Jewish Journal

An academic ego run amok

By  David A. Lehrer

August 27, 2014 | 12:42 pm

Prof. Cornel West

I have been a close reader of the news, opinion pieces and general commentaries on current events for decades. When I was with the Anti-Defamation League, monitoring extremist groups’... read on

  • Ideology vs Reason

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 7, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Thursday, August 7, 2014 

    Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute recently published a report, “Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions” that is, in the words of The Washington Post, “a blistering assessment of the Justice... read on

  • Fanaticism Has a Price

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 31, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Our recent blog, the “Numbers Racket,” regarding the “civilian” casualties count in Gaza merits a follow-up. The fanaticism that animates Hamas reflects itself not only in their cavalier treatment of facts for PR purposes, but more profoundly in how they treat their own people who... read on

  • The Numbers Racket

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 29, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    The events in Israel and Gaza over the past few weeks are troubling. Innocents have been killed and the body count keeps increasing. As troubling and tragic as the loss of innocent life is, the reporting of the deaths is accompanied by a perverse willingness on the part of much of... read on

  • Some Good News Amid the Horrid

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 18, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Thursday was an unusual news day with two major stories dominating virtually all news outlets---the Malaysian airliner which was shot down over the Ukraine killing nearly 300 passengers and crew and Israel Defense Forces entered Gaza to prevent Hamas’ rockets from raining down on... read on

  • Whose Guarding the Henhouse?

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    As readers of this blog know, Community Advocates has been active in focusing attention on actions in Sacramento that seem to belie logic, data and good public policy.

    Over the past few months we have written about and taken action to counter Senate Constitutional Amendment 5... read on


    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 16, 2014 | 11:42 am

    The following op/ed was published in yesterday's Sacramento Bee.

    Legislation as Gesture
    By Richard J. Riordan and David A. Lehrer
    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Congress is well-known for its inaction. But logjams may be preferable to what is transpiring in Sacramento where the... read on


    By  David A. Lehrer

    May 12, 2014 | 11:54 am

    The recent encounters between right and left on the issue of affirmative action and preferences have been particularly intense. With the debate in California on Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (the effort to amend Proposition 209’s ban on racial and ethnic preferences at... read on

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