• In Ferguson, echoes of Middle East?

    A summer of global turmoil has culminated in nightmarish scenes from Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb torn apart by protests after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. For some, scenes of protesters attacked with tear gas and smoke bombs evoked another struggle: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Widespread concerns about the militarization of… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Interethnic unease, doughnut swastikas, Israeli organ traffickers

    After war in Israel, interethnic unease: Business and personal relationships between Arabs and Jews have suffered in the strained atmosphere following weeks of violence. (Washington Post) Transplant nation: Driven by a low organ donation rate in Israel, Israeli patients and brokers are disproportionately influential in global human organ trafficking. (N.Y. Times) Doughnut swastika designs: Artist… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Leonard Fein in his own words

    Jewish scholar and activist Leonard “Leibel” Fein, who died last week, was a prominent voice of Jewish liberalism and left-wing Zionism for almost half a century. Just one indicator of his prominence was the frequency with which he appeared in JTA’s coverage of American Jewish life, mentioned in more than 100 articles dating back to 1966…. More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Israel’s weapons stash, buying Hamas’ numbers, Jewish lesbian pioneers

    Israel’s weapons stash: David Schenker explains how WRSA-1, an emergency arsenal in the Middle East enabling Israel to bypass red tape and quickly purchase U.S. arms, came to be and why it’s alarmed some Obama administration officials. (Politico) Buying Hamas’ numbers: Media outlets continue to propagate war data disseminated by Hamas despite the group’s track record from past… More ▸

  • Worse than Hamas? Gaza’s other terror groups

    After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day. For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a territory, maintains a social service wing… More ▸

  • ADL reports ‘dramatic surge’ in anti-Jewish violence

    When a Turkish owner of a cafe near the Belgian city of Liege puts up a poster that welcomes dogs but not Jews, that’s a sign of the times. And when an on-duty doctor refuses to treat a 90-year-old Jewish woman from Antwerp and refers her to Gaza instead, that, too, is the kind of news that… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Bring on the onions

    Earlier this week, Fred and I went out to the field with five green harvest bins and came back with this: Yes, those are onions. Lots of them. Grown by the same guy who, back in March, was nearly in tears when his onions were slow to germinate in the still-frigid temperatures and he feared… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Bacall’s closet identity, criticizing Israel in Berlin, lone soldier girls

    Bacall’s closet identity: Although close friends knew she was Jewish, the glamorous Hollywood star didn’t go public with her background for decades, due to early experiences with anti-Semitism. (Forward) Criticizing Israel in Berlin: Germany’s history and its strong hate-speech laws make its leaders particularly skittish about anti-Israel protests devolving into anti-Semitism, Anna Altman writes. (N.Y. Times) Lone soldier girls: One-third… More ▸