This week: Richard Kreitner reviews James Traub’s new biography of the Jewish Confederate leader Judah P. Benjamin. Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart argues that AIPAC has refused to acknowledge that Iran is a regional power in the Middle East. And the latest episode of our staff podcast, On the Nose, addresses the complex Jewish and Latinx resonances of West Side Story.
Plus, from the newsletter, Development Director Dana Bassett interviews the curator of a new exhibit on the forgotten artist Maryan S. Maryan, who survived the Holocaust. And Senior Reporter Alex Kane reports on the lack of accountability for the Israeli soldiers responsible for the death of a 78-year-old Palestinian American.