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  • American who shot Eilat hotel employee killed himself, police probe finds

    November 7, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The American man who killed an Eilat hotel employee while in Israel on an internship program committed suicide, according to an investigation by Israeli police.

    William Herskowitz, 23, shot himself after locking himself in the hotel kitchen, an investigation by the Southern...

  • The Israeli vote

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Two weeks ago, when Jonathan Mann conversed with Israeli media and political science specialists on the upcoming U.S elections, the discussion revolved around the question: Why do Israelis care so much about the U.S election, and what is its importance to us? For an hour and a...

  • Naom Chomsky makes first visit to Gaza

    October 19, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Noam Chomsky, the prominent American academic and critic of Israel, has made his first trip to the Gaza Strip.

    Chomsky, who is Jewish, is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a frequent critic of American foreign policy and Israel's...

  • Protestant churches’ letter on Israel straining ties with Jews

    October 16, 2012 | 11:19 am

    When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it.

    Already, one major American Jewish group has canceled its...

  • Two American economists win Nobel Prize

    October 15, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, American economists with ties to Israeli universities, won the Nobel Prize for economics.

    The professors won the prize, called the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, for their research in how to make economic markets work better by more...

  • Eilat shooting raises questions about recruitment for Israel programs

    October 10, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    The recent shooting of an Israeli hotel employee by an American Jewish intern is raising questions about how Israel internship programs for Diaspora Jews recruit and screen applicants.

    The assailant, William Herskowitz, was killed by police following a brief standoff last Friday...

  • American gunman killed in Israeli hotel shoot-out

    October 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    An American man opened fire in an Israeli seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday after losing his job there, killing one person before being shot dead in a stand-off with security forces.

    The firefight erupted in the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat when New York native...

  • Americans hold strong favorable views of Israel, new poll finds

    October 4, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Seventy percent of Americans view Israel favorably, according to a survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Initiative.

    Moreover, when asked their view of Israel, nearly 81 percent of political conservatives shared that view while the number was at 68.5 percent for moderates and...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders visit Alan Gross

    October 1, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders visited jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said they found him in “good spirits.”

    Adela Dworin, head of Cuba’s Jewish community, and David Prinstein, president of the Patronato Synagogue and Jewish community vice president, spent two hours with...

  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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...

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