Jewish Journal

  • Jewish groups join faith call for civility


    January 13, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Jewish faith leaders joined a call for soul searching in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

    “This tragedy has spurred a sorely needed time of soul searching and national public dialogue about violent and vitriolic political rhetoric,” said the open letter to...

  • Blame real inciters, not Palin and Tea Parties

    By Benyamin Korn, JTA

    January 13, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Extreme rhetoric can inspire extreme behavior, even violence. But there isn’t a shred of evidence that anything that anyone on the political right—or left—said or wrote inspired Jared Lee Loughner to launch his deadly rampage in Arizona.

    Within hours of the shooting, before the...

  • Palin’s ‘blood libel’ remark overwhelms message

    By Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 13, 2011 | 10:13 am

    It was a well-crafted message preaching unity—and mined with a “blood libel” that blew it all apart.

    Sarah Palin’s video message Wednesday, her first substantial commentary since Saturday’s shooting in Tucson that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and...

  • It’s time to reject rhetorical violence

    By Simon Greer, JTA

    January 12, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    Sarah Palin did not shoot Rep. Gabriella Giffords. Neither did Glenn Beck. Or Rush Limbaugh. Or even Giffords’ opponent in the 2010 campaign, Jesse Kelly.

    Giffords was shot by a mentally unstable terrorist, who after attempting to assassinate Giffords, kept shooting into the crowd...

  • Palin slammed for using ‘blood libel’ term [VIDEO]


    January 12, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Rabbi Marvin Hier calls Palin “Over the top.” Read why here.

    Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” to decry blaming conservatives for the Arizona shooting has raised the ire of the Jewish community.

    In a video statement released Wednesday, Palin said that “Acts of monstrous...

  • Heschel, King and a Prayer for Peace

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 11, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said, “In a free society, some are guilty but all are responsible.” I have been mulling that quote over in my mind since I learned of the horrible assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the cold-blooded murder...

  • ADL: Assessing hate speech angle in shooting ‘critical’


    January 11, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League said it is “critical” to determine whether the man alleged to have shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was influenced by hate speech.

    “It is critical to determine whether the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, acted alone or with others, and whether...

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