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KPFK: ‘La Causa’
Facilitated Hate Speech

Last week, Roberto Loiderman of The Jewish Journal exposed the anti-Semitic outbursts of the KPFK radio program “La Causa.“ It’s not secret that Latinos, as a group, are the most likely to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, and “La Causa” host Augustin Cebada is no exception. more

Cartoon Blasted As Anti-Semitic

Oliphant Cartoon

Pat Oliphant, one of the most widely syndicated political cartoonists in the world, is in a bit of hot water over this drawing. The cartoon, which ran in papers across the country yesterday, depicts a headless soldier goose-stepping behind a fanged Star of David, marching the tiny, defenseless Gaza off a cliff. more

JewishJournal.com’s Rob Eshman Discusses Cartoon on NBC [VIDEO]

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EXPELLED: The Day Venezuela Booted Israel’s Embassy

Merkin/Madoff

On February 6th, 2009, Shlomo Cohen, Israeli Ambassador in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, received an unwelcome and distressing phone call. The government of Venezuela was expelling all Israeli diplomats and staff – they had 72 hours to leave the country. more

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Daphne Merkin Attempts to Minimize Brother’s Madoff Connection

Merkin/Madoff

Talk about a gross understatement. In fact, I think we could call this omission willfully deceiving. In Sunday’s New York Times, Daphne Merkin wrote an op-ed about Bernard Madoff and his co-pendent casualties. more

Slumdog

Slumdog Star Heads to Israel

The sexy starlet of “Slumdog Millionaire” will kick start her newfound film career in Israel. In the month since “Slumdog” swept the 2009 Oscars with eight wins, Pinto has become Hollywood’s hot, new commodity. more

What Is a Good Jew?
Complete Torah Slam Coverage [VIDEO]

Torah Slam

If you want to rattle an auditorium full of Jewish kishkas just before Pesach, ask the question “What is a good Jew?” There was agreement but little consensus among the five rabbis invited by The Journal to debate the issue at Torah Slam 2, L.A.’s second cross-denominational public Torah study. more

Politics

Labor Joining Bibi: Kosher Stamp or Fig Leaf?

Depending on one’s interpretation, Labor’s decision to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition grants Israel’s incoming government either a kosher seal of approval or a fig leaf to disguise a right-wing agenda. more

Jewish Groups Back Obama Budget, Concerned about Tax Proposal

More than 100 Jewish community organizations are backing President Obama’s 2010 budget while expressing “significant concerns,” but not opposing, a proposed decrease in the tax deduction for charitable contributions. more

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Jewish Divorce

Get rid of the get (“Community Rallies for Woman’s Jewish Divorce,” March 13). Women are not slaves, and women are not property. Power which continues in the hands of husbands and with the men who wrote the laws and continue to carry them out, corrupts.

When will women be accepted as human beings, the same as their male counterparts? Why aren’t the men considered agunah (anchored)? When will Jewish women be given the respect they rightfully deserve?

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>Jaw to Jaw, Toe to Toe, Eye To Eye: Now Shoulder To Shoulder

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U.S.-Russian space crew watched movie ‘Thirteen Days’

by Don White
FORT MEAD, MD – Four decades after the United States and Soviet Union edged to the brink of nuclear war, the joint Russian-American crew of the International Space Station got to watch together in February of 2001 a movie about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Wow! Who could have predicted that?

I mentioned in my two new employment blogs that I launched this week called WOW1 and WOW, World Of Work, what was on the horizon if Obama is elected US president. Read to the end of this article, then click over to http://Wow1Employment.blogspot.com
It is a free blog where I hope to mount a campaign to help, gratis, the mounting number of unemployed in America find jobs.

Senator Biden Said It
Even Obama’s own running mate, Senator (the mouth) Biden, said it. He said during the first six months of an Obama term in office there would be a severe test of his leadership capability. John McCain and Sarah Palen picked up on this theme and have been assuring the American public that there will not be a crisis of leadership with McCain as president. But the inexperienced Barak Obama will face a crisis because he doesn’t understand foreign affairs or the economy. How can he, he’s never run anything except his campaign? But because of McCain’s greater knowledge, judgment, service, experience and foreign policy savvy, the country can rest assured that we will be safe as we have been the past seven years.

Do Democrats feel good about voting for a man who could thrust us into World War III?

Is Barak Obama Like John F. Kennedy?
Obama has been compared to John F. Kennedy in experience and social savoir faire, in speech, in dress, in dash and good looks. Kennedy was severely tested by a wily Nikita Khrushchev when he started installing missile silos with warheads aimed at the US. I served in the 142nd MI Linguist Company and, along with some of my friends, was stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland. We were taking aerial reconaissance training–imagine that! We were training on the real stuff–the aerial photos straight from the battle lines, as it were. These were fresh shots, straight from Tac/R — Tactical Reconnaissance cameras in US planes, taken over a two week time frame, and reviewed by us at the very moment the historic event took place. An event that shook the planet and could have changed the world forever.

Our staff sergeant instructors for the first half of the training were quickly reassigned to TAD and helicoptered onto the naval destroyers circling Cuba. This assignment was labeled AAA — Emergency, top priority, extreme urgency. They belonged to the APIU — Aerial Photographic Interpretation Unit–the very experts relied upon by Defense and State–and ultimately, Kennedy–to read what was transpiring on the ground.

Almost every moment of this 13-day crisis we were able to learn from these American army and airforce experts, who had become our friends, using fresh aerial photos of the Russian ships moored at Cuban docks, the silos that were camouflaged but discernible to the trained eye. Using sequenced fly-over photography we could piece together the dots, we could make out the long cylindrical shapes of the missiles, the trucks they were transported on and their eventual destination and installation site. Yes, they had gotten some of them installed before Kennedy set off the alarm heard around the world.

Importantly, John McCain was on one of those carriers or destroyers–in on the biggest Cold War crisis of the past fifty years but Obama wasn’t, he was only born August 4, 1961, one year earlier.

We Blockaded Cuba For 13 Days
I lived every moment of it as personnel from Mead were rushed aboard ships circling Cuba, sending back to us the actual photos, the proof of the horrific act of war Russia was putting us through–primarily because of Kennedy’s inexperience and assumed naivete–and we heard the war of words going on between the leaders of the two greatest nations of the earth as they stood on the brink of war.

Afterwards, leaders and those closest to the action said America and Russia came within a whisker of war. Before Kennedy stared Khrushchev in the eye and the Russian blinked, there were many who predicted a nuclear holocaust. We were fortunate to have come out of this crisis without starting World War III.

Obama’s Lack of Experience Is Dangerous
That’s the kind of thing Obama’s inexperience will thrust upon us if he is elected president. He can’t change that. It’s a reality. His words and assurances to the American public now cannot change his history, his political leanings and his reckless lack of judgment which he has displayed time and time again during his life and during this presidential campaign.

The US-Soviet agreement was that Khrushchev would dismantle his missiles and in return we would take down our missiles in Turkey and stop overflying and photographing Russian soil. Reference the U-2 incident, the shooting down of Captain Gary Powers, the Moscow trial of an American spy, and finally the exchange of spies between these two nations, freeing Powers. Exciting times! In 1961 I was there. With a group of Intourist visitors to Moscow, my shoes clicked hollow on the wood floors of this quaint white wooden gingerboard courthouse where Powers was tried and convicted.

Russian And US Astronauts Shoulder To Shoulder
Think of it–Russian and US astronauts side by side in space watching a movie, a DVD copy of “Thirteen Days,” the Kevin Costner film about the U.S.-Soviet showdown over nuclear-tipped missiles installed on Cuba in October of 1962,! What thoughts were going through their heads? The three- man shuttle Atlantis held two Russians and one American headed for the space station. Imagine the emotions and contrary feelings they must have felt.

The movie was one of several DVD titles provided by New Line Cinema, a unit of AOL Time Warner, for the viewing pleasure of American astronaut William Shepherd and his two cosmonaut crew mates — Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev who both spoke English.

Imagine the irony of U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts enjoying a movie together about the most dangerous moment of the Cold War.

“There’s something poetic about the fact that not so long ago we were toe to toe, and now we’re shoulder to shoulder,” said Joshua Ravetch, one of the New Line production resource specialists who helped arrange the DVD delivery.

Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev each worked 18 hours a day with weekends off to relax, exercise, read or watch movies, though looking out the window of the spacecraft was reported to be their favorite pastime, NASA spokesman James Hartsfield said.

He said watching movies in orbit was commonplace for astronauts visiting the Russian space station Mir starting in 1996, but the short duration and busy schedule of shuttle missions never allowed for such leisure time, he said. The earlier U.S. Skylab station was not equipped with a tape player.