The cowardice of American Jewish academia

Last month, Alan Dershowitz gave a speech at the University of California, Berkeley in which he laid out the liberal case for Israel. Shortly thereafter, a cartoon appeared in the student newspaper that depicted Dershowitz with spider-like features, smiling as he sticks his head through a cardboard cutout. Behind the cardboard he stomps on a… Read More

Letters, Nov. 15, 2017

More requirements advocated for gun ownership If we must interpret the Second Amendment as giving citizens the right to own guns, then let’s at least make it a process that ensures would-be gun owners are responsible and knowledgeable in their use (“Las Vegas survivor at Capitol urging gun reform,” Nov. 9). Gun owners should, at… Read More

Challenges for the Democrats

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming-out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two… Read More

Priti Patel’s blunder

Americans consumed with domestic government and sex scandals can be forgiven for not being aware of the recurring scandals in the United Kingdom which are embroiling Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government. The latest concerns the now former secretary of state for international development, Priti Patel. A strong Israel supporter in a largely pro-Israel government,… Read More

Virginia Dems see election success as big step forward

A series of victories for Democrats in Virginia last week was cause for celebration among Jewish politicians in the commonwealth, as well as party members at the national level. In the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) defeated Republican challenger Ed Gillespie on Nov. 7, 54 percent to 45 percent — a margin of… Read More

Students fail in College Park election

University of Maryland students Alex Tobin and Zack Miller came up short last week in their quest to become the first undergraduate students elected to the College Park City Council. Tobin, a junior, finished in fourth place in the District 2 race. He received 81 votes. The winners were incumbents P.J. Brennan and Monroe Davis… Read More

Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and U.S. Jews

LOS ANGELES — Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night — between American Jews and the Israeli government. Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the North American Jewish federation movement, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. “Whether… Read More

Washington theater critic Joel Markowitz dies at 60

Joel Markowitz, a connoisseur of and tastemaker for the Washington region’s theater scene who founded and edited the DC Metro Theater Arts website, died on Nov. 7 in Bethesda. He was 60. His brother Bruce Markowitz, said the cause of death was ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The theater writer was diagnosed… Read More

New Jewish Dems group aims for shakeup in 2018

Fresh off of Democratic electoral victories in Virginia and New Jersey, a new group of Jewish Democrats announced its existence Wednesday, and vowed to strengthen ties between the party and Israel, oppose what it says is the Trump administration’s tolerance of neo-Nazis and galvanize the Jewish community to elect Democrats in 2018 and beyond. With… Read More