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  • Jews’ view of the pot initiative? Mixed

    October 27, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    Marijuana is everywhere. Smokers come from every walk of life — from the college student to the cancer patient, from the wealthy older couple to the heroin addict who started out just smoking weed.

    Jews care about this issue because Jews, like every other group, can be found...

  • Steinitz Says Sharon Move ‘Damaging’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Yuval Steinitz, one of the most influential Likud stalwarts in the Knesset, lashed out against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a just concluded visit to Southern California.

    Steinitz, who chairs the key Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well as intelligence and...

  • A Guilty Plea in AIPAC Case

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Pentagon analyst at the center of an investigation that has rocked the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will plead guilty.

    Edward Adams, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., announced last week that Lawrence Franklin had scheduled a guilty...

  • Community Briefs

    By Howard Blume

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Suit Seeks $51 Million in Israeli Immigrant's Slaying

    The family of an Israeli immigrant fatally wounded by Burbank police has filed a $51 million wrongful death suit against the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles. Assaf Deri, 25, died June 25, 2004, when Burbank undercover officers...

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  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

  • PETA Renews Fight on Ritual Slaughter

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has again attacked the AgriProcessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, over what it deems the cruel and inhumane method of ritual slaughter of cattle.

    The issue garnered much media attention in late...

  • Q & A With Al Pacino

    By Ivor Davis

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Godfather's" Michael Corleone has taken a crack at Shylock. Oscar-winner Al Pacino -- always a daring actor -- steps into the shoes of Shakespeare's notorious moneylender in the latest big-screen version of the Bard's classic, "The Merchant of Venice."

    Directed by Michael...

  • Garbage Mouth

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversy over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" first erupted, Jewish leaders like Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League angered Christians by coming out forcefully against the movie.

    William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and...

  • Our Cross to Bear?

    By Judy Gruen

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At first blush it seemed an odd thing for an observant Jew to do: Slogging my way through morning rush-hour traffic to get downtown to demonstrate against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision to remove a small cross from the county seal.

    And yet, I felt compelled to...

  • Insurance Claim Debate Heats Up

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two antagonists in a long-simmering dispute about the handling of life insurance claims stemming from the Holocaust era took off their gloves last week in a bitter exchange of letters.

    On one side stands Lawrence S. Eagleburger, chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust...

  • Court: JCC Parents Can Sue Gunmakers

    By Tom Tugend

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three families, whose children were shot by a white supremacist in an attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC), can pursue their lawsuit against the makers of the weapons used in the shooting spree.

    The May 28 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San...

  • Backlash Bolsters Sharon’s Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Likud Party vote earlier this month against Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan may have been a defining moment in Israeli politics -- but not in the way the ostensible winners, Likud hawks and the Israeli settler movement, had hoped.

    Paradoxically, the Likud's rejection of the...

  • A Reason to Wig Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Is your hair kosher?

    That was the question being debated at a fever pitch this week in ultra-Orthodox circles here following a ruling by an Israeli rabbi saying that wigs made from human hair coming from India could not be worn.

    Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv said that hair from India,...

  • Right Wing Girds to Block Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The earthquake in Israel that measured 5 on the Richter Scale last week is not the only ground shifting these days in the Jewish state.

    In the wake of the recent announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel soon could withdraw unilaterally from Jewish settlements...

  • Controversy Erupts in Shooting at Fence

    By Dan Baron

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Talk about trading places. Last month, Gil Na'amati finished his three-year stint of compulsory military service after serving in Israel's artillery corps and spending time operating in the West Bank. Now the 22-year-old kibbutznik is the poster boy for Palestinian grievances against...

  • Israel and Saddam Share Long History

    By Dina Kraft

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Spewing anti-Israel vitriol was one of Saddam Hussein's specialties. Of all the leaders in the Arab world, Saddam seemed to have the most to say against Israel, and he seemed to say it the most often.

    Now that he has been captured and faces possible trial, experts are asking...

  • A Voice of Democracy Where None Exists

    By Fakhr Ahmad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed believes in democracy as a way of life. He can be counted among the few Muslims in America who believe that modernism, free-thinking and education are keys to rid Muslims from the morass of extremism.

    Sayyed was the keynote speaker at a two-hour discussion on the...

  • British Writer Snubs Pro-Israel Letters

    By Richard Allen Greene

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A British newspaper columnist who admits that he ignores pro-Israel letters to the editor if the writer has a Jewish name will not be punished, the country's media watchdog has decided.

    Richard Ingrams, a columnist for the Observer newspaper, made the remark last month in a column...

  • Rockin’ Against Slavery

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rather than speaking out against slavery, local students are rocking out to show their support. "When our club heard that 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. for slavery each year, we felt we had to do something," said Rena Stern, the co-president of the Teen...

  • State Fund to Keep Israel Investments

    By Buzzy Gordon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation's largest public pension fund, has decided to keep Israel on its list of permissible foreign countries in which to invest, in spite of campaigns spearheaded by groups on several University of California...

  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • Holocaust Exploited

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An emaciated death camp survivor stares blankly alongside a gaunt steer. "During the seven years between 1938 and 1945, 12 million people perished in the Holocaust," the image declares. "The same number of animals is killed every 4 hours for food in the U.S. alone."

    The poster...

  • U.S. Opposes Court Reparations Rulings

    By David A. Lash

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice took a stand against the best interests of the most aged, infirm and vulnerable of Holocaust survivors.

    Seemingly without shame, the federal government filed briefs arguing that significant court victories for long-forgotten survivors...

  • Send Troops

    By Rob Eshman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the weather warmed this week, the yard signs protesting NO WAR pushed up like crocuses through lawns from Santa Monica to Hollywood.

    Not many, mind you -- but enough to signal that quite a few Americans are having second and third thoughts about a war against Saddam.

    Nobody likes...

  • U.S. Courts Israel to Not Join Iraq War

    By Leslie Susser

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Never have Israel and the United States had such close operational coordination on Iraq. As the anticipated American attack on Baghdad draws nearer, the U.S. military has been showing Israeli officials its detailed plans for preventing Iraqi missile attacks on Israel. But the reason...

  • Extra Israel Aid:  No Slam Dunk

    By James D. Besser

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they can't wait to prove their friendship for Israel. They'll get their chance when the new Congress convenes in January, but some may wish they could take a pass.

    The test will come when lawmakers take up a huge new aid request Israeli...

  • Anti-Semitism on Upswing in Greece

    By Jean Cohen

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Greece, according to a new report. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, said in its report that since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than...

  • Kenya Attacks Blur Lines of Terrorism

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya are not expected to divert the United States from a possible war with Iraq -- or change U.S. limits on Israel's response to Palestinian terror. One immediate effect of the Nov. 28 attacks, thought to be the work of Al Qaeda, may be a subtle...

  • ‘Crime’s’ Anti-Semitic Critics

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The American distributor of a Mexican film denounced by Catholic groups has been flooded with protest letters, many with an anti-Semitic tone.

    "The Crime of Father Amaro" is based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel, but the film is set in contemporary Mexico. Its protagonist is an...