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Hate crimes bill pushed by ADL, NCJW passes - finally

Despite claims by Christian conservative leaders that it result in jails overcrowded with pastors and other critics of the “homosexual lifestyle,” the Senate yesterday gave final approval to a hate crimes law that's been a top priority for the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups for an embarrassing number of years.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama, who, unlike his predecessor, is eager to sign it.

UJC snags Obama, probably Netanyahu, for General Assembly in Washington

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 Leaders of UJC/Jewish Federations of North America, formerly United Jewish Communities, may have problems sticking with names for their organization, but they’re doing  fine when it comes to attracting big name speakers to their national conference.  

UJC snags Obama, probably Netanyahu, for General Assembly in Washington

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 Leaders of UJC/Jewish Federations of North America, formerly United Jewish Communities, may have problems sticking with names for their organization, but they’re doing  fine when it comes to attracting big name speakers to their national conference.  

Hate crimes bill pushed by ADL and NCJW passes - finally

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 Despite claims by Christian conservative leaders that it result in jails overcrowded with pastors and other critics of the “homosexual lifestyle,” the Senate yesterday gave final approval to a hate crimes law that’s been a top priority for the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups for an embarrassing number of years.

Delegitiizing J Street: The Plot Thickens

Want one more example of how ferocious the fight to delegitimize J Street has become?

Michael Goldfarb, the Weekly Standard blogger who has been one of the most vocal J Street opponents, gloated yesterday that JTA Washington bureau chief Ron Kampeas “has become the latest name to disappear from the J Street program in advance of next week’s conference. Kampeas was to moderate a panel on  ‘What does it mean to be pro-Israel?’”

Delegitimizing J Street: the plot thickens

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 Want one more example of how ferocious the fight to delegitimize J Street has become?  

Why was Nozette targeted in spy case?

I was surprised at the paltry second day coverage of the strange case of Stewart Nozette, the Maryland space scientist arrested this week in an FBI sting operation in which he allegedly agreed to spy for Israel.

The reason coverage was thin, I suspect, is that this is a hard case to figure out.  Was this entrapment, or were there good reasons for federal authorities to suspect Nozette was a national security danger?

Holocaust comparisons again...and again and again

What would folks do if they didn't have  the Holocaust to use as a frame of reference for just about everything they don't like?

Agudath Israel endorses hate crimes bill, rejects claims of Christian right

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 It may not mean a lot in the overall scheme of things on Capitol Hill, but it means a lot to Jewish groups involved in the fight: Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox group that often takes conservative positions on social issues, has endorsed the hate crimes bill awaiting Senate approval.

Why was Nozette targeted?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 I was surprised at the paltry second day coverage of the strange case of Stewart Nozette, the Maryland space scientist arrested this week in an FBI sting operation in which he allegedly agreed to spy for Israel.  
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