Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, January-February

Dawkins versus Religion; Judaism Included
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. 2006, Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, x + 406 pages. Richard Dawkins feels that we are too polite to religion. Indeed, we may even go beyond politeness when we respect the feelings of Muslims who were...
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Discussing BBC's Anti-Israel Bias
Jewish and Arab Refugees: A Case Study in BBC Bias One by one, British trade unions have been passing resolutions calling for various types of boycott of the Jewish state. First there was the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National...
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Report from Israel: A Doleful Dispatch
The hardest part of my aliyah? Right now. I can't stand the news; I can't stand the government. Always before, we were happy--we were building a country. We felt so good about what we were doing. Now? Well, it's not that way anymore.--Naomi Kubitsky,...
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The Refugees and the Middle East
Peace between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be reached unless the refugee problem is solved. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has declared that his conditions for peace will not differ from those of Yasir Arafat, and that he will demand the return of...
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Three Days That Changed the Middle East Sadat's Visit Reconsidered
"The man is a joke," was the almost universal evaluation of Anwar Sadat, when the presidency of Egypt was thrust upon him after the legendary Nasser died unexpectedly in September 1970. For years, he found it very difficult to convince his close associates,...
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To Publish or Not to Publish?
Most of Midstream's readers are passionate on issues concerning Israel, and they should be as devoted readers of an American Jewish Zionist journal like ours. And when they disagree with a writer's point of view appearing in our pages, they often let...
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Was Bambi Jewish?
Most people are familiar with the Disney movie of the story of Bambi, but few realize that the original book was probably written as an allegory about the situation of the Jews in Europe between the world wars. First, a few quick facts about the...
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Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?
In 1656, Bento de Spinoza was twenty-three years old. He was the middle son in a prominent family of moderate means in Amsterdam s Sephardic community. As a boy, he had undoubtedly been one of the star pupils in the congregation's Talmud Torah school....
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Witless in Gaza: The BBC, Fox News, and the Western Press
When Hamas purged the Gaza Strip of its Fatah rivals in June's "five-day war, Western news media seemed virtually unaware of the meticulous planning behind the violence. Coverage of the abduction of British Broadcasting Corporation's Gaza correspondent...
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Ze'ev Jabotinsky: Wild Man of Zion
Almost seventy years after his death, the stormy petrel of Zionism and one of the most flamboyant personalities in modern Jewish history remains a controversial figure on which Jewish historians take up remarkably opposing positions. His followers...
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