Walter Ruby |
Special to The Jewish Week
Some seem not quite able to believe what is happening to them, but many American Jewish peace activists find themselves lining up these days behind the Israeli leader they have most reviled over the years: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.Speaking to an audience of about 500 here last week at the annual meeting of Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, a national organization founded three years ago with the aim of introducing a dovish perspective into the Jewish organizational world, Brit Tzedek President Marcia Freedman remarked, “We may gag on it, but we have to support the Sharon...
A group of Westchester-area high school students had a close call last Friday night on the beach in Tel Aviv but they’re not packing up to come home.Six seniors at Solomon Schechter High School of Westchester were within a few hundred feet of the Tel Aviv nightclub where a suicide attack killed five people and wounded about 50 others. None of the students were hurt, and Elliot Spiegel, the school’s headmaster, said the 12th grade class would not cut short its trip as a result of the bombing.
The leader of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the “largest organized anti-Semitic black militant group in America,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, led what a Jewish attendee called a “hate rally” last week at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“It was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced,” said Noa Zilbering, 25, a Jewish faculty member, of the Feb. 17 speech by Malik Shabazz. “It was a hate rally; he was supposed to talk about [black empowerment in] education.”
In a sign that perceived anti-Israel bias on U.S. college campuses has reached a fevered pitch, the Israel on Campus Coalition has launched a toll-free number where students and faculty members can air their concerns about anti-Israel sentiments on campus and in the classroom.
Moscow has now become the “world center for Holocaust denial” despite the fact that more than half of the estimated 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis were from the former Soviet Union, according to Ilya Alexandrovich Altman, founder and president of the Russian Holocaust Foundation.
Deborah Lipstadt watched the television coverage the other day of Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado scholar under fire for calling the 9-11 victims “little Eichmanns,” and something seemed familiar.
Churchill had compared Lipstadt, the Emory University professor of Jewish and Holocaust studies who won a 2002 libel suit brought by a British Holocaust denier, to Eichmann, an architect of the Final Solution.