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  • U.S. senators ask Cuban president to release Gross

    September 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked Cuban President Raul Castro to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), 44 senators in a letter to Castro called Gross’ imprisonment a “major obstacle” to bilateral relations.

    ...
  • Hamas top official: Kill every last Jew and American [VIDEO]

    August 24, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A senior Hamas official said in a televised sermon that he wished for the annihilation of every single Jew and American.

    The sermon by Sheik Ahmad Bahr, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was broadcast earlier this month on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV.

    “Oh, Allah,...

  • Health care for all: It’s an American — and a Jewish — imperative

    July 5, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    From antiquity to the 20th century, preventive medicine was not bad. The Torah (Leviticus 12-13) already knows about quarantine as a method to contain communicative diseases, and the Talmud knows about such things as the importance of fruits and vegetables in one’s diet, the...

  • Yitzhak Shamir remembered

    July 2, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

    It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    “He...

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  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

  • Top U.S. think tank warns against Israeli, American strike on Iran

    May 15, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    The RAND Corporation, a think tank which advises the Pentagon, warned on Tuesday against an Israeli or American attack on Iran’s nuclear reactors, and recommended the Obama administration try to “quietly influence the internal Israeli discussion over the use of military force.”

    In...

  • The myth of the Iranian-American Jew

    April 4, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    This one’s for our children — the teens and 20-somethings who were born in this country or who’ve lived here most of their life, who have no memory of Iran except what’s been passed on to them or what they’ve constructed with their imagination. The kids who speak Persian...

  • In survey of American Jews, questions for right and left

    April 3, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Mark Twain famously distrusted statistics. This was due to their malleability. Ask the question the right way, and you can claim a mandate for anything.

    In contemporary society, statistics are often used to provide “unbiased evidence” for our pre-existing viewpoints. This is not to...

  • News flash!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2012 | 11:03 am

    News flash! This was a news flesh a year ago!

    When I have days off, I enjoy watching the Ellen DeGeneres show. An hour of tons of fun and zero worries. Several weeks ago I had a day off, so I turned on the T.V. for some DeGeneres time. It was one of the 12 Days of giveaway shows in...

  • Azerbaijan denies report it gave Israel access to airfields

    March 29, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Azerbaijan officials denied a claim in an American magazine that Israel was granted access to airbases in Azerbaijan.

    Foreign Policy Magazine reported Wednesday that Israel was granted access to the airbases in the Caucasus nation, raising the fears of U.S. officials that it is...

  • American activist’s parents ask Israeli Supreme Court to reopen case

    March 13, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    The parents of American activist Tristan Anderson, who was injured during a West Bank protest, have asked Israel’s Supreme Court to reopen the case against Israeli border police.

    Anderson’s parents on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to reopen the case, saying that not all of the...

  • City redistricting plan has potential to affect Asian-Americans

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 22, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    I was too young to see Hank Greenberg play. That was my father’s generation. But growing up in New Jersey, I well remember the day when Sandy Koufax, playing for the Dodgers, announced his electrifying decision to sit out a 1965 World Series game on Yom Kippur.  Koufax’s action...

  • Nearly 3 of every 4 Americans view Israel favorably, poll finds

    February 22, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Israel is the eighth most-favored country by Americans, a Gallup poll found.

    Some 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a three-point increase over last year’s results, according to the poll conducted Feb. 2-5.

    Israel’s highest favorability rating in this survey was...

  • Opinion: Silence on Israel loses the next generation

    January 4, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    American Jewish organizations have, over the last decades, struck a Faustian bargain regarding Israel. In return for the façade of unity and to avoid controversy, we have organizationally either stayed silent about Israel or addressed it in only the most idyllic strokes. As a result...

  • Al Qaeda’s Zawahri says group kidnapped American in Pakistan

    December 1, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an American man in Pakistan and demanded the release of prisoners and an end to air strikes in Muslim countries in exchange for his freedom, according to the SITE online monitoring service.

    SITE said the announcement was made...

  • Palestinian attackers get life in American’s murder

    November 25, 2011 | 12:24 am

    Two Palestinians were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American hiker stabbed to death near Jerusalem.

    Kristine Luken and her hiking partner Susan Kaye Wilson were attacked Dec. 18, 2010 while hiking at Khirbet Hanut, an archaeological site near the Israeli city of...

  • US claims to have stopped Iranian terror plot on American soil

    October 11, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    U.S. officials say they frustrated an Iranian plot to use a weapon of mass destruction on American soil.

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday outlined charges filed in New York City against two men—an Iranian American and an Iranian. The Iranian American is in custody, while the...

  • Egypt extends detention of American-Israeli Ilan Grapel

    September 14, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Egypt reportedly has extended by 45 more days its detention of Ilan Grapel, the dual U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt on spying charges.

    The remand of Grapel, 27, who was arrested in June on suspicion of being a member of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, was reported Wednesday by...

  • Poll: American Jews and Muslims share common values

    August 2, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    Muslim and Jewish Americans share common values on key questions, according to a Gallup poll.

    The poll, released Tuesday, found that the Muslim Americans exceeded Jewish belief in religious pluralism and in the fairness of elections, and also in support of a two-state solution to...

  • ADL to Jerusalem-born Yanks: We Want You

    July 28, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is seeking Americans born in Jerusalem to back a Supreme Court challenge to the U.S. policy preventing such citizens from listing Israel as their country of birth.

    “Americans born in Jerusalem, or American parents of minors born in Jerusalem, are invited...

  • My 4th of July Dinner Date

    By Ilana Angel

    July 4, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    I spent most of my weekend at home.  I cleaned, read, and spent time missing my son.  I decided to allow myself the weekend to be a little sad he was away for so long, with the intention of snapping out of it on Tuesday morning.  My friend Tammy decided wallowing until Tuesday was...

  • LIVE VIDEO: U.S. Embassy in Israel celebrates American independence at 7 P.M.

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Watch the U.S. Independence Day Bash in Israel live at 7 P.M.

  • Egypt’s investigation into alleged Israeli spy continues

    June 22, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Egypt has relaunched its investigation into a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt , and discovered that he is fluent in Arabic.

    Ilan Grapel is being interrogated without the assistance of an interpreter, since he speaks Arabic fluently, the Egyptian newspaper al-Masri...

  • At AIPAC, effort to shift focus back to agenda: Iran, foreign aid, Capitol Hill relationships

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    With a record 10,000 people and...

  • State Dept. confirms Israel’s arrest of an American

    May 17, 2011 | 11:13 am

    The U.S. State Department confirmed that Israel arrested an American citizen, reportedly during a Nakba Day protest.

    A State Department statement on Tuesday in response to a query from a journalist during the daily briefing the day before only would confirm that Israeli authorities...

  • Where are the great American Jewish leaders?

    May 4, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    We are living in a troubling and dangerous time, a time when we need courageous and insightful leaders more than at any point since the Holocaust. We are facing a potentially existential crisis for Israel and ultimately, I believe, for Jewish people worldwide. Yet our leaders for the...

  • Revolutionary Guard chief: Iran can hit ships as far away as Indian Ocean

    April 22, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says his forces are expanding their capabilities to retaliate against possible enemy attacks from outside the Gulf.

    Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari says Iran can strike back against foreign warships launching attacks against Iran from as far away as the Indian Ocean. Jafari made the comments in an interview with the semi-official Fars news agency Friday.

    He made no direct mention of the U.S., but his remarks are a clear reference to American forces in the region.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Food flight: Perusing American Jewry’s past and present

    March 31, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    Two relatively new books tell the story of American Jewry, weaving together its past and present by examining tradition and making it relevant to today’s reader.

    Where Sue Fishkoff’s “Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority” (Schocken,...

  • Amid rancorous debate, a voice for American Jewry pushes civility

    March 8, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    When disagreement among American Jews on Israel-related issues runs deep, how does an organization that bills itself as the representative voice of the organized American Jewish community formulate policies and priorities?

    By emphasizing civility in public discourse, for starters.

    ...
  • Understanding Shariah finance and Islamic banking in American finance

    February 23, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    The Middle East, with its exotic tropical sirocco winds, is also now the haven and leader of a new form of finance that is enticing the world with the alluring scent of its petrodollars. Substantial profits are to be made, and gold plated Bentleys, mansions on the Palm Jumerah...

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