Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

By:
Sid Schwarz
I have long straddled two worlds with regard to Diaspora engagement with Zionism and Israel. As the founder-president of PANIM, an organization that has trained thousands of American Jewish teens to pursue social and political activism on behalf of the Jewish people and the world at large, I built a strong relationship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee so...
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Come Election Day, Will Israel Loom as Large? In the May 13 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I noticed a political advertisement that supported Arlen Specter in the Democrat primary with the following forceful admonition: "If you care about Israel, as we do, do not allow Joe Sestak to represent you in the U.S. Senate." I now wonder if that...
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Arlen Specter's stunning loss in last week's Senate primary is quickly becoming old news. Pundits are moving beyond the analysis of why Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator lost in the final weeks to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the political upstart who bucked the Democratic Party machine and capitalized on the anti-incumbent wave flooding the country. But before we turn to the tough...
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The efforts of anti-Israel activists to pass divestment resolutions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, are troubling developments, but not for the reasons their proponents are proclaiming. These resolutions -- thwarted by pro-Israel students on campus in both cases -- hold little practical impact and likely would be overturned on technical grounds if they...
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When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations earlier this month, he made his umpteenth attack on Israel and the United States. His speech prompted John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the United Nations, who quit his post out of frustration, to tell Israel Army Radio that he is not surprised that the "head of an...
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