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Obama administration hits Palestinian Authority for Temple Mount 'study'

Want to hear the latest from the anti-Israel Obama White House and those Israel bashers at the State Department?

In response to a question about the Palestinian Authority's endorsement of a “study” claiming that the Western Wall in Jerusalem is really part of the Islamic Waqf and not really Jewish at all, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley had this to say:

Optimism Now, Apocalypse Later

11/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

I was scheduling a lifecycle event with a congregant the other day and we ran into a snag having to do with his 27-year-old daughter's vacation schedule. "Oh, sorry rabbi," he said, "that weekend will be impossible. Amy will be trekking in Vietnam."

Come again?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

START renewal and the Jews: it's getting more interesting

Politico's Ben Smith has an interesting item this morning on efforts by two Jewish senators – Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – to get AIPAC to endorse renewal of the START treaty.

Midnight At Rachel's Tomb: Kind Of A Hush About Islamic Claim That Kever Rachel & Kotel Are Now Mosques

 

If you needed any more evidence that the Jewish left is really advocating surrender to the Palestinians instead of peace with the Palestinians, check out the reaction of the Jewish left to the Palestinian claim that Rachel's Tomb and the Kotel (Western Wall) are really mosques.

There's been almost no reaction at all.

Boston-area Synagogue Cancels J Street Event

11/18/2010

(JTA) -- A Boston-area synagogue canceled an appearance by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami after objections by shul members.

The Reform Temple Beth Avodah of Newton canceled the event scheduled for Thursday at the last minute; Ben-Ami's lecture has been moved to a nearby elementary school.

Communists, 'Self-hating Jews' and other sure-fire conversation enders

One predictable but unsettling result of the blogging revolution is the revival of the kind of agitprop writing that I thought went out of style with the demise of Khrushchev and Mao and Radio Moscow.

I write one and I read dozens of blogs every day, but I have to tell you: there's a certain kind of commentary – whether it be a blog or a talk show diatribe - I immediately dismiss as propagandistic drivel, and it usually has to do with language.

Let me give you some examples of words meant to incite, inflame and evade real discussion and debate.

Dueling exit polls, Sestak-Toomey and the eternal J Street debate

The dust has settled from Tuesday's electoral earthquake, which was about a 6.2 on the political Richter scale, and  the spinmeisters are hard at work telling us how to interpret the piles of rubble.

As promised, I've been looking at exit polls about the high-profile Senate race in Pennsylvania. The exit polls aren't exactly conclusive – and aren't exactly in agreement.

Pa. race called for Toomey and what that says about J Street

As the Political Insider puts a wrap on what has been a long day, several news organizations are now projecting Republican Pat Toomey the winner in the super-hot Pennsylvania senate race.

If those projections hold he will beat Rep. Joe Sestak, the man who ousted Sen. Arlen Specter in this year's Democratic primary, by a narrow margin.

The results will ignite a firestorm of spin about J Street, the controversial pro-peace process, pro-Israel group that supported Sestak in a big way.

Schakowsky wins easily in Ill. in J Street-shadowed contest

In a congressional race that took on J Street overtones, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, easily turned back a challenge by political newcomer Joel Pollack, a Republican who made criticism of the incumbent's positions on Israel the centerpiece of his campaign.

Pollack also had vocal support from Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Schakowsky was supported by the J Street PAC, so the race will be one in a series that will be interpreted as a referendum on the pro-Israel, pro-peace process group.

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