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August 31, 2001 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The tenacious Arab effort to bring Zionism into the U.N. conference on racism has galvanized American Jews to respond with vocal protests and pro-Israel rallies. Leaders from across the Jewish spectrum have lambasted the Zionism-is-racism campaign as anti-Semitic, denouncing it as an effort to "hijack" the international conference that begins today in Durban, South Africa. Zionism is the century-old nationalist movement that advocates the return of Jews to the biblical land of Israel.
NEWS
March 14, 2004 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
What's anti-Semitism? By most definitions, it involves hostility toward Jews. But an edition of Merriam-Webster's dictionary reprinted in 2002 has angered Arab Americans by linking anti-Semitism to Zionism and Israel. The Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, defines anti-Semitism as: "1: hostility toward Jews as a religious or racial minority group often accompanied by social, economic, and political discrimination - compare RACISM. "2: opposition to Zionism: sympathy with opponents of the state of Israel.
NEWS
June 20, 2008
LETTER-writer Georgia B. Makiver says, "Trinity United Church is a Marxist-based, anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-white, anti-Zionism establishment. " They are not anti-American. What they are is anti-American imperialism and against corrupt American foreign policy. To say that they are anti-capitalist is a misnomer. They are simply against the status quo and tired of seeing the rich get richer at the expense of the poor and middle class. They are not "anti-white" but are anti-white supremacy.
NEWS
August 31, 2001 | By Trudy Rubin
I wish Colin Powell were going to the U.N. Conference on Racism in South Africa. The United States needs him there this weekend. The conferees need him. Powell himself reportedly wants to be there. But the Bush administration, whose theme song seems to be "If We Don't Like It, We Won't Play," is keeping him home. The reason: The administration dislikes the draft language of the conference resolutions. They are right: The language stinks. It resurrects the canard that "Zionism is racism" and specifically names only one country - Israel - in hundreds of paragraphs decrying the global evils of racism.
NEWS
August 9, 2001
A few years ago, readers described to us conversations they'd had about race with a person of another race. Some experienced mistrust, denial, stereotypes, blame. Some talks were dominated by personal or political agendas, others by fear and anger. But there were also pleasant surprises - connections made, goals and interests shared, misconceptions challenged. All of that went on in a few one-on-one conversations. Now imagine adding 6 billion people to the mix, and asking their representatives to translate all the world's expertise and experience on race into a global action plan for ending racism.
NEWS
September 24, 1991 | By Charles Green, Inquirer Washington Bureau
President Bush urged the United Nations yesterday to repeal a 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism. Administration officials said later that it appeared there was enough support in the United Nations to overturn the resolution, long a sore point with Israel. Bush's move was part of an effort to challenge the status quo in the Middle East and to display to Arabs and Jews that the United States is intent on playing an aggressive and even-handed role in easing historic antagonisms.
NEWS
September 7, 2001
Zionism, reparations and the U.N. meeting I endorse the U.S. position in protesting the efforts to equate Zionism with racism (Editorial, Sept. 5). However, President Bush's decision to keep Colin Powell from attending the international conference on racism was not justified. There is no doubt that Powell would have gone if it were up to him. The remarks he made at the Republican National Convention confirm his strong feelings regarding racial equality. He is compelled, however, to take his marching orders from the administration.
NEWS
March 3, 2013 | By Anne Gearan, Washington Post
ANKARA, Turkey - Secretary of State John Kerry scolded Turkey's leader Friday for likening Zionism to a "crime against humanity," saying such remarks complicate efforts to forge Mideast peace. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comment widened his country's rift with Israel, with which the moderate Muslim-majority nation once had cordial relations. It also forced Kerry to publicly chastise an important ally straddling the Middle East and Europe. "Obviously, we not only disagree," Kerry told reporters, "we found it objectionable.
NEWS
May 16, 1991 | By Eileen Kenna, Special to The Inquirer
While photocopying some materials for a lecture on his book, Jews Against Zionism, Thomas A. Kolsky asked a colleague he didn't know very well whether she would be coming to the lecture. "You're an Arab, aren't you?" the woman replied. "You wrote that book against the Jews, right?" Kolsky, who is Jewish and a professor at Montgomery County Community College, said the woman's reaction is typical of many he has encountered since his book was published last October by Temple University Press.
NEWS
March 24, 1991 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph H. Stalbaum, 76, who for three decades was chief executive officer of a Center City travel agency and was active in area community groups, died Friday at Hollywood Memorial Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Stalbaum left Bartlett Tours when his family sold the business in 1986. He had spent the last few winters in Florida. In World War II, Mr. Stalbaum served in a battalion in Europe that liberated Nazi concentration camps. He was active for years in the Max Slepin Post of the American Legion.
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NEWS
March 3, 2013 | By Anne Gearan, Washington Post
ANKARA, Turkey - Secretary of State John Kerry scolded Turkey's leader Friday for likening Zionism to a "crime against humanity," saying such remarks complicate efforts to forge Mideast peace. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comment widened his country's rift with Israel, with which the moderate Muslim-majority nation once had cordial relations. It also forced Kerry to publicly chastise an important ally straddling the Middle East and Europe. "Obviously, we not only disagree," Kerry told reporters, "we found it objectionable.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2010
The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic By Michael Scammell Random House. 720 pp. $35. Reviewed by Chris Hedges This exhaustive and engaging biography chronicles a life that had the fortune, and sometimes misfortune, to intersect with many of the seismic events and major intellectuals of the 20th century. As a boy, Arthur Koestler stood in a square in 1918 in his native Budapest to witness the birth of the short-lived Hungarian Republic after 200 years under the Habsburgs and its overthrow by a communist dictatorship that, in turn, collapsed a year later.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009 | By Victoria Donohoe FOR THE INQUIRER
Temple Judea Museum has outdone itself with its latest exhibit, "Tel Aviv: A Love Story at 100. " There are hundreds of things to see, the result of a special trip abroad to gather research material and historic photos. Such abundance might prompt you to plan two visits - just to look closely without rushing. Tel Aviv is the first Jewish city, founded on sand dunes in 1909. For most Israelis, it's the heart of their nation, very big, the ultramodern embodiment of Zionism's urban vision of a new Jewish city on the sea. Presentations of various facets of life in this thriving metropolis engage in a kind of interplay in this show, giving our understanding of Tel Aviv a new dimension.
NEWS
June 20, 2008
LETTER-writer Georgia B. Makiver says, "Trinity United Church is a Marxist-based, anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-white, anti-Zionism establishment. " They are not anti-American. What they are is anti-American imperialism and against corrupt American foreign policy. To say that they are anti-capitalist is a misnomer. They are simply against the status quo and tired of seeing the rich get richer at the expense of the poor and middle class. They are not "anti-white" but are anti-white supremacy.
NEWS
August 8, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paula Yakira "Pepi" Bloom, 79, of Center City, a social worker, educator and supporter of Labor Zionism, died July 25 of lung cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in the Bronx, at 16 she joined Habonim, a secular Zionist youth group. "My mom knew from her earliest days that she must never cross a picket line," said daughter Margo Bloom. "She grew up speaking Yiddish. She believed secular Jewish beliefs could change the world. " She earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from Hunter College School of Social Work of the City University of New York.
NEWS
March 14, 2004 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
What's anti-Semitism? By most definitions, it involves hostility toward Jews. But an edition of Merriam-Webster's dictionary reprinted in 2002 has angered Arab Americans by linking anti-Semitism to Zionism and Israel. The Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, defines anti-Semitism as: "1: hostility toward Jews as a religious or racial minority group often accompanied by social, economic, and political discrimination - compare RACISM. "2: opposition to Zionism: sympathy with opponents of the state of Israel.
NEWS
January 25, 2002
Violence and reprisals in the Middle East I am tired of reading about the plight of the "poor" Arabs in the refugee camps ("At Gaza's grimmest camp, bulldozers make it worse," Jan. 19). Israel is 100 percent correct in its actions. Collective punishment is absolutely justifiable. Arab society hides terrorists who commit unconscionable acts against innocent civilians. It teaches its schoolchildren the glory of martyrdom and the virtues of being suicide bombers (contrary to that useless piece of paper known as the Oslo agreement)
NEWS
August 31, 2001 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The tenacious Arab effort to bring Zionism into the U.N. conference on racism has galvanized American Jews to respond with vocal protests and pro-Israel rallies. Leaders from across the Jewish spectrum have lambasted the Zionism-is-racism campaign as anti-Semitic, denouncing it as an effort to "hijack" the international conference that begins today in Durban, South Africa. Zionism is the century-old nationalist movement that advocates the return of Jews to the biblical land of Israel.
NEWS
August 31, 2001 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An American delegation arrived yesterday at the last minute for the opening of a U.N. conference on racism, which begins today amid angry confrontations, including a miniature outbreak of the Middle East crisis. A midlevel team of U.S. diplomats, headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Southwick, landed in Durban last night and was expected to keep a low profile at the conference, working behind the scenes to tone down draft language that singles out Israel's treatment of Palestinians as racist.
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