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Richard Silverstein
Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.


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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) swearing in Keith Ellison (right) with Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an. Photo by Michaela McNichol, Library of Congress, Wikipedia Commons.

Who’s Afraid Of Keith Ellison? The Israel Lobby – OpEd

21 Nov 2016 in 1 , Opinion

While Keith Ellison is odds on favorite to win the race as the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, we’ve only just begun to hear from the Israel Lobby on the subject.  You might…


Leonard Cohen. Photo by Rama, Wikipedia Commons.

Leonard Cohen Dies, But He Lives – OpEd

12 Nov 2016 in 1 , Entertainment , Opinion

It’s been a horrible week.  No question about it.  Leonard Cohen has died at age 82.  Words cannot express the feelings of gratitude I have for his life and his achievement.  From his first album…


Egypt's Mohamed Morsi. Photo by Wilson Dias/ABr, Wikipedia Commons.

Egyptian Intelligence Forges Mossad Memo Smearing Morsi, Then Sentences Him To 20 Years – OpEd

24 Oct 2016 in 1 , Opinion

I reported that an Egyptian newspaper had published a forged Mossad memo claiming one of its agents had met with Mohammed Morsi the day before he became Egypt’s president.  I also reported my suspicions that an…


East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Yom Kippur: Losing My Religion – OpEd

14 Oct 2016 in 1 , Opinion , Religion

No, I’m not abandoning Judaism or my Jewish identity.  But in the spirit of Michael Stipe’s seminal REM song of the same title, I thought a provocative statement would dramatize my ambivalent feelings about key…


The Israeli gate near Mas'ha. Picture taken by Justin McIntosh, Wikipedia Commons.

UN Report Confirms Staggering Cost Of Occupation To Palestinian Economy – OpEd

13 Sep 2016 in 1 , Opinion

The UN Conference on Trade and Development has issued a detailed report (full report here) on the Palestinian economy, which offers the chilling estimate that without Israeli Occupation it would be double its current size….


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