Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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It's been two years since the School District of Philadelphia has included discussions about the Middle East in its history and social-studies curriculums. According to officials, the district's teachers are no longer encouraged to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the United State's military action in Iraq. The problem, according to Jewish community officials, is that teachers are always free to...
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Jonathan Steinberg, chairman of the history department at the University of Pennsylvania, said that George W. Bush is, in a sense, dead. Of course, the president is alive and well in Washington. And Steinberg was not suggesting that he's a lame-duck president. What the scholar meant was that the hard-drinking scion of an aristocratic New England family - who attended...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Maritza Corrales, who has spent her academic life researching the history of Jewish migration to Cuba, fascinated listeners at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel two weeks ago. Sponsored by HIAS and Council Migration, the program focused on insights into the Cuban Jewish community gained from archival studies in the United States, Israel, Spain, Turkey and other countries, often integrating her finding...
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Steve Rosen (left), AIPAC's former foreign-policy issues director, leaves U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., on Aug. 16. Rosen and and Keith Weissman (seen at right flanked by his lawyer and his wife), a former Iran analyst at the organization, pleaded not guilty to the charges at a court hearing. The two men will mount a joint defense; a trial...
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The so-called "Arab spring" has given way to a broiling, unstable summer, according to the head of a Center City think-tank. To be sure, said Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the hope for stability generated by orderly elections by the Iraqis, the Palestinian Authority and the Lebanese may be wilting in the heat of...
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