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Howard Berman, Peace Now and right-wing pot shotters

So let’s see: J Street is “anti-Israel,” according to the many emails I continue to receive and blogs I read (if Google News Alerts are any measure, J Street must be the single most active topic in the entire known universe).   And Americans for Peace Now (APN) is, by almost any objective standard, further to the left than the upstart J Street.

Supreme Court campaign finance decision and Jewish clout

I had a bunch of calls and emails in the wake of yesterday's blockbuster Supreme Court decision on corporate political contributions basically asked the same question: what does it mean for Jewish political clout?

The decision overturned a half-century-old ban on using corporate money to endorse political candidates – or to oppose them.  The rationale of the Court's majority:  corporations basically have the same free speech rights as individuals.

APN call to Obama: Pressure Israel, Palestinians; ain’t gonna happen

In the wake of Tuesdays’ disastrous election results for the Democrats, Americans for Peace Now (APN) wants President Obama to ratchet up Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, even if it means getting  tough with both sides.

Sorry, guys, I know what you’re saying, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Israel Policy Forum gets absorbed by CAP

Months ago,  I blogged that the Israel Policy Forum, a pro-peace process group, was being absorbed by the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP). And then...nothing but IPF denials.

Turns out I was just a little early.

More on Haiti: the good, the bad and the ugly

It’s no secret that great disasters bring out the best and the worst in people – the selfless rescuers who put their own lives on the line to save people they don’t know on one hand, the looters who use catastrophe as an opportunity for larceny, petty and otherwise, on the other.

So it is with the unimaginable tragedy in Haiti.

Jewish organizations: too many, or not different enough?

Two weeks ago, Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt wrote a fascinating column  about a 1950s report on redundancy and wastage in the American Jewish world, and how so many of the problems highlighted in the report continue.

Do we really need an American Jewish Congress, an American Jewish Committee, a JCPA, an ADL and all the other alphabet soup agencies, with all their overlapping functions and turf battles?

The Timeless Bad-Things/Good People Question

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinberg, leader of the Orthodox Union, is out with an inspiring op-ed carried by JTA about how we as Jews should respond to massive disasters. It’s well worth a read.

Jewish groups blast Swiss anti-Islam referendum

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 Several Jewish groups don’t care much for Switzerland’s new crackdown on Islam. This week Swiss voters approved a referendum banning the construction of minarets. The measure was pushed by the right-wing Swiss Peoples party, and passed by a surprisingly strong 57 percent majority. Leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) were quick to condemn the vote.

The Understatement Of The Year

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I know it’s early, but this surely qualifies for the finals:

“In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky.” — Conan O’Brien

Stop the presses: Jews still more liberal than other religious groups

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 Another poll, another bit of evidence Jews remain more liberal and more Democratic than any other religious group. This time it’s from Gallup, which came up with the less-than-startling  conclusion that 43 percent of Jews consider themselves “liberal,” with only 20 percent identifying as “conservative.”
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