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  • Debra Winger explores Jewish/Arab day schools

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Students at the Hand in Hand Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem didn't know they were meeting a celebrity. They weren't born when the films "Officer and a Gentleman" and "Terms of Endearment" garnered Debra Winger her Oscar nominations.

    But Winger's tour last month to the Hand...

  • The dreadful ‘D’ words

    By Bishop Mary Ann Swenson and Dr. Nur Amersi

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Divorce, dissolution, divestment: These are words that spell the end of a relationship and of what might have been -- through time and patience -- a meaningful and inspiring marriage.

    We know how often this happens to people we know, and so it is happening at this moment to the...

  • Briefs: Some West Bank settlers would agree to leave, Israel OKs Palestinian police stations

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some West Bank Settlers Would Leave If Offered Government Support, Poll Finds

    Approximately one in five Israelis living east of the West Bank security fence would leave if offered government support, a poll found. According to an internal government study, whose results were leaked...

  • Jews, power and the Palestinian refugee crisis

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 11, 2008 | 2:01 pm

    At the Hillel Summit in Washington last month, I listened to Ruth R. Wisse, a Harvard professor of Yiddish and author of “Jews and Power,” deliver a passionate 40-minute lecture on why American Jews should stand up for that imperiled sliver of Mediterranean coast we have been...

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  • Not faces but an ‘unrecognizable pulp’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 12, 2008 | 10:06 am

    I came across this 7-year-old Time article this week while reporting along feature on StandWithUs, which will run Thursday, and, man, does this story make me feel sick to my stomach. Kobi Mandel and Yosef Ishran were but two of the more than 1,000 Israelis—and almost 5,000...

  • Christians approaching zero in PA-run parts of Holy Land

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 5, 2007 | 11:12 am

    The ever-dwindling Christian communities living in Palestinian-run territories in the West Bank and Gaza are likely to dissipate completely within the next 15 years as a result of increasing Muslim persecution and maltreatment, an Israeli scholar said Monday.

    “The systematic...

  • ‘Hook-nosed, bloodstained Jews out to trick peaceful Arabs at Annapolis summit’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2007 | 10:44 pm

    This is from my colleague Dennis Wilen, who runs JewishJournal.com and the blog Funny, you don’t look bloggish:

       

    OK, Olmert says it’s no big deal the Saudis and their pals won’t ‘shake hands’ with the Jews at the conference; at least they won’t be trotting out shopworn...

  • Peace: Now or never?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2007 | 7:11 pm

    Regarding the Annapolis peace summit, which will be held tomorrow, Time magazine reports:

    When Middle East adversaries meet in Annapolis this week, will it be a peace conference, or rather a conference that ends all peace? Nearly 60 years since the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli...

  • Saving Israel from Annapolis

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 25, 2007 | 3:23 pm

    Robert Avrech at Seraphic Secret has posted an impassioned piece about saving Israel from the Israeli prime minister and the peace summit he will attend with Arab leaders Monday.

    Annapolis is coming up tomorrow and a stew of Judenrein Arab countries are going to show up in order to...

  • Hollywood’s Arab typecast: terrorist

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 4, 2007 | 8:56 am


    Welcome to the post-9/11 minstrel show. The LA Times today dedicates its Column One to the plight of Arab and Arab-American actors looking for work in Hollywood.  It’s an interesting chapter in the old tale of typecasting. Sayed Badreya’s saga embodies the issue well:

    The burly,...

  • We pledge allegiance to your shorts

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Camp Pranks

    There is something inherently cruel in laughter at the expense of other people ("We Salute Your Shorts," July 13).

    It's one thing to satirize, mock or lampoon where it's appropriate. However, pranks at summer camp often are hurtful and scary for children.

    It's...
  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Upholds Contested Immigration Law

    Israeli Arabs are upset after Israel's top court upheld a controversial law that prevents Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs from living in Israel.

    By a vote of 6-5, the High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected petitions filed against the...

  • ‘State Department for Jews’ Hits 100

    By Dina Kraft

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a meeting room with gold silk curtains and tiled walls, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) takes their seats at a long, glass-topped table facing Tunisia's foreign minister and his aides.

    Soon the questions begin: When will Tunisia resume official relations...

  • Good for the Jews

    By Larry Derfner

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Although it's easy to write off the ideological integrity of a party whose leaders include both Shimon Peres and Tsachi Hanegbi -- along with about everyone in between -- Kadima happens to be the real thing.

    That conclusion was firmly ratified this week by voters in Israeli, who...

  • Krugel Gets 20 Years for Bomb Plot

    By Jim Crogan

    September 29, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    The former No. 2 man in the Jewish Defense League (JDL) had his day in court last week and the only suspense was over how much time he would remain in prison. Earl Krugel, 62, has already spent close to four years in lockup over alleged terrorism charges. And in court, he learned...

  • Letters

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Heartless Rav

    I support Rabbi David Wolpe's position entirely ("We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge," Sept. 16). Rav Ovadiah Yosef has made Israel look very bad. Why would a scholar of Israel speak such racism, a man of our ancient traditions who should have more respect for human...

  • Letters

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inner Sanctum

    Being a Mormon, I really liked your article "The Inner Sanctum" (Sept. 2), however, there is some information you received, that I am not sure you understood correctly. It's the question of "literal truth." While we do believe that the Book of Mormon is historically...

  • Show Gaza Sympathies to the Other

    By David N. Myers

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement from Gaza has exposed raw emotions and wrenching scenes of families being uprooted from their homes of decades.

    Many in the Jewish community, while believing that the disengagement was necessary and even overdue, have felt the pain of the settlers. Some have even...

  • How Can Right, Left Each Be So Sure?

    By David Margolis

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ed. Note: Former Jewish Journal Senior Writer David Margolis died July 17 at the age of 62 in Israel, where he had lived for the past 11 years. Most recently, Margolis wrote for The Jerusalem Report, where this column, one of his last, originally appeared.

    Some months ago, at a kind...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

  • Letters

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Real Rabbi

    We can't speak for our entire congregation, but Rabbi Karen Deitch's article ("SWF Rabbi," April 1) did not embarrass us (Letters, April 29). We invite you to attend one of our erev Shabbat services when Deitch is officiating. She is a well-spoken, insightful and...

  • Beyond Left and Right in Israel

    By Ami Nahshon

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to politics in Israel, left and right rarely agree. In a country where even sports teams are aligned with political parties, there is

    one issue that should unite Israelis and their American supporters from across the political spectrum: the need to foster opportunity...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Bombing Adds Insult to Ruling on Fence

    By Dan Baron

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The International Court of Justice may have ruled it illegal, but Israel's West Bank security barrier has at least one new supporter.

    For Sammy Masrawa, it was more baptism by fire than conversion, after Masrawa witnessed a bombing that killed an Israeli woman and wounded at least...

  • A Settler in Favor of Disengagement

    By David Margolis

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is a soul-wrenching time for all of us who love the Land of Israel. Jewish homes and villages, farms and factories -- the settlement work of three decades -- are soon to be uprooted in Gaza. We know that more demolitions may be coming.

    Politically -- for the first time in the...

  • Barbaric Acts Kill Palestinian Sympathy

    By Larry Derfner

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I know there are many Palestinians out there who are sickened and ashamed by what happened in Gaza to the remains of the six dead Israeli soldiers.

    I don't hold them responsible; I don't associate them with those acts just because they are Palestinians or Arabs, not in any way.

    In...

  • Yehoshua Returns to Arab Characters

    By Susan Miron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Liberated Bride" by A.B. Yehoshua (Harvest Books, 2003.)

    From the beginning of his career, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua has examined the complex relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs, most notably in his 1964 novella, "Facing the Forests," and his early novel, "The...

  • Who’s to Blame for Palestinian Despair?

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like many hothead progressives around the world, I preach antiracism, teach multiculturalism and recognize the United States to be a politically and culturally imperialistic society.

    Proper revolutionary that I am, I have no problem with guerrilla warfare against oppressive...

  • Arabs, Jews Mix at Haifa Holiday Festival

    By Dina Kraft

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood, sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan.

    Walking a path lined with poems by Arab and...

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