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Must Read, January 17, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

January 17, 2012 | 2:58 am

Israelis protesting gender separation in Jerusalem in November (Reuters)

Gender Trouble

Yehudah Mirsky of Jewish Ideas Daily examines the ongoing battle in Israel over enforced gender separation through the broader perspective of a fractured society.

”…Haredi and Hardali countercultures seek to maintain the crucial gender divide while dissolving Israeli society’s boundaries between the religiously public and private, between religious and mundane.  Indeed, the surrounding Israeli society has been a key, if silent, player here.”

Failing States: The Real Meaning of the Arab Uprisings

Joshua Teitelbaum, writing for Stanford University’s Advancing a Free Society, casts an analytical eye over the direction the Arab Spring has taken, and explores the reasons for it, and its consequences.

”…the Arab uprisings are not living up to the expectations of their western cheerleaders. Indeed, what we are witnessing is yet another change of Arab mood or style. The discourse is one of democracy, but the result is fragmentation, Islamism, tribalism, and ethnic conflict. The result is failing states.”


Inside Hamas: The Shura challenge

Writing for the World Jewish Congress, Pinhas Inbari examines a split within Hamas, whose leaders inside and outside of Gaza have differing opinions on the organization’s direction.

“Hamas’ Shura is dominated by the Politburo, soliciting resentment from its leadership in Gaza. The Gazans plan to change the internal composition of the Hamas Shura during the upcoming Shura election in February, so as to secure Gaza’s prominence.”


On Israel: Name Calling Disguised as Analysis

Professor Brent Sasley writes in the Huffington Post that discussion on Israel has degenerated into insults and abuse, stifling rational debate.

“There are good, serious analyses of the issues, but they are often drowned in the sea of louder and more boisterous polemics. Analysis is subsumed within tweets, blog posts, and longer articles that are in effect a litany of accusations of the other side’s mental deficiencies and preconceived preferences.”


Wasserman Schultz: “Natural Home” For Minorities Is Democratic Party

The DNC Chairwoman engages in race politics in an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time”.

“There is a reason that the Democratic Party is far more diverse than the Republican Party, because the natural home, politically on major issues to Hispanics, to women, to Jews, to Asian-Americans, the diverse spectrum—to African Americans.”

 

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