Eli Kintisch

Eli Kintisch is former Washington correspondent for the Forward.

Recent Articles

Nascent Nonviolence

W ould someone please give this message to American Jews: We're seeing glimpses of a Palestinian partner these days. Don't screw it up. Reassessment and nonviolence are in the air in the occupied territories. Recent protests in Nablus, Ramallah and Tulkarm have been largely peaceful -- whole cities openly disobeying curfews with candlelight vigils, pot banging and nighttime parades. A spate of surveys in the last month in the occupied territories, as well as Israel proper, have shown a surprising openness among Arabs toward embracing nonviolent means of resistance. And a number of influential mainstream leaders have criticized violence in the last month, opening an honest dialogue within Palestinian society about the state of the intifada, two years on. There can be no doubt that, ironically enough, this opening is at least partially the result of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's strategy. By refusing to negotiate while violence raged, he has gambled that he could force the...

The Crossover Candidate

M inutes before the candidates' forum began on a sweltering day at the South DeKalb Mall, incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) was just "Cynthia" to her beloved DeKalb County voters, kissing elderly ladies and hamming it up for the cameras. "Ding a ling! Ding a ling!" she shouted, announcing the free ice cream for kids. Then her challenger, Denise Majette, arrived, and the pair faced the audience, McKinney alongside Augusta's own Vernon Forrest, the World Boxing Council welterweight champion. McKinney seemed to own the crowd, but three days later Majette, a relatively unknown black judge, beat the five-term incumbent by 16 points -- with help from tens of thousands of Republicans. One of the most outspoken black left-liberals in the U.S. House of Representatives, McKinney had dominated in five straight elections, surviving a redistricting that had put her in a seat with only a slim black majority. Nevertheless, she had gone on to win the seat handily. Now, however, her...

Press Wars?

S ix thousand miles from the daily bloodshed in the Middle East, a small community of Jewish, Arab and Muslim journalists have an almost luxurious freedom in Washington. We rub elbows at hearings on the Hill with one another, share notes at luncheon speeches and chat outside dueling press briefings. I'm a reporter for the Forward , a Jewish paper, and I have access to roughly the same daily spread of material as the Arab reporters I know. That openness is once crucial aspect of an open, democratic society: When a person takes a public stand -- or has the guts to say something controversial -- everyone is listening and the speaker must accept the consequences. When the Saudi ambassador to London spoke out last summer against Arab states "ruling out the option of war" against Israel, the world heard. When, in April, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay called the occupied territories "Judea and Samaria" before the America Israel Public Affairs Committee convention -- and then bragged to...