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Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

Israeli Government Stops Its J Street Boycott

After the pro-peace lobby distances itself from Beinart, Jerusalem sends an ambassador.
03/27/2012

Washington — The first Israeli government official to ever appear before J Street received a rousing, whistling, foot-stomping reception.

And that was it, as far as the welcome went.

Stav Shaffir, center, a founder of Israel’s social protest movement, was an opening speaker at J Street’s annual conference.

Biden’s National Security Adviser To Address J Street

03/20/2012

Tony Blinken, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, will address this year’s J Street conference.

Blinken will address a session on the U.S. role in resolving the Arab-Israel conflict and join a panel afterward discussing his remarks.

Jacobs Unanimously Elected to Lead Reform Jews

06/13/2011

(JTA) -- The Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously elected Rabbi Richard Jacobs to serve as its next president.

Jacob's election on Sunday makes him the fourth person to hold the office since its creation in 1943. Previous presidents were Rabbis Maurice Eisendrath, Alexander Schindler and Eric Yoffie.

Jacobs currently serves as Senior Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY, and will assume the presidency of the Union for Reform Judaism in 2012.He was nominated earlier this year.

Groups Plan To Protest Kushner’s Commencement Speech

06/02/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

POSTED THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 5:20 p.m.

More than a dozen pro-Israel groups on the right, including the Zionist Organization of America, Z Street and the Jewish Action Alliance, are planning to protest the conferral of an honorary degree Friday to Tony Kushner — the subject of a heated controversy last month.

A Proposal for Mideast Talks and Other Reflections on the Washington Week that Was

05/27/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It's been a crazy week in the ongoing soap opera, "Bibi and 'Bama," and given the reception Prime Minister Netanyahu got in Congress, I think the GOP wishes Netanyahu could be their standard bearer in 2012. There are so many fascinating dynamics at work here that it would make for a top notch TV comedy if the situation weren't deathly serious.

First, let me make a modest proposal.

’67 Borders Flap Deepens Rifts

Broad Jewish center being ‘bombarded’ in wake of Obama speech.
05/25/2011
Washington Correspondent

Washington — In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, the buzz among more than 10,000 charged-up pro-Israel activists at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was all about new U.S.-Israel tensions in the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for Israel-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders — with land swaps — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left, President Barack Obama right.

Obama’s Speech: Groups Split Along Predictable Lines

05/20/2011
Staff Writer

President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders with “mutually agreed swaps” in order to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza has split the American Jewish community along predictable lines: one right-wing group denounced Obama as the “most hostile president to Israel ever,” while centrist and left-wing groups commended him.

Jewish Groups Plan Ads for Bibi Visit

05/19/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A number of Jewish groups are planning wide-reaching ads in time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington.

J Street is paying for a New York Times ad featuring an appeal by about 90 leading Israelis, including retired generals, noted scholars and prize laureates, calling on Israel to recognize Palestinian statehood and negotiate a deal with the Palestinians based on 1967 lines.

Christian Zionists: not a lobby like AIPAC

 A reader commented on my story this week about AIPAC – the pro-Israel lobby giant that, according to everything I hear, has not been weakened by the attacks by Walt-Mearsheimer acolytes or the rapid growth of J Street.  (AIPAC's annual policy conference begins on Sunday.)

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