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  • Mahmoud’s rantings

    If you thought what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say about Zionists at the U.N. General Assembly was bad, you should hear what the Iranian president told Iranians: The Zionists are crooks. A small handful of Zionists, with a very intricate organization, have taken over the power centers of the world. According to our estimates, the… More ▸

  • An Israeli’s superiority complex

    When American-born Israeli journalist Judy Siegel-Itzkovich returns to the U.S. for the first time in 26 years, she finds much to disparage – from the materialism to the assimilation to the supposed hypocrisy of American Zionism. She notes that the American Jewish population is shrinking, while Israel’s is growing; she writes of her former neighborhood… More ▸

  • Take me to N.Y.

    As if there’s not enough evidence of Israeli disenchantment with their own country, the Israeli Interior Ministry’s spokeswoman greets you with the following song lyrics while you wait for her to pick up: “Take me to NY; I’d like to see L.A.” Irony, anyone? More ▸

  • Rescued by an Israeli soldier

    Glynis Ann Ritchie has a touching essay in The New York Times’ style section about how she, a starry-eyed American Jewish girl, fell for a hunky Israeli soldier on a Birthright Israel trip. Though the Israeli turns out to be part of the parade of callous men that Ritchie says “opened up my chest, scooped… More ▸

  • Sharansky’s identity problem

    Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who now chairs the Shalem Center‘s Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies (yes, that Adelson), says all of Israel’s current problems can be traced to one core problem: the decline of Israel’s Zionist identity. It is to blame for changes made in the 1990s to Israel’s code of military conduct, which… More ▸

  • RFK and Israel

    With the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy upon us, former AIPAC and Israeli embassy official Lenny Ben-David is highlighting a series of dispatches that RFK wrote during his 1948 visit to Israel. Click here to read the actual dispatches, which appeared in the now-defunct Boston Post. The Jewish people in Palestine who… More ▸

  • CUFI united for Hagee

    David Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel, has sent out a mass e-mail to followers urging support for Pastor John Hagee and the organization. The money line: “Make no mistake about it, many who attack Pastor Hagee seek not only to hurt him, but to silence all Christian friends of Israel. We… More ▸

  • Progressive Jews get ‘Righteously Indignant’ at Boston conference

    Earlier this week I attended the Righteous Indignation Conference, a three-day forum and workshop which provided a forum for progressive Jewish activists to share best practices, discuss current strategies and build community among each other. The event, which took place at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, brought together over 100 Jewish activists from around… More ▸

  • Debate on Israel prayer moves to blogs

    An interesting spat has broken out over my recent article about how a Brooklyn minyan, Altshul, is grappling with how to pray for Israel. In one corner, wearing the blue and white shorts, is Ariel Beery (of Blogs of Zion, PresenTense Magazine). In the other corner, wearing the shorts of many colors, is Daniel Septimus,… More ▸

  • Would you send your parents on a Birthright trip?

    In honor of Israel turning 60, Taglit-Birthright Israel is looking to send someone’s parents to the Jewish state: The “Let My Parents Go!” contest was open to all North American Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni whose parents have never been to Israel. Over 60 video entries were received, and the 18 finalists have been posted on the… More ▸