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  • Alternate perceptions and #TheDress

    1 week ago

    At the end of February, I encountered #TheDress, the week’s highest trending hashtag on Twitter. I saw #WhiteandGold, wondering whether those who saw #BlueandBlack were in on a worldwide prank. Like many, I simply could not fathom how others could see otherwise. 

    The...

  • A memorable march

    2 weeks ago

    Some 70 years ago, my now-89-year-old grandfather, Andrew Gardner, marched.  He marched, by force, in death marches, alongside so many who eventually perished at the hands of the Nazis.  This week, my grandfather marched through the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center...

  • IAC goes to Washington ...  and plans to stay

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., it was difficult for two of IAC’s co-founders, Shawn Evenhaim and Adam Milstein, to...

  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    March 3, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference.

    I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich...

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  • Bibi’s speech to Congress: Watch out for the details

    By David Suissa

    March 2, 2015 | 6:17 pm

    Don’t let anyone tell you that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday is not important, or, as President Barack Obama put it on Monday, a “distraction.” It’s hardly that. It’s more like a piece of history.

    First, as the hour approaches, we’re...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 6:03 pm

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Obama, Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

    March 2, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of Bibi’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.

    Even as the two leaders...

  • Day 2 at AIPAC: Bibi’s pre-Congress speech, crowd welcomes Obama officials, and (less) anxiety about Speechgate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    This story has been updated: Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice


     

    As nervous anticipation filled the halls Monday morning at the AIPAC policy conference in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress, there was one...

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s full speech to AIPAC

    March 2, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Thank you. Wow, 16,000 people. Anyone here from California? Florida? New York? Well, these are the easy ones. 

    How about Colorado? Indiana? I think I got it. Montana? Texas? You're here in record numbers. 

    You're here from coast to coast, from every part of this great land....

  • AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from speechgate

    March 2, 2015 | 10:59 am

    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress.

    Speaking to attendees Sunday at the launch of the largest-ever annual conference of the American Israel Public...

  • Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 2, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

    ...
  • Netanyahu says U.S.-Israel relationship ‘stronger than ever’

    March 2, 2015 | 7:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the alliance between his country and the United States is "stronger than ever" and will continue to improve.

    Netanyahu, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, said reports that the relationship between the two countries was fraying were "not only premature, they're just wrong."

  • U.S. ambassador to UN says U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics

    March 2, 2015 | 7:36 am

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the main U.S. pro-Israeli lobbying group AIPAC on Monday that the U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics "and it always will."

    Ambassador Samantha Power addressed the group shortly before a speech by Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House and anxious about Bibigate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 1, 2015 | 9:28 pm

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • AIPAC emphasizes Iran talks at record-breaking conference

    March 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    AIPAC launched its largest-ever conference with a focus on the Iran nuclear talks.

    The legislative focus of the conference, which started Sunday with a record-breaking 16,000 activists in attendance, is two bills that seek increased congressional involvement in the nuclear talks...

  • Obama should send high-level rep to AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2015 | 11:59 am

     The Obama administration reportedly will not be sending a senior representative to address next week’s annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Snubbing AIPAC will help lock in the caricature of a president who dislikes Israel and disrespects the...

  • Bibi: Call off the play

    By Rob Eshman

    February 4, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    Liberal Democrats are the soft underbelly of American support for Israel, and John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu just gave them a swift kick.

    When the Republican speaker of the house went around President Barack Obama to issue an invitation to the prime minister of Israel to...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    November 21, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Moving and shaking: Tour de Summer Camps, Woman to Woman Conference and more

    By Ryan Torok

    October 1, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    The moon was still visible at 5 a.m. on Sept. 21 as cyclists registered at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ second annual Tour de Summer Camps.

    More than 450 cyclists participated in the event, including Jay Sanderson, Federation...

  • Jewish groups as one backing congressional letter on anti-Semitism

    September 8, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism has wall-to-wall Jewish organizational support.

    In a letter to colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking co-sponsorship of the...

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    August 15, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    July 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    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

    July 16, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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