Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Rafael Medoff
As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own - and Jewish activists, including some in Philadelphia, were the targets. The year was 1944, and the object of U.S. government wrath was the Bergson group, a political action committee led by...
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Red Cross Cave-In: Who Says It’s Really a Win? The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Israel finally won recognition and was accepted into the Red Cross: “Jewish groups welcomed adoption of the red diamond, and hoped that the development would lead to the MDA full membership in the international organization” (Israel & Mideast: “A Diamond Is a Jew’s Best Friend?”...
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Unintelligent Debate In the midst of the December "war on Christmas" mania, last week's decision by a federal district judge to strike down the inclusion of "intelligent design" in a Pennsylvania science curriculum gave new impetus to the debate over separation of church and state. The ruling was a stern rebuke to those who sought to place the theory that...
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No Way to Explain Away the Crude Muslim Hatred of Jews Journalist Jonathan Freedland writes in Britain's Guardian ( www.guardian.co.uk ) on Dec. 14 about the sickness bequeathed by the West to the Muslim world: "There were few memorable moments in the [British] election campaign of 2005, but there's one I won't forget. It came when I was interviewing a...
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The wretched behavior of intellectuals never fails to startle, and the shenanigans of Jean-Paul Sartre and his mistress Simone de Beauvoir seem to grow more deplorable as new revelations pile up. Back in 1993, Bianca Bienenfeld, the daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, who'd been passed back and forth between the two writers beginning in the late 1930s, published her memoirs,...
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