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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.”