The Vatican significantly sharpened its condemnation of the violent attack in Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. State Department personnel.
Just before the start of a community gathering early Tuesday morning in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Israeli Consul General David Siegel looked toward a set of giant TV screens to watch Gilad Shalit step out of a helicopter on his journey home to Israel.
The U.S. Consulate General has banned its personnel from visiting the Old City of Jerusalem due to fears of violence.
Jacob Dayan's term as Israel Consul General of Los Angeles ends this summer—he has served away from Israel for five years, the maximum amount of time a diplomat can remain out of his country, and since late 2007 in Los Angeles—and on Friday, May 27, Los Angeles city marked his departure with a farewell celebration at City Hall.
Two eastern Jerusalem residents employed by the British Consulate have been charged in connection with a plan to attack a Jerusalem soccer stadium. Israel indicted the men, both Palestinians, on Sunday for arms trafficking for Hamas. A gag order was lifted on the case Sunday. The charges have no connection with their jobs as maintenance workers at the consulate, which is located in the eastern Jerusalem community of Sheikh Jarrah, British media reported, citing Israeli officials.
The flag is like a tallit. The tallit envelops us in a physical connection to God and to the Jewish people.
" . . . The blue and white now waves proudly on prestigious Wilshire, along with the Stars and Stripes. And we are all the more enriched for it. Kol hakavod! . . "
The outdoor event, under extensive security, was an old-fashioned lift-your-voices, wave-the-flag celebration, with a little bit of everything. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rang the rafters, pledging his city's unbreakable bond with Israel and ending with a rousing "Am Yisrael Chai."
It's a fact of life: Israel's blue and white is a red flag for the fanatics. Wave it, and they are likely to charge.
The blue and white flag with the Star of David will be raised for the first time in front of the Israeli Consulate on Sunday, Sept. 28.
Karnit Goldwasser works for the release of the soldiers captured by Hezbollah on a July 12 raid into Israeli territory. Those captured soldiers are Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, Karnit's husband. Since the afternoon of July 12, when an area commander came to visit her with the news, she has devoted herself to freeing the two, as well as Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in Gaza 17 days earlier.
Representatives from Southern California-based Persian-language satellite radio stations and television shows attended a special press conference on Aug. 28, held for them at Los Angeles' Israeli consulate, the first public interaction between the Israeli government and local Persian-language media in more than 25 years.
More than 500 demonstrators, mostly Orthodox Jews, gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles last weekend to oppose Israel's planned, upcoming pullout of settlers from Gaza.
"People wear this jewelry to make a statement," Yael Swerdlow said, "and we hope to make ours."