The Boiling Point

COLUMN: At a crossroads, a (scary) time of possibility

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

June 6, 2011

At this time, the United States recognizes 194 independent countries. Very soon, that number may grow by at least one: an autonomous state of Palestine. Early this month, BBC News reported that the first-ever Palestinian bonds have been sold (, raising $70 million which will go toward building a tourism center in the West Bank and a new power plant. "The...

OPINION: The bitter truth behind chocolate’s sweetness

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

May 20, 2011

I’m a big fan of chocolate in all of its many forms, from hot chocolate to ice cream. But there is a darker side of chocolate, one that most people don’t consider when they’re enjoying this delicious treat. Ten years ago, a pair of reporters for the Knight-Ridder media chain went into west Africa to explore the origins of America’s chocolate – specifically, the...

COLUMN: What was Goldstone thinking?

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

April 18, 2011

Richard Goldstone is retracting the Goldstone report. Partially. When the report was issued last year in response to the Israeli military action dubbed “Operation Cast Lead,” I never thought that the same man who argued that the Israeli soldiers involved were guilty of war crimes would ever denounce his own report. This is nothing against Richard Goldstone, mind you....

Lost your appetite? Try the Fair Trade diet

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

March 11, 2011

It’s probably a safe bet to say that almost no chocolate consumers have any idea about the origin of their chocolate. But right here, at Shalhevet, we are selling the products of slave labor in the Student Store and vending machines. I ran every product at Shalhevet that contains cocoa through the Fair Trade website to see what products are and are not certified as being...

How Time Magazine doesn’t care about journalism

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

October 31, 2010

“In the week that three Presidents, a King and their own Prime Minister gather at the White House to begin a fresh round of talks on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the truth is, Israelis are no longer preoccupied with the matter,” writes Karl Vick, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. The story that goes with that statement (,...

COLUMN: Where childhood martyrdom is ‘in,’ critical thinking is ‘out’

August 30, 2010

A Jenny for your thoughts: In Palestinian YouTube video, childhood has no room for children “When we die as martyrs, we will go to heaven...” ...