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Where the Jews Aren’t

A new book examines the brief history of an autonomous Jewish region in Russia, founded in 1929. It lasted until Stalin ordered the eradication of its Jewish identity in 1948, burning Yiddish books, banning the Yiddish language, and executing by firing squad its Yiddish writers.

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Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



In Passover Article, Hillary Clinton Implies Rival Bernie Sanders Is Betraying Jews

The Democratic presidential front-runner published a blog piece “doing what can only be described as ‘goysplaining,’ ” which, writes Ben Norton at Salon, is when a non-Jew condescendingly accuses “a Jew of betraying his own people for criticizing Israel.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly Half of Israeli Jews Want to Expel Palestinian-Israelis From the Country (Video)

A just-released Pew Forum poll reports a startling statistic about the current state of affairs in Israel.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Pied Piper of Zion

The Israeli Peace Camp is in despair. No savior is in sight. Many just sit in front of their TV set and wring their hands.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Has Netanyahu No Shame?

The recent comments of the Israeli prime minister (at right) attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a “blood libel” lie, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in an op-ed article.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

Far right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.

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At Home in Exile, an Ode to the Richness of Jewish Diaspora Life

In his new book, Alan Wolfe presents his view that Jewish universalism is rooted in “the passion for justice that so moved the Hebrew prophets.”

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Discussing ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, author and journalist Max Blumenthal and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discussed the state of Israeli society at an event sponsored by Princeton University’s Seminarians for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Anti-Semitism on the Rise in the U.K.

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.K. are at an all-time high, with reports of violence, property damage, abuse and threats against members of Britain’s Jewish population in 2014 more than double the number from the year before.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Leonard Beerman: Activist, Pacifist, Rebel and Rabbi

In a remembrance published earlier this week, the Rev. Madison Shockley recalled Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who will be buried today, as a great light for justice and peace.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE


Coexisting









Posted on Sep 27, 2014 ENLARGE


Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: ‘A Slaughter of Innocents’

Henry Siegman was born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933. In a two-part interview with “Democracy Now!,” he discusses the Israeli assault on Gaza, the myths surrounding Israel’s founding in 1948, and his evolution from German-Jewish refugee to leading voice among American Jews and vocal critic of Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Pope Francis Heckled in the Holy Land

The pontiff was in Jerusalem on Monday, where he called for more tolerance and cooperation between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



Update: ‘Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register’

“Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill,” The New Republic reports. “Apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new ‘authorities,’ or face loss of citizenship or expulsion.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Massive Protest by Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Against Conscription

Israel’s Haredim, an Eastern European branch of Judaism emphasizing strict religious adherence, were a tiny minority at Israel’s founding in 1948 and were given an exemption from conscription.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



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‘This Pseudo-Historical Nonsense Is Over a Century Old’

The Internet is alight with reports that a scholar will prove Jesus Christ was a deliberate Roman invention. Historian and atheist Richard Carrier, who agrees Jesus never existed, says O-ha!

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Holidays in the Holy Land









Posted on Dec 17, 2012 ENLARGE


God Is Watching









Posted on May 20, 2012 ENLARGE    



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When Jewish Upon a Star

The voice on the other end of the telephone needed to make sure that I was 21. I wasn’t. “I’m 22,” I said, lying, figuring that 19 might as well be 22 and, anyway, this was a comedy club that I was scheduling an audition for, not the Moonlite Bunny Ranch or the FBI.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE    



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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Pro-Israel Group Tries to Smear the Protesters

A right-wing, pro-Israel group called the Emergency Committee for Israel has released a commercial that portrays the ongoing protests against the cozy relationship between government and corporations as anti-Semitic. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring Monster









Posted on Aug 28, 2011 ENLARGE



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Israel on a PR Campaign

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is on a kick to improve his country’s standing in Europe. His strategy? Develop a cadre of “allies” abroad who will serve as walking PR agents for Israeli policy.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

There are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an “Islamification” of American politics and society.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Book of Genesis
usatoday.com

God Gets the R. Crumb Treatment

Drawing God is an age-old challenge, but ultra-quirky illustrator R. Crumb was up for it—although it took a lot of white-out to do the job, which seems fitting somehow. Crumb tackled the first 50 chapters of the Old Testament in his latest creation, simply titled “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb,” and lo, it is good.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


Charles Taylor
abcnews.com

Charles Taylor Finds Yahweh

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has found a new religion, reports say. The one-time African dictator, on trial at The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, has decided to convert to Judaism. According to one of his wives, after arriving in the Netherlands “he got to know that he really, really wanted to be a Jew.”

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


The Truce









Posted on Apr 27, 2007 ENLARGE    


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Jacqueline Bohnert / The New York Times

Conservative Jews Mull Same-Sex Unions, Gay Rabbis

A committee of Conservative Jewish legal experts will consider whether to lift a ban on gay rabbis and same-sex unions. The rabbi pictured here has written a proposal that he says would “enable gays and lesbians to have a love life sanctioned by Jewish law.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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