Crossposted with Shalom Rav I’m back from the national J Street Conference in DC and its been a whirlwind. There’s so much to tell, but I’m not sure I can do it any better than the myriad of bloggers who have already weighed in. For your reading pleasure, I recommend the missives from the good [...]
Adam Serwer over at The Root has a great new post called “The Self-Hate Hustle.” Serwer draws a parallel between divisions in Jewish communities over Israel and divisions in (U.S.) Black communities “about loyalty and authenticity.” Describing Netanyahu’s characterization of David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel as “self-hating Jews” based on their support of a settlement [...]
As Dahlia Lithwick noted in Slate this past weekend, Guantanamo may be America’s most infamous “prison problem,” but it is far from our only one. Our sentencing and incarceration system is broken. With the U.S. having only 5 percent of the world’s population and yet almost 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, we are imprisoning [...]
Robert Draper’s exclusive in GQ that Donald Rumsfeld’s top-secret intelligence briefings, called “World Intelligence Update,” included cover sheets of war images juxtaposed with Biblical quotes is a must read. These briefings were hand delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White House. Let us also not forget that Bush himself referred to the “war on terror” [...]
now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.
i don’t love posting press releases, but as a new yorker this makes me happy. not as proud as i’d be were i in toronto, montréal, LA or san francisco, but nonetheless. after last week’s demonstration, which brought together the full range of jewish opposition to the israeli government’s war on gaza, from Women in [...]
For days now, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this question: “Why don’t people know Harvey Milk is Jewish?” A few days ago, I added Harvey Milk to the wikipedia list of Jewish American politicians. I saw the film, MILK, starring Sean Penn, with a private audience of mostly Jews, queer and straight. [...]
This week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution “apologizing” for slavery. And the House should be commended, not criticized, for it. [Editorial note: The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish American representing a majority-black Memphis congressional district.] Unfortunately, ridiculous debates have raged for years amongst political commentators and [...]
Brilliant video by MoveOn. Pass this one on folks. We heard again this week. What do they want? Six more months? How long have we been hearing this call for six more months? Repeat it with me now: Too long! Almost $500 billion spent on this war, and while many of us were saying five [...]
Take Your Pick: Feministing Jewschool TalkLeft Huffington Post The Nation Yes, there are more, many more…everyone’s got something to say about Spitzer right now.