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Health Reform Backlash Seen Fanning Extremism

Obama’s faltering health care drive has touched a national raw nerve. The resulting fury, exploited by a range of extremist groups and some partisans who have said they hope health care reform will be Obama’s “Waterloo,”

09/01/2009
Washington Correspondent

At a Virginia town meeting on health care reform, a rabbi giving an opening prayer was shouted down by protesters claiming Democratic proposals would lead to euthanasia and more abortions.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) became an instant YouTube hit by asking an angry town hall participant who waved a picture of President Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”

And in numerous town meetings placards have appeared with slogan like this: “Obama lies, Granny dies.”

A New York Minute: Daniel Sokatch: Back on the Outside

Leaves S.F. federation to take over New Israel Fund

09/25/2009
Washington Correspondent

In 2008 the Jewish Federation of San Francisco stunned the Jewish world with the selection of Daniel Sokatch, the founding director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), as CEO. Last week Sokatch announced he is leaving the federation to take the top job at the liberal New Israel Fund. Sokatch spoke to The Jewish Week about the Jewish establishment, Israel and connecting to new generations of Jewish activists.

Q: When you left the PJA, you said one of your goals was to move the federation toward a new mode of progressive activism. Did you succeed?

After Summit, Israeli-Palestinian Status Quo Seen As Best Option

10/23/2009
Washington Correspondent

When Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn 16 years ago, there was a sense among most mainstream Jewish leaders that the long Israel-Palestinian impasse could soon be broken and that the Oslo agreement might just open the door to a broader peace in the region.

Jewish Majority Now Backs Attack On Iran, Disagrees with Obama on Settlements

In dramatic shift, 56 percent of U.S. Jews favor military strike, according to new AJC poll.

09/30/2009
Washington Correspondent

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesAmerican Jews have taken a sharply hawkish turn on Iran, with a majority now supporting a U.S. military strike to end that country’s nuclear weapons program, according to this year’s Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion, released on Wednesday by the American Jewish Committee.

Beefing Up Eco-Kosher

As Conservative movement seeks ethical seal, a grass-roots (and grass-fed) meat market is taking shape.

09/30/2009
Associate Editor

Devora Kimelman-Block’s KOL Foods is quickly becoming the biggest player in the ethical kosher meat world.Rabbi Natan Margalit has become a seasoned chicken plucker. Simon Feil’s Brooklyn freezer is stuffed with beef cuts — including unanticipated non-kosher ones he cannot eat. And Devora Kimelman-Block, a onetime vegetarian, is quickly becoming the Jeff Bezos of kosher, free-range organic meat — taking Web orders and shipping beef, lamb and chicken all over the East Coast.

Masorti Head In Israel Encouraged

04/30/1999
Editor & Publisher
Rabbi Ehud Bandel, the leader of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel, takes satisfaction in the Orthodox establishment’s stepped-up opposition to his group’s efforts. He sees it as a sign of serious concern on the part of the Chief Rabbinate.

Getting It From Both Sides

09/29/2000
Editor & Publisher
While the American public continues to look kindly on Sen. Joe Lieberman — with his religious observance either a non-issue or looked upon favorably by Christians — Jews on the right and left continue to make him a target of their religious and/or political agendas. Are these negative stories on Lieberman fair game, or efforts to embarrass him? And why are they coming primarily from Jewish media?

Albright Into Mideast Lion's Den

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Mideast trip, scheduled for next week, isn’t shaping up the way administration officials had hoped. And the rumbles of discontent in Washington, along with the implied threat that she could cancel the

08/27/1999
Washington Correspondent

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Mideast trip, scheduled for next week, isn’t shaping up the way administration officials had hoped. And the rumbles of discontent in Washington, along with the implied threat that she could cancel the visit entirely, may have played a part in this week’s sudden flurry of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
The State Department is making it clear that despite Palestinian demands for more direct U.S. intervention, Albright will be mostly assessing the status of Israeli-Palestinian talks, not serving as an intermediary.

Neo-Nazis Stay Home from Washington March

08/13/1999
Washington Correspondent

Saturday’s planned neo-Nazi march in downtown Washington had all of the elements of a major clash — including thousands of counter protesters, Jewish militants itching for a fight and armies of shield-toting police — except for one thing: the neo-Nazis themselves.
Only four supporters of the American Nationalist Party, formerly the Knights of Freedom, showed up. Faced with thousands of jeering spectators, they promptly turned tail.

ZOA Blasted for Jordan Tactics

The Zionist Organization of America, known for its rapid-fire, aggressive style of political action, has been rebuked by the leading pro-Israel lobby group for turning its sights on Jordan, a top U.S. and Israeli ally.

08/06/1999
Washington Correspondent

The Zionist Organization of America, known for its rapid-fire, aggressive style of political action, has been rebuked by the leading pro-Israel lobby group for turning its sights on Jordan, a top U.S. and Israeli ally.
ZOA recently engaged in a “gratuitous attack on Jordan’s eligibility for U.S. assistance,” according to Lonnie Kaplan, president of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, and executive director Howard Kohr.

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