Genocide measure passes in tight vote

October 11, 2007 at 12:07 am | Posted in Other | Leave a comment


Seven of eight Jewish members on a U.S. congressional committee voted for a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide.

The non-binding resolution, which recognizes the World War I massacre of Armenians by Turkey as genocide, passed the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday by a closer than expected vote, 27-21. The resolution is likely to go to the full House.

The only Jewish member to vote against was Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who cited among other reasons Turkey’s close relationship with Israel.

The measure was expected to pass by a much wider margin but faced a last-minute lobbying blitz by the Turkish government and the Bush administration, which marshalled all eight living former secretaries of state to oppose it.

Turkey has threatened to downgrade military ties with the United States if the measure passed, and intimated it would do so with Israel, too.

The closeness of the committee vote suggests it will be more difficult to pass the resolution when it comes to the House floor. Turkey’s Jews have pressed U.S. Jewish groups to oppose the measure. U.S. Jewish organizations have held back from lobbying but some groups, including the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, have said a congressional resolution recognizing the genocide would be a strategic blunder.

Jewish congressmen who supported the resolution included the committee chairman, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the only Holocaust survivor in Congress. Others, including Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and Ron Klein (D-Fla.), cited Holocaust remembrance as a reason for their votes.

Poll: Third of U.S. voters link Israel, messiah return

October 27, 2006 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(JTA) lmost one-third of U.S. voters identify with Christian Zionism when it’s defined as Israel’s control of all the “Promised Land” as a condition for the messiah’s arrival.
The poll carried out earlier this month by Zogby International for the Council for the National Interest found that 16 percent of respondents strongly believed, and 15 percent somewhat believed, that “Israel must have all of the Promised Land, including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah.”

Some 53 percent didn’t believe that statement and 16 percent weren’t sure. The council lobbies for cuts in U.S. assistance to Israel.

Shock at death of ‘peace champion’

July 10, 2006 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(BBC) Describing their devastation at the loss of their son, stabbed to death in the US, Alan Senitt’s family said the world had lost a champion of peace.

“We have lost a much-loved son and brother.

“The Jewish community as a whole has lost one of its bright young leaders and the wider world has lost a champion of peace and goodwill,” a statement read.


Religious Bodies Move To Probe Conditions At Kosher Meat Plant

June 26, 2006 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) Two key national bodies of Conservative Judaism have created a task force to investigate and respond to complaints of substandard working conditions at the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, first described in a Forward investigation.

Separately, initial steps have been taken by national bodies of Orthodox Judaism to examine the validity of the allegations and explore possible responses. Sources among Orthodox leadership said the steps came in response to expressions of alarm from “members and constituents.”


In Wal-Mart’s Home, Synagogue Signals Growth

June 20, 2006 at 7:03 am | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(NY Times) Residents of Benton County, in the northwest corner of Arkansas, are proud citizens of the Bible Belt. At last count, they filled 39 Baptist, 27 United Methodist and 20 Assembly of God churches. For decades, a local hospital has begun meetings with a reading from the New Testament and the library has featured an elaborate Christmas display.

Then the Wal-Mart Jews arrived.


False Report Triggers Rush Of Iranian-Nazi Comparisons

May 25, 2006 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Anti-discrimination, Civil Rights, Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) It was not exactly up there with the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but the effort to discredit the Iranian regime took an embarrassing turn this week with a false media report claiming that Tehran had passed a law requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear special badges.

The report and a related column by Iranian opposition pundit Amir Taheri ran in the May 19 edition of the National Post, a Canadian daily, promptly setting off a media feeding frenzy.


Holocaust Remembrance Day – Never Again

April 25, 2006 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Other | 3 Comments

Today, April 25, 2006, we commemorate Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
This year as we remember the 6 million Jews systematically murdered by
the Nazis during the Holocaust, we remind ourselves of the promise of
“Never Again.” After the world had sat by and watched the Holocaust
unfold, offering assistance too late we vowed that Genocide would
never happen again. But it is happening again. Continue Reading Holocaust Remembrance Day – Never Again…

Knowing Why Not To Bomb Iran Is Half the Battle

April 21, 2006 at 10:26 am | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) One of my teachers, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, used to say that going to war is not like asking a girl out on a date. It is a very serious decision, to be made on the basis of carefully crafted answers to even more carefully crafted questions.Some serious questions, then, about whether the United States should bomb Iran's nuclear installations.


Excerpts of Chairman Dean’s Remarks Before Jewish Council for Public Affairs

February 28, 2006 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(JCPA) Today in a speech before the Annual Conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean detailed the weakness of the Republican party on matters of national defense, and forcefully detailed why Democrats are stronger in keeping America safe. Dean also discussed what the Democratic National Committee is doing to get democrats elected all across the country in order to restore honest leadership and open government, and contrasted the Democratic Party’s positive agenda for America with the Republican Culture of Corruption and the Bush Administration’s failed leadership.

Below are excerpts from Chairman Dean’s speech:
Continue Reading Excerpts of Chairman Dean’s Remarks Before Jewish Council for Public Affairs…

Jewish, Catholic Leaders Plan Muslim Dialogue

February 23, 2006 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

(Forward) Seeking to build on the success of their own longstanding dialogue, Jewish and Catholic leaders have held several discussions in recent weeks about launching more intensive interfaith talks with Muslims.


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