Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

By:
Ruth Ellen Gruber, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The day after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a widespread public uprising, I found myself presenting a lecture about Solidarity, the mass trade union movement that convulsed Poland 30 years ago and paved the way for the collapse of the Iron Curtain a decade later. It also helped land me in jail in 1983, resulting in my expulsion...
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By:
Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
It is a shocking contrast: When Iranians protested an American enemy -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime -- President Barack Obama said nothing for days and refused to intervene. Now, when Egyptians protested an American ally -- Hosni Mubarak's regime -- Obama quickly and forcefully intervened, calling for the man's resignation, which has now occurred. We are fully aware that Mubarak has...
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By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield
Despite his frequent threats to quit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn't want to be tossed onto history's garbage heap with the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia, so he decided over the weekend to shuffle his Cabinet and schedule long-postponed elections. Along the way, he also lost his chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, a 20-year veteran of verbal sparring with the...
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An Incomplete, Harmful Picture of a Serious Issue We write to express our disappointment with the Jewish Exponent's cover story on the decision by Beth David Reform Congregation to disinvite a Muslim speaker, Iftekhar Hussain ("Riding Rough Tide of Muslim Relations," Feb. 10). The article reported that the decision was related to the speaker's connection with CAIR, the Council on...
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A new day is dawning in Egypt -- and perhaps the whole Middle East. But where the sun will ultimately rise is still a huge and worrisome question mark. It was hard not to be transfixed by the euphoria in the streets of Cairo following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak -- and by the prospect that democracy might take root...
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