Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Still Blaming the Jews? Iraq war protests prompt spurious
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Public-opinion surveys have repeatedly shown that Americans are remarkably ignorant of their own history, let alone anyone else's. So maybe that's why our politicians feel they can get away with the most egregious historical analogies when discussing the issues of the day. Given the unfortunate fact that many Americans may well be laboring under the misapprehension that the Gettysburg Address...
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has used her latest tour of the Middle East as an opportunity to lecture two of America's regional allies - Egypt and Saudi Arabia - about the need for democracy. The Bush administration is right to press the corrupt and dictatorial leaders of both those countries to reform. And though progress in Egypt is minimal,...
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Proud to Be Part of Place With Different Opinions I was glad to see my synagogue, Congregation Mishkan Shalom, mentioned in your article on the controversy at Weaver’s Way Food Coop (Cover story: “Vegging Out: Boycott’s on Hold,” May 26). As was noted, members of the Northwest Philadelphia Jewish community take a range of positions on the proposed boycott of...
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Apparently, Reason Pays Off, While Hatred Breeds Discontent British historian Paul Johnson writes in the June issue of Commentary ( www.commentarymagazine . com) that the Arab world has paid a heavy price for its anti-Jewish obsessions: "Over the last half-century, anti-Semitism has been the essential ideology of the Arab world; its practical objective has been the destruction of Israel and...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Scholar Robert Satloff writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on June 8 that Bashar Assad’s days may be numbered: “President Bashar al Assad of Syria has lately seemed to be doing everything possible to make himself an ex-dictator — and this week he took yet another step in that direction. “Assad delivered the keynote address to the 10th...
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