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Should Clinton have shared a stage with Farrakhan?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Former presidents recently served as eulogizers for Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and U.S. Sen. John McCain, the “maverick.” Barack Obama and George Bush spoke for McCain, a former rival of both, while Bill Clinton did the...

 By Charles Dunst    News    August 31, 2018

Progressives have a new definition of racism: prejudice plus power-what does that mean for Jews?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Are Jews too powerful to be considered “victims” of racism? Some progressives think so and have been downplaying accusations of anti-Semitism in light of a debate over prejudice and power. This week, The New York Times took heat...


Why Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' is a cautionary tale for 21st-century Jews

Spoilers for "BlacKkKlansman" below. NEW YORK (JTA)-In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in...

 By Charles Dunst    News    August 10, 2018

Will Pakistan's hotshot new prime minister change his country's relationship with Israel?

(JTA)-The election of former cricket star Imran Khan as Pakistan's new prime minister has raised eyebrows across the globe. He has promised a "new Pakistan," running on a light-on-policy...

 By Charles Dunst    News    July 27, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes Israel for 'the occupation of Palestine'

NEW YORK (JTA)—Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decried the “occupation of Palestine” during a television interview. Appearing July 13 on PBS’s “Firing Line,” Ocasio-Cortez, 28, also described herself as “a...

 By Charles Dunst    News    July 20, 2018

A wave of progressives shows Israel criticism isn't taboo anymore-what's a Jewish Democrat to do?

NEW YORK (JTA)-After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the political world by defeating longtime New York Rep. Joseph Crowley in a Democratic primary last month, Democratic National Committee Chairman...

 By Charles Dunst    News    July 6, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's Jewish legacy

NEW YORK (JTA)-Not an hour after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement as associate justice on the Supreme Court, the National Council of Jewish Women tweeted its dismay. "Justice Kennedy's...


Bourdain seduced us all into confronting our own biases

NEW YORK (JTA)-Anthony Bourdain was quick-and often willing-to publicly offer his own flaws. "Until 44 years of age, I never had any kind of savings account," Bourdain said in 2017. "[I] always owed m...


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