’s Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.
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