Jewish Journal

Michael J. Jordan

  • Unearthing mass graves in Ukraine unveils history

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In May, Ukrainian workers laying a gas pipe in a southern village dug into a buried chamber of thousands of Jews killed during the Holocaust.

    That same month, a construction crew building a new office complex in western Ukraine burrowed into the corpses of several dozen more Jews....

  • Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry.

    Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    It was two years ago that Lapidus,...

  • Staff Loyalties Stir Concern Over Work

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There may be no greater test of the United Nations' vaunted neutrality than to be a Palestinian staffer of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip or West Bank.

    UNRWA has 12,000-plus employees in those areas -- where it's the second-largest employer after the...

  • A Question of Fairness

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Washington and the West weigh a cutoff of aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) could become a crucial lifeline to millions of Palestinian refugees who depend on it for vital services.

    However, the recent Palestinian...

  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • Refugee Chief Faces Toughest Test

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The honeymoon was sure to end sooner or later. Since Karen Koning AbuZayd took the reins nearly a year ago of the U.N. relief agency for Palestinian refugees, Israeli officials had praised her for steering clear of the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    However, the...

  • Tensions Rise Over U.N. Hamas Support

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington, D.C.

    So far some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell "to suspend...

  • Future Uncertain for Five Iranian Jews

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The release from prison of five Iranian Jews last week was due not to a change of heart by the regime in Tehran, but to a political calculation that Iran's international image needs burnishing, observers say. And clouding the relief of the Jews' relatives and advocates is concern...

  • Five Iranian Jews Remain Jailed

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Three Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel have been released, but the last five remain in jail, contrary to earlier reports.

    Sources close to the issue said Monday that Iranian authorities had granted the last five an indefinite furlough. On Wednesday, however,...

  • Hopes Dashed for Release of ‘Iran 8’

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Another Jewish New Year has come and gone, and eight Iranian Jewish prisoners remain locked up in Iran on charges they spied for Israel.

    Some observers had tracked rumors last week that the Islamic regime, with its membership in President Bush's "axis of evil," might be rethinking...

  • What a Year it Was

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two years ago, American Jewry buzzed with talk of Jewish continuity and renaissance, and fretted over intermarriage and assimilation.

    Last year -- already a year into the Palestinian intifada -- the community wondered whether solidarity visits, street rallies or good old-fashioned...

  • The Public Opinion War

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There's the diplomatic front, the PR war and the actual battlefield.

    Now the Middle East conflict is also playing out in the American street. For months, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups have demonstrated with some regularity in New York and other cities nationwide.

    The street...

  • ‘We Knew We Had to Come’

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was 90 minutes into the community's largest public mobilization in 15 years, and Jews from around the country continued to stream toward the U.S. Capitol, clamoring to get into the pro-Israel rally.

    Within the Jewish family out on the Capitol lawn -- organizers put the number at...

  • Hate Israel, Not Jews

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was on full display last year at the global anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, but the "demonization" of Israel has reached a fever pitch during the past month with the surging death toll in the Middle East, say Jewish observers.

    Even as Holocaust Remembrance Day is...

  • E.U., U.N. Want Their Say

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the Israeli siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters and Palestinian cities, the Arab world is again ratcheting up its campaign to "internationalize" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Jewish analysts see a concerted Arab effort to exhort the U.N. Security Council and European Union...

  • Bush Backed—Finally

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With the launch of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, American Jewish leaders are rallying behind Washington.

    At the same time, anxiety that Israel's interests may be shunted aside seems to be dissipating.

    In the weeks since Sept. 11, the administration appears to have acted upon the...

  • Families Cling to Hope

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Tale after tale of courage and heroism are emerging from the wreckage of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

    Take, for example, the story of Richard Allen Pearlman, who at the age of 18 was one of the tragedy's youngest heroes -- and victims.

    Richard was dropping off a...

  • Ideological Insults

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

  • Political Pot Boils Over

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On a cool and drizzly night in this Indian Ocean port city, a vast white tent standing in the middle of a cricket field seemed to fit in with the circus atmosphere of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, one Jewish observer said.

    This was no regular circus that had come to...

  • Sharon: Criminal or Victim?

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The accusation that Ariel Sharon is a war criminal -- back on the public agenda with two court cases in Belgium and a damning BBC documentary -- is the latest step in a campaign to discredit and delegitimize Israel, supporters of the Jewish state say.

    A quick Internet search reveals...

  • UJC Launches Campaign

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The umbrella of North American federations is set to unveil a multipronged, $4-million solidarity campaign titled "Israel NOW -- and Forever."

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) project -- which should receive final approval by late July -- combines various advocacy, education and...

  • Pope Blasted For Silence

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Western-educated Bashar Assad succeeded his father, Hafez Assad, as president of Syria last summer, Israeli officials hoped the changing of the guard from the Lion of Damascus to the Optometrist of Damascus would usher in a gentler approach toward Israel.

    Young Assad has...

  • New Route for Roots

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's virtually "genealogy for dummies."

    In a nation of immigrants where more than 35 percent of the population -- or 100 million Americans -- have at least one relative who passed through Ellis Island, officials at that historic entry point to New York have unveiled a new Web site...

  • Global Confusion

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In what may be another case of an e-mail rumor run amok, the Anti-Defamation League is laying to rest allegations that Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are selling globes nationwide that denote "Palestine" but not Israel.

    E-mails spreading the rumor are circulating throughout the Jewish...

  • Mounting Controversy

    December 28, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sovereignty over the Temple Mount is apparently so explosive to the Arab world that the question may have torpedoed the Camp David summit in July and helped spark the Palestinian violence of the past three months.

    Now it's becoming clear just how explosive it is for Jews as...

  • Mistaken Identity

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As if to underscore what some Jews believe is a media bias against Israel when portraying violence in the Middle East, The New York Times and other major dailies this week misidentified a Jewish victim as a Palestinian in one of their photos illustrating the bloodshed in Israel.