In Comptroller Race, A Nasty Personality Clash

With no real issues in the race, Stringer and Spitzer focus on trashing each other.
08/29/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

One promises “no drama” if he is elected, noting that “I have not embarrassed my constituents,” while embracing the role of “policy wonk.”

Eliot Spitzer, top, and Scott Stringer aren't far apart on issues, but disagree on each other's fitness for office. Adam Dickter

UC Irvine Student Senate Resolves To Divest From Israel

Companies targeted include Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard.
11/13/2012 - 19:00

The University of California, Irvine student senate passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday night asking the school to divest from eight companies doing business with Israel, accusing the Jewish state of "apartheid."

Students on campus at the University of California's sunny Irvine campus. Getty Images

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Blasts BDS Group For Barring Reporter

02/04/2012 - 19:00

Philadelphia’s Jewish newspaper is in a flap with organizers of a boycott, divestment and sanctions conference over the disinvitation of one of its reporters from the event.

Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent published an article on its website Friday reporting that organizers of the National BDS Conference had barred the paper from covering the Feb. 3-5 conference at the University of Pennsylvania -- a charge that a conference organizer denied.

Princeton Hummus Vote Seen as Part of BDS Drive

11/28/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Princeton students are voting on whether to ask the university's dining services to provide an alternative brand of hummus.

The campaign to allow other brands besides Sabra in university stores reportedly is the brainchild of Philly BDS, which calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against companies that support the Israel Defense Forces.

Sabra is half-owned by The Strauss Group, which has publicly supported the IDF and provides care packages and sports equipment to Israeli soldiers.

Score One For Jewish Community Relations

07/12/2010 - 20:00

We’ve had harsh words on these pages for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its incessant criticism of Israel, and there are many elements of the Middle East resolution that delegates to the Church’s General Assembly in Minneapolis passed last Friday that we find objectionable.

That said, church leaders listened to the reasoned objections of a number of Jewish groups and, ultimately, approved a far less counterproductive resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the one drafted by a biased, angry Middle East study committee.

The Presbyterians, Israel and the value of community relations

In a world where Israel has fewer and fewer friends, Jewish groups here increasingly face a choice: do they treat Israel's critics as implacable adversaries? Or do they look for ways to work with some critics and perhaps change their mind on some issues?

Increasingly, muscular pro-Israel groups take the first approach; the second, which defines  the whole Jewish community relations movement, is in disfavor in many Jewish circles.

Presbyterians Approve Softer Middle East Report, Reject Divestment

07/08/2010 - 20:00

The Presbyterian Church (USA) severely modified a report by its Middle East Study Committee widely seen as anti-Israel, rejected calls for divestment from Israel and gave a conditional okay to Israel's Gaza blockade.

But the report approved by a 558-119 vote at the Church's General Assembly in Minneapolis also called for linking U.S. aid to Israel to an end of settlement expansion.

Presbyterian Church Reconsiders Boycott Against Israel

Washington correspondent
Jewish groups that have been working to head off “divestment” against Israel by mainline Protestant churches are all focused on Birmingham, Ala., where the Presbyterian Church (USA) will gather for its General Assembly on June 15. The Presbyterians, who started the divestment bandwagon rolling two years ago with a decision to pursue “selective divestment” against the Jewish state, will consider a host of resolutions, including several calling for ending the divestment process.
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