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  • 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… More ▸

  • Sharanksy on Solzhenitsyn

    Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky shares his recollections of the Russian literary giant Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday in Moscow at age 89. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Peace of Paris

    Newsweek has a piece about how French President Nicolas Sarkozy has “very publicly embraced the Jewish state,” enabling him to do some things Israeli leaders haven’t loved without appearing to be hostile to Israel. Among them: telling Israeli leaders that Jerusalem should also be the capital of a Palestinian state, giving Libyan dictator Muamar Gadhafi… More ▸

  • The anti-Bush world view

    The New York Times has three opinions pieces today calling for a reversal in various elements of the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. 1) Barack Obama reaffirms his commitment to pulling out U.S troops from Iraq: The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq… More ▸

  • Preparing the battlefield in Iran, or exploring alternatives?

    In his latest piece of “national security” reportage The New Yorker’s Sy Hersh uses insinuations and several leaps of logic to raise questions about the wisdom of the Bush administration’s apparent funding of covert activities designed to destabilize Iran’s religious leadership. The headline and Hersh’s juxtapositions suggest that Hersh believes these activities are problematic and… More ▸

  • Hamas’ gain, Fatah’s loss

    Israel’s new cease-fire agreement with Hamas may be good news in Sderot and Gaza City, but it’s bad news for the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. As if Fatah’s routing by Hamas in elections in January 2006 and in a violent coup in June 2007 weren’t enough, now Israel is signing agreements with Hamas while… More ▸

  • Al-Dura conspiracy theories

    After ridiculing claims by Jewish right-wingers that the iconic shooting of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura was a hoax, the Jerusalem Post’s Larry Derfner responds to a rebuttal by Richard Landes and Philippe Karsenty with a detailed analysis of what is, and isn’t, known about the shooting. Karsenty is the French Jewish media watchdog who was sued… More ▸

  • Iran on the brain

    After three days of tough talk on Iran at the annual AIPAC conference and a meeting on the subject Wednesday between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Bush, Israelis are again envisioning scenarios of U.S. attack against the Islamic Republic and its assumed nuclear weapons program. On Tuesday, Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz told… More ▸

  • Human rights low in Geneva?

    One of the top candidates to be the new U.N. high commissioner for human rights may bring the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to new lows, warns one pro-Israel watchdog organization. Mexican Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba – who is the front-runner for the post, according to Human Rights Tribune, rarely missed an opportunity… More ▸

  • The man behind the spy charges

    The day after reporters flocked to a courtroom in downtown Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the 84-year-old New Jersey retiree arrested this week for spying for Israel, reporters converged on the man’s hometown of Monroe, N.J. to talk to friends, neighbors and anyone else willing to spill what they knew of the alleged spy,… More ▸