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05/17/2011 | Editorial

With Israel confronting growing international isolation and a reckless Palestinian campaign to end-run direct negotiations at the United Nations in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces difficult challenges during his U.S. visit this week.

In particular, the prime minister’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday is both an opportunity and a risk.

05/10/2011 | Editorial

On the surface, the incident that grew into a major story — first reported on our website, by the way — pitting Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels In America”) vs. the trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) who first denied and later granted him an honorary doctorate was about freedom of speech.

According to that version, Kushner is a great talent, his views on Israel may be offensive to many supporters of the Jewish state but he is being honored for his body of artistic work, not his politics. End of story.

05/10/2011 | Editorial

Here’s a news flash: The Jewish Week does not edit out images of women in its print edition or on its website. Not even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

05/04/2011 | Editorial

The fact that a number of American rabbinical students from the liberal denominations come back from their year of study in Israel feeling conflicted about the Jewish state is worrisome, but not surprising. (See story, Page 1.)

There are no statistics available on how many students feel this way or their level of discontent, but anecdotal evidence suggests that many are feeling some degree of alienation, consistent with widespread polls and reports about their peers throughout the American Jewish community.

05/04/2011 | Editorial

The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of courageous U.S. commandos (just after the 66th anniversary of the death of Hitler) won’t end a terrorist threat that has grown much more diffuse since 9/11. Still, we join with those who are grateful that justice was done and an important symbolic blow was struck against those who promote and conduct terror attacks — whether they be with suicide bomb belts or hijacked jetliners flown into skyscrapers.

04/27/2011 | Editorial

We are in the season of the Jewish calendar when celebration and mourning are upon us in rapid and sometimes confusing succession, from the joy of Passover freedom to the darkness of Holocaust commemoration, followed a week later by Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (memorializing its fallen soldiers) and the following day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marked with fireworks and parades in the Jewish state.