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  • Courting Pa. Jews

    Hillary Rodham Clinton. Joseph Lieberman. Ed Koch. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. The campaign biggies are parading in and out of Pennsylvania in an effort not only to convince Jewish voters to support their guy but also to get them to the polls. While much of the media attention is focused on Florida and the Big…

  • Unsolicited advice to the next president

    Both presidential candidates made the requisite references to Israel in their debate last night. As they ponder more thoughtful policies in the Middle East, here comes analyst Martin Kramer with some unsolicited advice: Focus on Iran and the Persian Gulf and don’t worry too much about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Alarms over Durban II

    Durban has become a dirty word in some international circles, a reminder of the 2001 U.N. anti-racism conference that devolved into an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish debacle. Now as preparations for a follow-up conference proceed, worries abound that efforts to once again villify Israel and the West are gaining the upper hand. One U.N. watcher analyzes the…

  • Britain and Holocaust denial

    British commentator Melanie Phillips raises questions about Britain getting entangled in a Holocaust denial case as London considers extraditing Fredrick Toben to Germany. If Toben, a German-born Australian, is extradited, Phillips writes, “this will mean that Britain will be treating as a criminal suspect someone who is accused of behaviour which is not regarded as…

  • Oy, my aching feet

    I wonder if the London Review of Books knew how timely its review of a new book, Jews and Shoes, would be – coming out during Rosh Hashanah, when we spend hours on our feet at shul, and before Yom Kippur, when we barely get to sit at all. The review of the book, a…

  • Where’s the outrage?

    It’s easy to be incensed by Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s loathsome remarks at the United Nations and in media appearances, but several commentators are wondering why there hasn’t been more public outrage by the world community? I’m wondering why all the outcry over the lack of outcry is only coming from the right? Eve Epstein, who…

  • Sarkozy charms the world

    Rabbi Arthur Schneier (right), presents the Appeal of Conscience World Statesman Award to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and GE chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt look on along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In his brief visit to New York this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed continued pressure…

  • What’s missing at the U.N.

    Remarkably little has been written in the media leading up to today’s opening of the U.N. General Assembly, where leaders from nations around the globe gather in New York for official speeches and sideline meetings. For once, Israel is not expected to be a major target of vilification; but neither is Iran, which poses the…

  • Anti-Semitism — still

    The latest Pew Research Center survey of global attitudes on religion is out and the news is not good for Jews – or Muslims. Anti-Jewish attitudes are up in most major European countries, with the highest numbers in Spain, Poland and Russia. Only British attitudes have remained constant in recent years. But the same is…

  • Pope Pius XII revisited

    The debate over what Pope Pius XII did or didn’t do to save the Jews during the Nazi era continues to roil. The latest effort to cleanse the record of the pope who is on the path to sainthood came at a symposium in Rome this week where an American Jew led the charge. As…