Take it to the streets

By Elke Weiss, May 7, 2014

Last summer, my Indian friend “Adam” invited me to attend a public Bhagra Punjabi folk dance festival, held in the beautiful World Financial Center Plaza. It was an incredible experience to see people from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Kashmir in their magnificent traditional clothing, dancing together with grace and joy. As I was happily dancing [...]

Losing Sleep in South Africa

By Elke Weiss, December 17, 2013

To the Honorable International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, As South Africa is in the news due to the death of Nelson Mandela, I felt it was time to follow his example and speak of social justice. I am sorry that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused you to lose sleep.  Obviously, you don’t have larger problems [...]

Tell Us What You Really Think, Vincent Browne

By Elke Weiss, November 9, 2012

If you haven’t heard Vincent Browne’s inflammatory comments, check them out here. Dear Vincent Browne, As a young journalist, I look to people like you to be my models of proper behavior.  It is the job of a journalist to speak truth to power, to scrutinize every word they say, and to hold them accountable. [...]

The Happiness Deficit

By Elke Weiss, October 12, 2012

We begin today a series entitled “A World Without Israel.” In it, we look at the ways in which Israel’s existence has enriched American lives. Our first entry is from Elke Weiss, Law Student, Grad Student, Journalist, and Blogger who will be at Comic Con this weekend I know that given world events pop culture [...]

Dishonest Discussions Drown out the Silence

By Elke Weiss, October 2, 2012

Last Saturday, the NYU’s New School hosted a troubling panel entitled “The Jewish-American Relationship with Israel at the Crossroads.”  The panel program explained that they were there to discuss the “possibility that increasing awareness of the conflict among the American Jewish community is creating a more critical stance towards Israel.”  This is an interesting topic [...]

We Stand

By Elke Weiss, September 25, 2012

In what likely is a cosmic joke, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran will be addressing the UN on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Likely, it’s just a complete accident and the irony is lost on Iran. If the day was chosen as an insult, it only shows the cowardice of the [...]

Israel and the American Political Parties

By Elke Weiss, September 8, 2012

Election years tend to divide all of us down party lines.  Independents—like me—end up having to choose the least problematic candidate.  For most of us, that means that we focus on a few specific issues that represent “red lines” which we will not cross.  One of my red lines is Israel.  What’s sad is that [...]

Hanan Ashrawi Highlights the Hypocrisy of the Palestinian Plight

By Elke Weiss, September 5, 2012

Hanan Ashrawi has disgraced herself as a policy maker by whitewashing the suffering of the thousand of Jews thrown of their ancestral homes. She asserted in a recent interview that “Jews voluntarily and collectively left” Arab countries, “migrating to Israel after its establishment.”  Worse, she asserts, “Jews were not singled out, although there had been [...]

Justice for Rachel

By Elke Weiss, August 28, 2012

Today, the Haifa district court ruled that the death of Rachel Corrie was an unfortunate accident. I respectfully disagree with the verdict. While I do not blame the bulldozer operator for the tragedy, I do blame the people who willingly and knowingly put Rachel Corrie and other civilians into a military zone during the intifada. [...]

When You Seek Revenge, Dig Two Graves

By Elke Weiss, August 7, 2012

On Sunday, Israeli forces thwarted a terrorist attempt on its borders when fifteen innocent Egyptian soldiers were murdered by Islamist gunmen who stole a vehicle to try to invade Israeli sovereignty.  As evidenced by the callous disregard for their fellow Muslims, the terrorists have sent a message. No one is safe. Many in the Arab [...]