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  • I remember Gush Katif

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 10, 2008 | 3:58 pm

    The third anniversary of the 'Disengagement' is upon us with the coming of Tisha B'Av, and I'm not sure how many Jewish newspapers are covering it.

    We've forgotten about the good people of Gush Katif, Gaza -- their spiritual and physical suffering after being left homeless by the...
  • Jewish life in the City of Lights

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Fortunately I traveled to Paris before Pesach, because missing buttery croissants and oven-fresh French baguettes would have been ruinous to my experience. Indeed, France is most famous for its delicacies -- wine, cheese, pastries, foie gras -- but it is also home to a vibrant Jewish...
  • Barry Frydlender: from camera obscurity to MOMA

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Barry Frydlender greets a reporter at his apartment in southern Tel Aviv with gentility and reticence. In his spacious living room, a sofa set rests on old, cracked, Arab-style tiles that block a studio nook containing a computer set-up. A window overlooks the Tel Aviv beach...
  • IFF: Engaging in disengagement—five horrible days in Gaza

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first news stories I covered in Jerusalem 10 years ago was the excavation of holy artifacts by the city. Ultra-Orthodox Jews were protesting the excavations, because they said they were disturbing ancient Jewish graves upon which the entire city was built. It was a common...
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  • Public Reactions Are Strong to A Personal Journey

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles photographer Naomi Solomon capped off her informal summer presentation series "Settlers: A Photographic Journey of the Life and Disengagement of the Jews Living in Gaza" at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills last week, drawing more than 150 people.

    Her evocative...

  • Wandering Jew - Blue ‘Oranges’

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year at the Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, anti-disengagement activist Shifra Hastings of Los Angeles was clad all over in orange, the color of protest, right down to her painted fingernails. She tirelessly handed out free orange ribbons, bracelets and...

  • The Changed Man

    By Rob Eshman

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In May of 1998, a wealthy Israeli-born businessman called our offices and suggested I go to the Peninsula Hotel to interview his friend, Ariel Sharon.

    I said no.

    At the time, Sharon was 70. He was minister of infrastructure in the government of the Likud Party's youthful new leader...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • Israel - Tourists Unfazed by Gaza Pullout

    By Daniella Peled

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For visitors to Israel this summer, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip proved hard to ignore.

    "Everybody's orange," said Rebecca Kaminski, from Berlin, with a laugh, referring to the color adopted by the anti-disengagement activists. "I'm on the blue side, I guess."

    Sitting on...

  • 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...

  • First Person - Torn in Two

    By Robert Strazynski

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    To the Jews of the Diaspora:

    I recently returned from a monthlong vacation to the United States. Since I've gotten back home to Israel,

    however, it seems as though "reality" has smacked me upside the head. I say this because of such a severe contrast between daily life in the...

  • A Palestinian Verdict: Terror Worked

    By Khaled Abu Toameh

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The question on the Palestinian street now is who will successfully claim credit for expelling Israel from Gaza and northern Samaria - Hamas, an organization that carries out terrorist attacks, or Fatah, the official Palestinian ruling party?

    Whatever the answer turns out to be, one...

  • We Must Show Unified Pullout Support

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Four years ago, on July 22, 2001, with the goal of coming together as a unified Jewish community, we stood with 10,000 others on a closed-off section of Wilshire Boulevard for a solidarity Rally in support of the people of Israel. At a time of shattered hopes and violence, Jewish...

  • Center Court

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the Mercedes-Benz Cup doubles final last Sunday at UCLA, the clumps of Israelis in the grandstands waved their blue-and-white flags between points and yelled out encouragement in Hebrew. They were cheering on the team of Yoni Erlich and Andy Ram, who had reached the finals by...

  • There’s No Place for Ugly Words on Gaza

    By Joseph Aaron

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The withdrawal of Israeli settlements and settlers from the Gaza Strip will dominate the Jewish summer.

    Now, you can think that's a good idea or a bad one, be for it or against it. All that's fine and in the best tradition of Judaism. What is not fine and what is desecrating Judaism...

  • Q & A With Daniel Ayalon

    By Howard Blume

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The mid-August Israeli pullout from Gaza is fraught with risks and unknowns, but the Israeli government remains committed to "unilateral disengagement," says Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the United States. Ayalon spoke with The Journal about the reasons for disengagement, a...

  • Disengagement Now—No Way to Peace

    By Arthur Cohn

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for an Israeli pullout from Gaza and a few more settlements in the Shomron has found extensive initial approval among Jews in the Diaspora.

    At first glance, this is understandable. The absence of a credible Palestinian negotiating partner,...

  • Letters

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families

    Kol hakavod to The Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the wide range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, from those of Jon Hambourger to those of Craig and Cynthia Corrie and Khaled and Samah Nasrallah ("Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished,"...

  • Letters

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Gaza Fight

    Imagine a person's agony when the doctors tell him that in order to save his life, he must amputate a limb. ("The Battle Over Gaza in America," June 17). Imagine the increased agony when a second group of doctors tells him that not only will amputation not help his...

  • U.S. Acts Cautiously on Mideast Issues

    By James D. Besser

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It may be the most ideological presidency in recent memory, but on at least one issue, the Bush administration is pure pragmatism.

    As Israel gets set for its summer of disengagement discontent, the administration has responded with a cautious, practical approach that has angered...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    High Flier Takes Over

    Dan Halutz, a former air force commander, replaced Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon as chief of the Israel Defense Forces' General Staff at a blue-ribbon ceremony Wednesday. Considered a confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Halutz's immediate challenge is...

  • AIPAC and Sharon Get What They Need

    By James Besser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A troubled but still potent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) got a boost this week from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who addressed its largest-ever policy conference in Washington, with a record 4,500 delegates gathered for three days of speeches, workshops,...

  • Israel Foresees Pullout Headaches

    By Leslie Susser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the face of it, nothing illustrates Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's political odyssey from settlement builder to settlement dismantler better than a recently published report on West Bank outposts.

    The report details how government ministers and officials broke the law and...

  • Gaza Strife and American Jews

    By James D. Besser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Civil strife in Israel over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza disengagement plan could cause new strains in the American Jewish community and accelerate the turning away from the pro-Israel cause, especially among younger Jews.

    The mounting strife, which includes death threats...

  • Pullout Plan Faces Budget Vote Hurdle

    By Leslie Susser

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As plans for Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and part of the West Bank intensify, its opponents are banking on one last throw of the parliamentary dice: Knesset rejection of the 2005 state budget.

    If the budget is not passed by March 31, the government will fall, there will be...

  • Bombing Creates Quandary for All

    By Leslie Susser

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The late February suicide bombing in Tel Aviv shattered a three-month lull in terror and brought key Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking issues into sharp relief.

    The terror attack, which came just three weeks after Israeli and Palestinian leaders declared an end to more than...

  • Unilateral Withdrawal

    By Larry Derfner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I, along with what the polls say is 60 percent of Israelis -- and maybe even Ariel Sharon, too -- trust Mahmoud Abbas' good intentions. More than that, I'm impressed by what he's done on the ground -- by prevailing on Hamas and the other terrorist groups to "cool down" the violence...

  • Apparent Allies Might Not Be Our Friends

    By David N. Myers

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Israel Christian Nexus gathering at Stephen S. Wise Temple was intended to rally support for Israel. Its advertised list of speakers included John Fishel, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and a fair number of prominent local rabbis.

    While we...

  • 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...

  • Groundwork Laid to Evacuate Gaza

    By Gil Sedan

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite political hurdles, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forging ahead with his Gaza disengagement plan, giving various government agencies the green light to prepare for the evacuation of settlers -- using both carrots and sticks.

    Even as Israeli police begin laying the...

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