Woody Allen: Will You or Won’t You?

By Jennifer Hanin, July 9, 2012

I can’t think of any pro-Israel advocate who wouldn’t love to have Woody Allen make his next film in Israel. Can you? I didn’t think so. Especially, after Allen has time and time again said there’s no good reason to leave Manhattan yet he’s made four films in London, one in Spain, one in Rome [...]

What Are You Afraid Of?

By Elke Weiss, July 6, 2012

This week, Algerian author Boualem Sansal was stripped of his $15,000 prize money for winning Editions Gallimard Arabic Novel prize. Paris-based Arab Ambassadors’ Council pulled the plug on this distinguished author. For daring to attend the Jerusalem Writers Festival last May as a guest of honor, Sansal was denounced by Hamas as committing “an act [...]

To the Man on the 1 train in Manhattan Today

By Elke Weiss, June 29, 2012

Dear Sir, I am sorry we could not finish our conversation on Israel this morning.  Admittedly, you caught me pre-caffeinated this morning and me having to rush off to work made it hard to have a meaningful conversation but I wanted to address the points you made on the rare chance you might find this [...]

Stars vs. Stars of David

By Elke Weiss, June 26, 2012

When Alice Walker announced she was banning a Hebrew translation of her book The Color Purple, I was just grateful she was an author I did not happen to enjoy. One of the most painful parts of being Zionist is seeing stars I idolize standing on the other side of the Israel debate. I adore [...]

A D-Day Wakeup Call for J-Street Endorsees

By Adam Hanin, June 10, 2012

To: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Tammy Baldwin, Representative Martin Heinrich, and the 55 other House members or candidates receiving endorsements from J-Street Dear Senators and Representatives: Sixty-eight years ago this week, US and allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. On D-Day, more than 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but [...]

It’s High Time to Examine Israel Hating

By Elke Weiss, June 8, 2012

When Jewish Queer Youth marched openly for the first time in the Celebrate Israel parade, they had expected some backlash from homophobes.  Some were actually afraid. One fine young man actually wrapped himself in an Israeli flag, out of fear of being seen. Yet, the day was an unqualified success. As described by co-director Mordechai [...]

Refugee Reform: Counting on Peace

By Elke Weiss, June 1, 2012

Illinois Republican Representative Mark Kirk has bravely done what few others have dreamed of doing regarding the Middle East: he has taken steps for actual progress in the Palestinian refugee issue. His recent bill on documenting how many were actually displaced is one of the most humane and progressive pieces of legislation on the issue [...]

Mavi Marmara Sequel: Knife-Weilding ‘Aid’ Ship Goes to Court

By Jennifer Hanin, May 29, 2012

Originally published • May 27, 2012 • Breitbart.com Does polit­i­cal pos­tur­ing pass as an indict­ment in Turkey’s judi­cial sys­tem these days? Is Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Recep Tayipp Erdo­gan using a page from the old Arab League, post-Shah Iran­ian play­book again? Will Turkey’s poorly-written sequel about an “aid” ship with “peace­ful human­i­tar­i­ans” car­ry­ing rice and beans (i.e., provo­ca­teurs [...]

Pink-wash? Hogwash!

By Elke Weiss, May 23, 2012

This week honors Harvey Milk, a brave Jewish LGBT activist who paid the ultimate price for his beliefs. The Internet is filled with discussion of President Obama’s recent affirmation towards gay marriage and the marriage of NY mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn to her partner. It is an age of progress for sexual minorities, despite the [...]

You Can’t Take the Crazy Out of Ahmadinejadisms

By Jennifer Hanin, May 22, 2012

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to blog about issues affecting Israel and the Middle East. Currently, skepticism in Israel is high as Iran readies to sign a deal with the IAEA just before the 6-Power talks get underway in Baghdad. Israeli leaders have good reason to be skeptical of anything Iran signs with [...]