Jewish voters balance religion and politics before election
By Lexi Sugar
Researching candidates ahead of time, locating the nearest polling place, applying for an absentee ballot: these are steps that many voters are taking ahead of midterm elections. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many will choose their candidates.
These midterm elections will select candidates for ...
Professor raises issue of structural inequality in Global Peace Conference speech
By Oyinkansola Awosika
The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace hosted Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, senior advisor to the president on indigenous affairs at First Nations House of Learning, during its global peace conference last Wednesday.
The Future of Humanity: The Challenge of Global Peace and Security Confere...
Scholars from around world discuss Jewish involvement in politics from 1492-1880
By Chidinma Onuoha
Academic scholars from all over the world attended The Practice of Jewish Politics conference at this university to share their ideas on Jewish involvement in politics on Sunday and Monday.
Jewish history professor Bernard D. Cooperman said when people think of Jewish politics, it’s in the ...
Sen. Chris Van Hollen visits UMD, talks partisan divide in American politics
By Chidinma Onuoha
At a time when growing domestic and foreign issues are continuing to divide America, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development hosted U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen for an analytical discussion about America’s current events Thursday.
Students, professors and friends of Van Hollen ...
SJP, JSU at odds over Israel Fest 2017
By Morgan Caplan
For the Mitzpeh
After Students for Justice in Palestine, amongst others, interrupted the Israel Fest events of 2016, the organization has already begun its counter movement to this year’s festival, seeking an end to certain Israel Fest activities.
Last Israel Fest, a group from SJP protested with signs and megapho...
Politics in class: “alternative facts” or necessary discussions?
By Jake Baum
For the Mitzpeh
In early February, in a segment about the “far left agenda” on college campuses, Bill O’Reilly claimed that “higher education is the biggest threat to Americans right now.” His guest on the show at the time, Lou Dobbs, went even further - saying that the greatest threat is the “left wing” in ...
Voters should be open to diverse religions in politics
By Jacqueline Hyman
When most Americans think of the president, they don’t immediately think of the politician’s religion. However, it has played into the elections, in which there has never been a Jewish commander-in-chief.
Many of the early presidents were some type of Protestant Christian, although ...
SGA voter turnout up from last year, but still disappointing
By Jacob Schaperow, editor-in-chief, @jschap1
I heard something worrisome during Student Government Association elections last week. I asked a friend of mine if he was voting in the SGA elections. “What’s SGA?” was not the response I was expecting. A campuswide student organization with as much influence as SGA should be a household ...
How the U.S. could be involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict
By Mojan Najmabadi
To say that the summer of 2014 has been a season of political unrest worldwide is an understatement. As Israeli forces invaded Gaza and the world witnessed the exchange of air strikes and rocket fire taking place, the American public found itself standing on the sidelines with quite a dilemma on its door steps.
In the ...