Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Nisan 11, 5775

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Anne Bayefsky
The credibility of the flagship of U.N. "reform" -- aka, the newly created Human Rights Council -- sunk during its very first session, which ended June 30. The deck chairs on the Titanic had simply been rearranged when the Council replaced the discredited Human Rights Commission. Serial human-rights abusers were elected members from the get-go. Nevertheless, the Bush administration's decision...
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Media Clippings
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Azure, an intellectual quarterly out of Jerusalem, has established itself in about six years as an indispensable source of new ideas about Zionism, Israeli politics and Jewish culture. It's spring edition, No. 24, is typical of its concerns. In "The IDF and the Israeli Spirit," Moshe Yaalon, the former military chief of staff, considers what the editors call "the greatest...
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'Never Again' Was Never Far Away at Conference Phillip Rosen complains that at our recent conference, "Blowing the Whistle on Genocide" -- devoted to Josiah E. DuBois Jr., a non-Jewish official of the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1940s -- "not one of the speakers ... saw the relevance of the past to the present" (Letters: "A Historical Comparison of...
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Both Republicans and Democrats may be led astray by activists on key issues
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Has American politics ever been more extreme or partisan? From the Republican scandal-mongering about the Clintons to the Democrats' anger over the 2000 Florida recount and the arguments over the decision to go to war in Iraq, there has been a steady escalation in the quotient of meanness and conspiracy theory mongering. Aided and abetted by new media like Internet...
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The attempts by the Israel Defense Force to pressure the Palestinian leadership into, at the very least, releasing a kidnapped Israeli soldier, fit into the stereotype that most of the world still seems to think fits Israel. With Israeli planes knocking out power plants and the (albeit empty) offices of the Hamas member who serves as prime minister of the...
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