George Soros

Joe Lieberman to Attend Glenn Beck Rally

06/07/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) plans to attend a Glenn Beck rally in Jerusalem.

"The idea of the 'Restoring Courage' gathering in Jerusalem is an important idea and a very constructive one at a very important time for Israel," Lieberman said in a video posted on the right wing talk show provocatuer's website this week. "It's not against anybody or any group, it's to stand with Israel at a time when a lot of the rest of the world is attempting to delegitimize Israel."

The Jerusalem rally is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Glenn Beck: Reform rabbis and "radicalized Islam"

The Reform movement is less than pleased – okay, they're really outraged – that Glenn Beck, who has been waging a campaign against religious groups that dare talk about “social justice,” thinks their rabbis are sort of like radical shieks.

Jewish Funds for Justice Defends Soros’ Germany Comparison

02/22/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish Funds for Justice defended George Soros' comparison of Fox News to the propaganda efforts in 1930s Germany.

In comments Sunday on CNN, the billionaire financier and Holocaust survivor said that attacks on him by Fox host Glenn Beck are an attempt to deceive the public. It's hard to believe such falsehoods could be believed in a democracy, Soros said, invoking the historical comparison of Nazi Germany to warn of their dangers.

J Street Vows To Calibrate Tone Amid Criticism

On eve of national conference and third anniversary, lobby group says it will moderate message in Congress.

02/16/2011
Washington Correspondent

When J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace process” group that has become a lightning rod for volcanic differences in American Jewish life, distributed the schedule for its upcoming national conference, nervous members of Congress were quick to note one session: a panel on the boycotts, sanctions and divestment movement that will include a leading Jewish supporter of BDS.

That, in a nutshell, points to what could be the biggest problem facing the political action committee and lobby as it nears its third anniversary.

Capitol steps, and missteps: Eight J Street-backed congressional candidates in 2008. Courtesy of J Street

Jewish Group’s Petition Calls for Glenn Beck to Go

01/16/2011

(JTA) -- A Jewish group garnered 10,000 signatures on a petition asking Fox News Channel to fire political commentator Glenn Beck.

Jewish Funds for Justice attempted to deliver the petition on Jan. 13 to the Manhattan headquarters of News Corp., Fox's parent company, run by Rupert Murdoch. Security would not let JFSJ president Simon Greer into the building, and so he pledged to mail in the petition.

A Glenn Beck Reader

Virtually no commentators, left or right, have defended Glenn Beck's vicious attack on George Soros.  Commentary called Beck's tirade "marred by ignorance and offensive innuendo"; the ADL's Abe Foxman called them "horrific" and "over the top"; and this week, The New Yorker's

Boston-area Synagogue Cancels J Street Event

11/18/2010

(JTA) -- A Boston-area synagogue canceled an appearance by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami after objections by shul members.

The Reform Temple Beth Avodah of Newton canceled the event scheduled for Thursday at the last minute; Ben-Ami's lecture has been moved to a nearby elementary school.

Fox News Chief: NPR Bosses are Nazis

11/18/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Roger Ailes, the Fox News Channel chief, called National Public Radio executives "Nazis" and said "left-wing rabbis" make it difficult to use the term "Holocaust" on air.

Ailes made the comments in an interview with the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz, who was canvassing recent controversies about the right-leaning news channel. Ailes hired Juan Williams, a commentator, full time after NPR fired Williams for saying on a Fox News report that he feared seeing Muslims on airplanes.

From Glenn Beck to Broadway, to Saul Bellow and Back

First, if you didn't get a chance to read my blog post from yesterday on the uncomfortable topic of Jews and money, read it here.  The feedback has been strong, so read the full thing, but here's what it's about: I give a brief summary of historian Jerry Muller's important book "Capitalism and the Jews," and Abraham Foxman's less successful attempt, "Jews and Money: The Story of A Stereotype."  And with Glenn Beck duking it out with George Soros, not to mention A

Jews and Money: Let's Talk About It

No one likes to talk about Jews and money.  Too much history has gotten between the two, to say nothing of the present: see the Beck/Soros fracas, for instance, or Al Pacino in Broadway's "Merchant of Venice."  But now seems as good a time as any to tackle the connection.  Thankfully a few provocative books are trying to do just that.

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