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Good for the Jews

I'm publishing this David Brooks excerpt for my grandfather:

Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world’s chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.

Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.

My sense is they're also well-represented in the ranks of professional bloggers.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
 
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This country is better because of that 2 percent.

Posted by: markhengel | January 13, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Professional athletes, not so much.

Posted by: mslavick | January 13, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

And yet what D.C. blogger was too busy to come to 6th & I last night?

Posted by: juliarmoss | January 13, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

You are a fair weather Jew. You bask in their accomplishments, enjoying the reflected rays of their glory. But those who remember your former column will remember the venom of your attacks on the Jewish state, your claims that they are the moral dregs of the earth, and so on. The Wash. Post obviously does not tolerate that degree of anti Israel sentiment. It was pathological.

Posted by: truck1 | January 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

" But those who remember your former column will remember the venom of your attacks on the Jewish state, your claims that they are the moral dregs of the earth, and so on."


sadly, there are too many highly visible jewish people in positions of power and leadership who are acting like the moral dregs of the earth lately. it is a great concern.
and if you are referring to ezra's comments on israeli leadership during the gaza invasion, his comments were exactly right.
those who suffer at the hands of others, must be the last to turn a blind eye to the sufferings of others....from health care, to finance, to global warming, to gaza.

Posted by: jkaren | January 13, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

And what proportion of these are men...?

Posted by: eirinn22 | January 13, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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