Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

By:
Asaf Romirowsky
The eminent doyen of Middle East Studies Bernard Lewis noted that the success of Edward Said's book, Orientalism , was in being able to transform a term that had always referred to an area of academic specialty focusing on societies and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia into an expression of political abuse. As Lewis prophesied, shortly...
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By:
David A. Harris
In an exchange between British blogger Joy Wolfe and leaders of the "Free Gaza" campaign -- which recently sent two boats to Gaza in the hope of garnering media attention -- an Israeli-based member, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, condemned Israel for "collective punishment of 1.5 million people," "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity," and described Gaza as "an open prison, a sort...
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By:
Samuel G. Freedman
Twice during the past six months, I've traveled to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the neighborhood infamously ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. As a New Yorker, I have reason to pass within sight of Ground Zero, site of the former World Trade Center, at least every few weeks. These incidental pilgrimages have taken on extra meaning for me lately,...
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No Mistaking Candidate's Stand on Abortion Rights Your subhead, "She Backs Abortion," which appeared on page 20 in the article on Sarah Palin's nomination as the Republican candidate for vice president (Cover story: "Palin File: Thin on Community Connection," Sept. 4) was extremely misleading. Gov. Palin opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Her views are extreme and...
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With each passing September, does the meaning of 9/11 diminish for Americans? That's the question many of us may be asking as the seventh anniversary of that terrible day is noted. In the intervening years, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have numbed many of us to the reality of the terrorist threat, while others have simply preferred to...
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