Jewish Journal

  • Songwriter Allen Shamblin on “The House that Built Me”

    By Orit Arfa

    April 24, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    When I was covering the forced expulsion of 9,000 Jews from their beautiful, established homes in Gush Katif, the “Harvest Belt” of Gaza, in the summer of August 2005, it amazed me how supporters of the “Disengagement” plan were so glib about the destruction of these homes,... read on

  • The Middle East Hunger Games

    By Orit Arfa

    April 23, 2012 | 11:41 am

    I don’t easily get sucked into the hype around popular young adult novels and their ensuing movies. I tried reading Twilight; the bookmark is still stuck inside somewhere. The story about a weepy, clumsy girl who pines for an unavailable vampire essentially 100 years her senior... read on

  • Boycott Beinart (and Visit Judea and Samaria)!

    By Orit Arfa

    March 23, 2012 | 11:27 am

    In his now infamous op-ed in The New York Times, Peter Beinart has called for a boycott of Jewish creativity and productivity in Judea and Samaria. What he may or may not realize is that his faulty ideas sow the seeds of war and unrest between Jews and Jews, Jews and Arabs, and Arabs... read on

  • Was UC Prez’s Open Letter Condemning Campus Anti-Semitism Enough?

    By Orit Arfa

    March 9, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    The ZOA welcomes University of California President Mark Yudof’s Open Letter to the University of California Community condemning recent acts of harassment of Jewish students that occurred on several UC campuses. In the letter, he denounces acts meant to disrupt the speech of of... read on

  • The ZOAngel’s Purim Message [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    March 7, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. The story of Purim is one of the most inspiring stories of the Hebrew Bible, not to mention the most exciting, filled with happening parties and a beauty contest. But most importantly, Megillat Esther, which I have studied in depth... read on

  • Analysis of Obama’s rhetorical style

    By Orit Arfa

    March 5, 2012 | 8:51 pm

    While many analysts focus on the veracity of President Obama’s claims of his pro-Israel record, I’d like to focus on his rhetorical style. A careful analysis of Obama’s speech at AIPAC will show that he is extremely ambiguous—perhaps purposefully so—enabling him to appease... read on

  • Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Iranian Strike

    By Orit Arfa

    March 1, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    ZOA President Morton A. Klein has issued a release with the findings of a new poll that shows that a majority of the American public (58%) supports tough measures – including the possible use of military force – to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Only 30% say it is... read on

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