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Mr. Hagel and the Jews

12:00 AM, Jan 07, 2013

During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination.

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Hagel: 'Let the Jews Pay For It'

12:53 PM, Jan 04, 2013

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

A popular USO port in the Israeli city of Haifa was the center of a bitter dispute over U.S. funding for overseas operations in the late 1980s.

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Unlike All Other Senators, Hagel Passed on Opportunity to Condemn Anti-Semitism

5:54 PM, Dec 19, 2012

Adam Kredo reports on an opportunity Chuck Hagel passed on to condemn ant-Semitism:

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Bill Nelson: 'I Have a Great Many Friends in the Jewish Lobby'

6:38 PM, Dec 18, 2012


Bill Nelson, a Democratic senator from Florida, would not offer a detailed comment in response to a question from THE WEEKLY STANDARD about Chuck Hagel’s 2008 comments that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” in Washington. But he had his own comment to make about the "Jewish lobby."

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Foxman, on Chuck Hagel: 'Sentiments He’s Expressed About the Jewish Lobby Border on Anti-Semitism'

1:01 PM, Dec 18, 2012

Abe Foxman, the head of the ADL, explained his opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense with this statement to the Washington Post:

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Alas Denmark

3:32 PM, Dec 13, 2012

Denmark has long been regarded as one of the world's most attractive nations, for citizens and tourists alike. My own visits there, years ago as a student, were delightful. And the Danes have a wonderful history of civic virtue, not least during the Holocaust. As the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes in a web site dedicated to "The Rescue of the Jews of Denmark."

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'Death to the Jews' Chanted in Vienna Streets

5:33 PM, Nov 26, 2012

Benjamin Weinthal reports that "Death to the Jews" chants were heard in the streets of Vienna:


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NYTimes: 'Where Are the Jews?'

5:28 PM, Nov 25, 2012

The New York Times opens up an article on the city's mayoral race by asking, "Where are the Jews?"

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Bad for the Jews

Another unintended consequence of the 18th Amendment.
Nov 19, 2012

The relative lack of interest in drinking among those of the Jewish persuasion is familiar enough that it is the subject of numerous jokes of various degrees of wit. It is well known, for example, that caterers think it is in their own commercial interests to tend an open bar for Jewish events and offer a cash bar at gentile ones. This is confirmed by insightful jokes like the story of the German, the Russian, and the Jew who are lost in the desert:

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DNC Hosts 'Obama Shabbat'

10:18 AM, Aug 24, 2012

The Democratic National Committee is hosting an "Obama Shabbat" tonight at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to observe the Jewish sabbath. 

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Romney Tops List of 'Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future'

11:30 AM, Aug 09, 2012

A new list of non-Jews "who are most positively influencing the Jewish future" lists Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the top position. The list was created and compiled by the Algeimener, a Jewish newspaper.

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Scandinavia and the Jews

5:20 PM, Aug 08, 2012

Scandinavia is boring. People living there apparently have little to do. And as European history teaches, when there is nothing much to do you may as well amuse yourself by attacking the Jews.

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Cantor on Pelosi: 'Patronizing and Deeply Insulting'

8:55 AM, Jul 29, 2012

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, recently said that Republican Jews are "being exploited." Today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, responds: 

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Pelosi: President Obama's Been to Israel ‘Over and Over Again’

9:43 AM, Jul 28, 2012

Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi's remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I'd note one comment in particular: Pelosi's claim that President Obama "has been there [Israel] over and over again."

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Pelosi: Republican Jews 'Being Exploited'

"And they're smart people."
8:55 AM, Jul 28, 2012

In an interview, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that she believes Republican Jews are "being exploited," but she was sure to add, "And they're smart people."

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Wistful in Jerusalem

1:10 PM, Jun 15, 2012

Can Israelis be wistful? It is not the characteristic we usually associate with them; more typically they are said to be tough, sweet, angry, thoughtful, demanding—not wistful.

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Biden Blames Israel First

2:05 PM, Jun 01, 2012

Elliott Abrams is rightly and eloquently outraged about this morning's New York Times article, which features Obama administration officials discussing sensitive and classified national security matters, for the sake of making the president look tough. The leakers—none of whom "would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day"—did no favor to our national security, or to efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program.

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Campaign Holds 'Obama Shabbat' Across Washington, D.C.

12:38 PM, Jun 01, 2012

The president is out of town tonight, spending the night alone at his home in Chicago after a day filled with six fundraisers. But his campaign in Washington, D.C. continues.

An events list found at reveals that eight "Obama Shabbat" dinners will be held this evening, here in Washington, to observe the Jewish sabbath and to "organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama." The Jewish sabbath is observed from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday night. 

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More on Obama's Meeting with Jewish Leaders

10:54 AM, Jun 01, 2012

Haaretz reported that in a private meeting with Jewish leaders earlier this week, President Obama said (in the Israeli paper's words) he "probably knows about Judaism more than any other president." Now, Ron Kampeas has more details of the meeting "

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Liberal Jews Turn on Obama

11:00 PM, May 31, 2012

Have pro-Israel liberals—at least some of the intelligent ones—finally had enough of President Obama's incompetence and dithering with respect to Israel and the Middle East?

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Barack Obama—Friend of Jews, Scholar of Judaism

12:28 PM, May 30, 2012
From Haaretz:

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Obama and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew met about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders. ...

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'Obama ... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President'

"[A]ll his friends in Chicago were Jewish."
11:36 AM, May 30, 2012

President Obama met yesterday with "about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders, thanking them for the work they do to improve communities around the country and discussed their shared commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy," Haaretz reports.

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Palestinian Sentenced to Death for Selling a Home to Jews

9:11 AM, Apr 23, 2012

Former Palestinian intelligence official Muhammad Abu Shahala has reportedly been sentenced to death by the Palestinian Authority for selling a Hebron home to Jews. In response, Jewish officials from the community in Hebron are calling for international officials now to get involved—in order to save Abu Shahala’s life.

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Terror in Toulouse

4:00 PM, Mar 21, 2012

French officials have identified the gunman responsible for the deaths of seven people, including three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, as a French-Algerian named Mohammad Merah. As with other terrorist attacks, there was early confusion in the press reporting about the identity and motives of the killer. Some suggested he was a neo-Nazi or another brand of right-wing extremist, which was certainly possible.

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Friends Indeed

How and why the Jews have thrived in England.
Dec 12, 2011

In the last words of this book, the author quotes her brother Milton Himmelfarb in one of his last essays: “Hope is a Jewish virtue.” Nobody embodies that virtue more felicitously than Gertrude Himmelfarb, who over a long and fruitful life of scholarship has given hope to all who have encountered her, whether in person or in print.

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Pale Fire

The lost world of Jews in the Russian empire.
Nov 21, 2011

In the early 20th century the Pale of Settlement was home to more Jews than anywhere else in the world.

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Obama and Clinton: Blame Israel First

4:58 PM, Sep 22, 2011

President Obama tried to reassure more than 900 rabbis today on a half-hour conference call that he’s a stalwart friend of Israel. In the midst of all the happy talk, though, he inadvertently revealed how he really thinks about the Middle East:

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