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

Three questions about the state of our democracy

Political power transitions are always shocks to the system. Our country’s democratic form of governance is both stable and unstable simultaneously. Stable, because the institutions that run the country — federal agencies, the courts and yes, even the media — don’t flip back and forth as often as our elected leaders. Unstable, because those in… Read More

The Plame Truth about anti-Semitism in America

No one born into this world makes it very far without developing subconscious prejudices of one kind or another. These socially-constructed inheritances tend to lessen with experience and exposure to diversity, but no one truly escapes them. The challenge is choosing not to act upon the prejudices we have or tolerate their public expression by… Read More