December 2008 Archives
Following a recent APN Action Alert on the topic, and an APN letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) from APN, signed by a number of important Israelis and American Jews, many APN activists have been (and are still) writing to the SWC to protest the construction of the "Museum of Tolerance" on the site of the Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem. In response, they are receiving from the SWC an emailed document entitled "Important Facts on the Israeli Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of the Museum of Tolerance," which purports to refute the various criticisms of the project.
APN agrees that the facts are important, so my brilliant friend and colleague in Jerusalem, Danny
Seideman, and I have produced a Q & A primer entitled "Setting the Facts Straight Regarding the Museum of
Tolerance" -- we review all of the facts (and claims) in detail, and also provide a
compendium of articles (analysis, opinion, and reporting) that may be of use to people who care as much as we do
about this subject. Enjoy!
Doug Bloomfield was not the only one who called the Conference of Presidents and the Daily Alert that it sponsors on ignoring the settlers' Hebron rampage. The New York Jewish Week http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c51_a14235/Editorial__Opinion/Editorial.html (link has expired) editorialized on it and the Forward published a news story. Blogger Richard Silverstein's posting on this is also worth checking out.
Today's Ma'ariv published a poll indicating that Likud is starting to slip in terms of how many seats it would capture in the upcoming Knesset elections.
Those familiar with this space will want to know the very sad news that our frequent participant, Meir Carasso, died several months ago. Herewith, an appreciation that appeared in the Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) on September 7:
On 12/1/08, Cohen writes: "Getting to such a two-state deal at, or close to, the 1967 borders will require concerted U.S. involvement from day one of the Obama administration. Its tone should be one of tough love, with the emphasis on tough."