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Zionist Rabbi Suspends ‘Prayer for Israel’

By TTN

Jeremy Kalmanofsky, the senior rabbi of Ansche Chesed, a Conservative congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, made news on January 6th as the subject of Jody Rudoren’s weekly column as editor-in-chief of The Forward.  (Interestingly, both of Rudoren’s immediate predecessors, Jane Eisner and J.J. Goldberg, are or have been members of Anshe Chesed […]

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Israel’s Democracy Under Threat

By Alan Dowty

The recent Israeli election produced a government giving the far right and religious sectors more power than ever before. Leftists, and most centrists, are understandably alarmed. But Bibi Netanyahu is an old hand; is there a real threat to Israeli democracy? Yes. Israel’s new Minister of Justice, Yariv Levin, has unveiled proposed legislation, representing the […]

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Review of Eric Alterman’s ‘We Are Not One’

By TTN

Steven Richard Sheffey reviews TTN colleague Eric Alterman’s new book,  “We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel.”  The following is taken by permission from Sheffey’s weekly e-newsletter, Chicagoland Pro-Israel Political Update:    [This is] the perfect gift for someone who wants to understand the history of the U.S.-Israel relationship, attitudes of […]

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New Gov Would Undermine Israel

By TTN

TTN colleagues are anguished over Netanyahu’s proposed new governing coalition, as are many stalwart supporters of Israel.  One striking example is Abe Foxman, the retired head of the Anti-Defamation League, featured in a recent Jerusalem Post news article (and in a JTA article), declaring that he will not support a “non-democratic Israel”: “If they change the Law […]

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Opponents’ Blunders Led to Netanyahu Victory

By Ralph Seliger

In results analogous to how Donald Trump won in the U.S. Electoral College, despite a popular vote deficit of 2.8 million in 2016, Benjamin Netanyahu is returning to power due to an artifact of Israel’s electoral system — the 3.25% minimum threshold required of competing lists to be elected to the Knesset (raised from 2% in […]

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AIPAC Defeats Levin, But AWOL re Omar

By Ralph Seliger

As recorded on YouTube (see below), Rep. Andy Levin seems enormously appealing and upright.  I basically share his views on Israel and the Palestinians, which favor a negotiated two-state solution, a different perspective than Peter Beinart who interviewed him days prior to his primary loss.  AIPAC channeled money to help defeat him, while not spending […]

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On Excluding Zionists from Campus Groups

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

THE UNCONSCIONABLE EXCLUSION OF ZIONISTS FROM CAMPUS GROUPS This summer, two Jewish undergraduates at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Cassandra Blotner and Ofek Preis, charged in a complaint to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that they were expelled from a student group devoted to helping sexual assault survivors […]

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