Sundown: Bronx Bomb Plotters Convicted
Plus the real problem with J Street, and more
• The four men accused of planning to plant bombs at Bronx synagogues were convicted. [NYT]
• Walter Russell Mead argues the problem with J Street isn’t whose money it took but its flawed view of who controls what happens in Israel. [American Interest]
• Nearly all American Jews believe a future Palestinian state should be required to recognize Israel’s Jewishness, according to the new AJC poll. [Rosner’s Domain]
• Christopher Hitchens traces and bemoans Hezbollah’s rise to prime player in contemporary Lebanese politics and life. [Slate]
• The kippah you bought in Jerusalem may have been made by West Bank Palestinians. [BBC/Vos Iz Neias?
• 91-year-old folk legend Pete Seeger has ignored calls to boycott an upcoming event for the Arava Institute, an Israeli environmentalist organization. [JTA]
• Tony Kushner, public intellectual. [NY Mag]
Last night, Lesley Stahl reported on the politically charged archaeological site at Silwan, an Arab neighborhood near Jerusalem.
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