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  • Steven Sotloff, Journalist Killed by ISIS, Tried to Hide His Jewish Heritage

    09/03/2014 1:01:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 3, 2014 | Katie Zavadski
    The second American journalist killed by ISIS militants was Jewish and held Israeli citizenship, according to newly released details about his personal life. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Sotloff had taken on Israeli citizenship when he studied in the country. That information was scrubbed from the media after he was captured, because of fears that it would decrease his chances of getting released and worsen his treatment, and only cleared by Israel's foreign ministry on Wednesday, following the release of a video showing Sotloff's execution. There had previously been some close calls. The New York Times reported that Sotloff...
  • Going Home

    07/24/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- "Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony. By writing lyrics for it, a gifted pupil of his turned it into a kind of modern Negro spiritual, putting into words the plaintive, elegiac spirit of the music -- and the longing felt by anyone homesick for an irretrievable past: Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a-goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close...
  • Southern Jews a Dying Breed as Small-Town Communities Dwindle Fast

    04/29/2013 6:05:40 PM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | April 28, 2013 | Seth Berkman
    A Way of Life Is Disappearing in Dixie Bert Rosenbush Jr. enjoys a bittersweet form of celebrity in his hometown of Demopolis, Ala.: He’s the last living Jew there. It’s a form of prominence he shares with Phil Cohen of Lexington, Miss. In Natchez, Miss., Jerold Krause is one of just a dozen Jews left. And Selma, Ala., a town that was central to the civil rights movement, is down to its last dozen, too. It’s a paradox, in a way. Because, as Stuart Rockoff, director of the history department of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Life, in Jackson, Miss.,...
  • Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words

    02/01/2013 9:52:31 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Poynter ^ | 2/1/13 | Julie Moos
    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008. His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009, evoke his faith and his admiration of a murdered journalist. Koch explained his plans to the Associated Press: The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words of journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by...
  • Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher Steps Down Over Obama ‘Hit’ Column

    01/24/2012 11:05:29 AM PST · by null and void · 16 replies
    SeeBS Atlanta ^ | January 23, 2012 3:46 PM
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times resigned after fallout from his column on why Israel should assassinate President Obama. According to an email obtained by the JTA, Andrew Adler announced he was “relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately.” Jerry Farkas, office manager for the Jewish Times, told CBS Atlanta that everyone is “saddened” by what happened. “It’s a hard thing,” Farkas told CBS Atlanta. “We feel like we’re fighting fires.” In a Jan. 13 column Adler wrote for the Jewish Times about Israel’s options to head off a nuclear Iran, he suggested that...
  • 'Gun control'? One Jewish group says 'Never again!'

    12/08/2008 4:54:57 PM PST · by Copernicus · 54 replies · 1,071+ views
    Cleveland Examiner ^ | 12/08/08 | David Codrea
    Friday we discussed the anti-gun efforts of the National Council of Jewish Women, a group that claims to be "inspired by Jewish values." Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership would disagree. Billed as "America's most aggressive defender of firearms ownership," the "twin goals" of JPFO are: To destroy "gun control" and to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone... Founded by Jews and initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed, JPFO has always welcomed persons of all religious beliefs...
  • Democratic Rep.: Palin pick is 'direct affront to all Jewish Americans' [Wexler]

    09/01/2008 8:55:58 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 104 replies · 276+ views
    Haaretz (Israel) ^ | August 29, 2008 | Haaretz Staff
    Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida lashed out Saturday at John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, accusing her of supporting "Nazi sympathizer" Pat Buchanan and branding the move an "affront to all Jewish Americans." "John McCain's decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for president in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans," said a statement by Wexler.
  • The Rise and Fall—and Rise—of “Jewess”

    05/22/2008 8:18:44 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 133+ views
    Nextbook ^ | 05.14.08 | Daniel Krieger
    Why are twenty-first-century women reclaiming a derogatory term? In 1980, Rabbi Jacob Rader Marcus, an octogenarian scholar of Jewish history, decided to title his new book about Jewish women in America “The American Jewess.” His publisher, Ktav, told him that was out of the question because the term “Jewess” was, well, offensive. Marcus, more concerned with historical truth than political correctness, didn’t really care. He compromised on the title, calling his study The American Jewish Woman: 1654–1980, but refused to remove the term from his text. “Many Jews today deem it a ‘dirty word’ and avoid it," he writes in...
  • Why Are American Jews So Anti-Gun?

    03/22/2008 9:19:30 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 39 replies · 1,654+ views
    Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 3/20/08 | Eric King
    With the Supreme Court opening this week the first extensive examination of the constitutional right to bear arms in nearly 70 years, now seems a pretty good time to ask a question that’s been perplexing me for nearly as long: Why is that American Jews are so overwhelmingly anti-gun? I’ve been stumped by this communal aversion to firearms ever since I was a 6 year old, back in 1947. While flipping through old Life magazines one day in my grandparents’ living room in the Bronx, I came across photographs taken at the liberation of concentration camps. I saw the pictures...
  • The limit of Obama's imagination [Egyptian magazine calls him Barack Hussein Obama]

    02/28/2008 1:21:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies · 276+ views
    Al Ahram ^ | 2-28-08 | Hamid Dabashi
    The limit of Obama's imagination At a time when Obama's moral voice was most needed, the reach of his wings proved to be cautiously perforated on an AIPAC line, writes Hamid Dabashi* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late . . . Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, 'Too late.' There is an invisible book of life that...
  • Open Season on Jewish Women-The dark lessons of the Seattle shooting.

    08/01/2006 5:17:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies · 1,134+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-1-06 | Phyllis Chesler and Nancy Kobrin
    This past Friday, 30-year-old Naveed Afsal Haq, a supposedly lone and “mentally ill” Muslim-American of Pakistani origin, took a 13-year-old girl hostage in order to gain entry to the Jewish Federation Building in Seattle. Declaring himself “angry with Israel,” Haq announced that it was a “hostage” situation, and began shooting only women, including a pregnant woman. Five women were wounded and one, 58 year-old Pam Waechter, was murdered. Several other women were shot in the abdomen. Haq's brutal attack is no ordinary crime. It is the product of an Islamic culture that denigrates women in general and a jihadist culture...
  • American Jews mobilize for Israel

    07/16/2006 8:13:58 AM PDT · by veronica · 16 replies · 1,800+ views
    JPost ^ | 7-18-06 | NATHAN GUTTMAN
    The American Jewish community has been demonstrating wall-to-wall support for Israel as it fights on two fronts. Major Jewish organizations have backed Israel's actions and are considering a community-wide emergency fund-raising effort. The United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 55 Jewish federations and 400 independent Jewish communities across North America, has already provided $1 million via the Jewish Agency that will be used to send children from communities near the northern border to youth villages in the central region. The UJC is considering embarking on a special fund-raising campaign, similar to the Israel Emergency Campaign that raised more than $360m....
  • Top White House posts go to Jews

    04/24/2006 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Angus MacGregor · 140 replies · 2,766+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Apr. 25, 2006 | Nathan Guttman
    Top White House posts go to Jews Nathan Guttman, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 25, 2006 After appointing Joshua Bolten to be the White House chief of staff, US President George W. Bush nominated another Jewish staffer, Joel Kaplan, to serve as Bolten's deputy, putting him in charge of the daily policy planning. The fact that White House policy is now in the hands of two Jews is not seen as significant by activists in the American Jewish community. "He is simply appointing the best people for the job," said Nathan Diament, who heads the Washington office of the Orthodox Union....
  • S. Floridians push for a presidential proclamation of Jewish Heritage Month [GW agrees]

    01/30/2006 5:43:19 AM PST · by summer · 19 replies · 316+ views
    Sun-Sentinel, Ft Lauderdale, FL ^ | January 29, 2006 | William E. Gibson
     WASHINGTON -- Hoping to highlight the contributions of Jewish culture to the nation, a determined band of South Floridians is leading a campaign to create an American Jewish History Month. With backing from Congress and President Bush, their dream appears headed for reality. This month and every January, schoolchildren throughout Florida study the long, sometimes painful, but always productive Jewish history of their state. An American Jewish history month would expand that cross-cultural experience on a national scale.... But only the president can make such a proclamation, and Bush intends to designate what he prefers to call "Jewish Heritage Month"...
  • Tracing socialism's role among Jewish immigrants

    12/30/2005 9:38:38 PM PST · by tbird5 · 14 replies · 593+ views
    Globe ^ | December 29, 2005 | Judith Maas
    In ''A Fire in Their Hearts," Tony Michels explores a chapter in Jewish life that, he contends, scholars have long overlooked -- the rise of socialism among immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York. With a few key exceptions, he observes, historians have viewed Jewish socialism as a short-lived import from revolutionary circles in czarist Russia. Socialism, they say, equipped Jews with political skills but failed to have a lasting ideological effect; for the most part, Jewish socialists abandoned radicalism as they took their place in mainstream American politics and life. The dominant spirit in many histories, Michels argues, is celebratory --...
  • Why Jews should vote for Bush

    10/26/2004 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 5 replies · 453+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 26, 2004 | Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
    If you are an American Jew and are inclined to vote for Sen. Kerry, you will be doing what al-Qaida and all of Israel's enemies want you to do: Get rid of George Bush. While many Muslims voted for Bush in 2000, this year they are going to vote for Kerry. Why? Because Kerry is against the war in Iraq and may not "stay the course," as we know that Bush will. Israel's enemies want Kerry to win, and that includes Yasser Arafat, plus the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad who said that "Jews rule the world by proxy."...
  • How Jews should vote?

    10/26/2004 8:44:39 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 10 replies · 487+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 26, 2004 | Dennis Prager
    As a leader in the American Jewish community for some 30 years, I have never asked fellow Jews to vote for a presidential candidate. I have always believed that Jews have had Jewish reasons to vote for candidates from both parties. Not this election. There are overwhelmingly powerful Jewish reasons to vote for President Bush and equally powerful Jewish reasons not to vote for John Kerry. To understand this, I need to explain the word "Jewish." It means two things: that which concerns Judaism and its values, and that which concerns Jews as a distinct ethnic people. Whichever definition one...
  • Some see Jewish shift toward GOP

    05/07/2003 7:59:46 AM PDT · by Nonstatist · 81 replies · 272+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/7/2003 | Anne E. Kornblut
    <p>The Jewish community responded enthusiastically when Senator Joseph I. Lieberman joined the presidential ticket in 2000, a move many saw as recognition of their long support for the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. As they had for every election in decades, Jewish voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for the Democrats.</p>
  • Why The Jewish Press Is So Special

    11/30/2002 12:05:09 PM PST · by alan alda · 2 replies · 168+ views
    Why The Jewish Press Is So Special The two editorials I've posted below show why The Jewish Press is the best Jewish publication going today. First, their editorial endorsing Bush in 2000 is a gem of irrefutable logic and sharp, clear writing. Second, their editorial from Dec. 2001 is an equally compelling "in your face" reminder to their fellow Jews of the heat they took for endorsing Bush the year before. These editorials are just two examples of why many Freepers -- myself included -- have been posting articles here from The Jewish Press. Every week they feature columns and...