Refusing to "glorify" an "organization that uses violence," Mayor Michael Bloomberg excluded diplomats from the Palestinian Authority from a Gracie Mansion concert recital Tuesday.
"Given the fact that the mayor has been outspoken in his criticism of both [Yasir] Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, he felt the city should not be glorifying an organization that uses violence as a political tool," said Bloomberg spokesman Ed Skyler.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Howard Nevison's friends believe he is innocent, and some of them are putting their money where their mouth is.
A letter went out last week from a committee of Cantor Nevison's friends who are raising money for his newly established legal defense fund, The Jewish Week has learned.
The cantor, who for 24 years has served the Upper East Side's tony Temple Emanu-El, was arrested in February on charges that he sexually molested his young nephew. He is now awaiting trial. Nevison's lawyer has maintained that his client is innocent.
Call it Intifada III. Through student rallies and verbal attacks, the 18-month-old Arab uprising against Israel is spreading to college campuses across the United States. Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, which had faded at historically politicized universities after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has now assumed its former high profile since the Israeli army embarked on its campaign to root out West Bank terrorists.
On the day that Jews remember the victims of the Holocaust, a rally in Manhattan this week protested a contemporary strain of European anti-Semitism.
On Yom HaShoah several dozen poster-carrying Jews, including Holocaust survivors and yeshiva students, marched in front of the French Consulate on the Upper East Side, prompted by a recent wave of attacks in France against members of the Jewish community and on Jewish buildings. The rally was led by the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha.
Despite a public outcry from Holocaust survivors and a nearly universal dismissal from art critics, the public has not stayed away from The Jewish Museum’s controversial exhibition “Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art.”
Nor have they come out in droves.
The widespread mass media coverage prior to the March 17 opening has surprisingly lead to no great surge or decline in attendance.