The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Several days ago, in the course of talking about the New York mayoral race, Daily News columnist E.R. Shipp noted the flap last year over Hillary Clinton's being endorsed by a Muslim group and the hullabaloo surrounding a Hamas group's endorsement of Mark Green. Ms. Shipp then went on to observe:
Why, pray tell, does one give a hoot about Israel and Palestine when one is trying to become New York City's Mayor? Why, pray tell, does one care about which side is the more terrorist, the Israelis or the Palestinians? Why pray tell, does this have anything to do with whether my garbage is picked up, the cops are shooting my neighbors or empty buildings are transformed into spaces that my friends and I might want to live in?…I couldn't care less whether the Muslims who want Green for mayor because he can perhaps deliver city services also hate Israel. That's between them and Israel….
In truth, we here at The Jewish Press have often remarked about how aspirants for local political office pander to certain voter groups about issues they can do nothing about. Most recently, we addressed this point in connection with the tuition voucher issue. And we are not all that sure that a candidate should automatically be excoriated because of an unsolicited endorsement.
But as an organ of the Jewish community, we take offense at the way Ms. Shipp made her point. Ms. Shipp is African-American and we have no doubt about what she would say if a candidate for New York City office would be endorsed by, say, the White Power Party or the Ku Klux Klan or whatever party David Duke heads up. Nor would she be so dismissive about the government of South Africa as she was about Israel.
Giving “a hoot about Israel and Palestine”? …”Which side is the more terrorist, the Israelis or Palestinians”? … “Whether the Muslims who want Green for mayor … also hate Israel … that's between them and Israel”? This is the way a serious columnist writes?
There may be some question about what a candidate should or should not do about an endorsement. But one thing is certain. Ms. Shipp's piece revealed a lot more about her than about Mrs. Clinton and Mark Green.
Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the New York Daily News, is the recently elected Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Despite our firm belief in journalistic freedom, we believe this gross example of journalistic license must be addressed.
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
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“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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