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  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    4 days ago

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • A chance for empathy and compassion

    2 weeks ago

    I arrived in Israel on June 30.  Just a week later, life was turned upside down as we searched for answers and for hope.

    After concluding a week of vacation in Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, I joined a mission with 19 rabbis sponsored by the AIPAC...

  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • UCLA student judicial board defeats SJP complaint, rules that sponsored Israel trips do not constitute conflict

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    UCLA’s undergraduate judicial board — the student government’s equivalent of the Supreme Court — ruled Wednesday in a 4-0 vote that student government officers may take sponsored trips to Israel without it constituting a conflict of interest. Two of the judges abstained.

    The...

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  • UCLA pro-Palestine groups gain ground with pledge signings

    By Jared Sichel

    May 14, 2014 | 10:38 am

    The pro-Palestine campus movement flexed its muscles again last week as 18 of 30 candidates for positions in UCLA’s student government signed a pledge to not take trips to Israel that are sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League...

  • Jewish Dems blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ remark

    April 29, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Jewish Democrats called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to apologize for warning that the failure to achieve a two-state solution could lead to apartheid.

    “We express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of ‘apartheid’ in...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

  • Michele Bachmann: Jewish groups sold out Israel for Obama

    March 7, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said American Jewish organizations are selling out on Israel in favor of the Obama administration.

    Bachmann made the accusation this week during a telephone interview with Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and host of the...

  • At AIPAC, Scarlett fever

    March 5, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Scarlett Johansson, fresh out of her SodaStream battles, declined to attend this year’s annual American Israel Political Affairs Committee policy conference. She’s in Paris, picking up an honorary Celeste award and promoting her latest releases, the New York Times reported.

    She...

  • AIPAC policy conference: Once more, with feeling

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    What does a pro-Israel lobbying group do at its annual policy conference when it knows with a high degree of certainty that its chief policy priority isn’t likely to go anywhere on Capitol Hill?

    The same things it does every other year.

    There was no perceptible lack of...

  • After bruising Iran sanctions battle, AIPAC conference is all about comity

    March 4, 2014 | 11:40 am

    You’ve got your rousing church choir, your multi-denominational trio of rabbis quoting Torah, your montages of Israelis and Palestinians coming together and, above all, your pleas to please, please, please be nice to one another.

    Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Jew,...

  • Netanyahu wants ‘durable peace’ with Palestinians soon

    March 4, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

    Netanyahu in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel...

  • Kerry on Iran: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’

    March 3, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States would not make a deal with Iran that allows it to develop nuclear weapons.

    “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Kerry said Monday evening, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy...

  • AIPAC vs. Oscars

    February 28, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Anti-Semites say that Jews control Hollywood. And they say that Jews control Washington. But can we control both at once?

    The biggest event in pro-Israel Israel advocacy — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — kicks off this Sunday, the same...

  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

    ...
  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

    ...
  • Kerry, Lew to address AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak at the annual AIPAC conference.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee confirmed the administration speakers but did not give the dates of their speeches at next week’s event.

    ...
  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, AIPAC, BDS and more

    February 12, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    The Holocaust Abroad

    Thank you for your excellent cover and feature story on North Korea (Holocaust in the Hermit Kingdom,” Jan. 24.)  The following week was our annual student-led retreat at AJRCA.  We were so moved by the story that, in memory of International Holocaust...

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

  • What does it mean to be a pro-Israel politician?

    February 5, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    As we head into this critical election year, it’s worth pausing for a moment as we begin to assess the candidates to ask ourselves a fundamental question: what makes a politician pro-Israel?

    Too many candidates are happy to play the game the way they think we want them to play...

  • Why I love AIPAC

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2014 | 11:45 am

    It’s one of the odd quirks of history that Israel’s No. 1 diplomatic enemy — the United Nations — is located not far from Israel’s best friend, the United States Congress. These two bodies are arguably the most influential political entities in the world.

    This has the...

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Florida federations push Nelson on Iran sanctions

    January 3, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Four Jewish federations in south Florida urged Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to sign on to legislation opposed by the Obama administration that would enhance Iran sanctions.

    The Dec. 30 letter was sent amid a renewed post-holiday push by some pro-Israel groups to pass the...

  • Pro-Israel groups backing away from confrontation with Obama over Iran

    December 6, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    When it comes to the deal between Iran and major powers, Israel and the pro-Israel community are retreating from a strategy of confrontation and working instead to influence the contours of a final agreement.

    In a conference call last week, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public...

  • ZOA: Iran deal is Munich, Obama is Chamberlain

    November 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Never an organization to mince words in its criticism of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, the right-wing Zionist Organization of America blasted the interim Iran deal in the strongest terms:

    The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has described the...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • AIPAC calls for intensification of sanctions if Iranian nuclear program continues

    October 8, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    AIPAC joined Israel’s government and some congressional leaders in calling on the Obama administration to intensify sanctions should Iran continue its uranium enrichment during negotiations.

    “To avoid any misunderstanding in Tehran, America must clearly signal that it will...

  • Freshman congressmen call on Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    October 8, 2013 | 9:47 am

    A bipartisan group of freshmen congressmen called on the Obama administration to use all the sanctions passed by the House of Representatives against Iran to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    Many of the 78 legislators who signed the Oct. 4 letter returned recently...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • AIPAC makes push on Syria

    September 11, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people.

    Some suggested that once again, the...

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