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  • In Reversal, U.S. to Join U.N. Rights Council

    March 31, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the council and prompting concern among some Jewish groups.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would participate in May elections for a seat on the 47-member council,...

  • Call for Jews to shun China Olympics stirs opposition

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A large group of rabbis spanning Judaism's religious movements says it has an answer to the vexing question of how to send China an Olympic-sized message without harming the interests of athletes or Israel.

    In an appeal issued April 30 and timed for the commemoration of Yom HaShoah,...

  • Honoring Hatzolah, Anjelica Huston, Sheba

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    All Hail Hatzolah

    Ambulances, LAPD squad cars and fire trucks filled the parking spaces outside Beth Jacob Congregation the evening of March 16 -- but there was no emergency going on inside.

    Rather, it was an "Evening of Appreciation" for the Los Angeles Fire Department, presented by...

  • Photo exhibit highlights the human cost of our bounty

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the stark black-and-white photo, two small children play in and around water, as children anywhere might do on a hot day. But there's something odd about the image: it isn't the shore or a recreational pool they're playing in, but a concrete irrigation canal.

    "The children's...

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  • Congressman Tom Lantos left behind human rights legacy

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The flags dipped at half-staff over the Capitol, the warm remembrances flooded e-mail inboxes, the "Have you heard?" phone calls took a solemn tone.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) earned all these tributes. He died Monday of esophageal cancer at the age of 80.

    The mourning was...

  • Sad encounter prompts sex trafficking docudrama

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The inspiration for "Holly," a docudrama about child sex-trafficking, came as Israeli-born producer Guy Jacobson inadvertently wandered into a notorious red light district in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh five years ago.

    "It was a dusty street like any other, but suddenly, I...

  • Good employment practices a sign for Israeli tourists

    By Jeremy Wimpfheimer

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli restaurant owners are well accustomed to the question, "Do you have a teudah?" referring to the official certificate deeming all food and food preparation to be kosher in accordance with rabbinical guidelines.

    Yet, as a result of the efforts of Bema'aglei Tzedek, a...

  • Cluster Silence

    By Rob Eshman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I haven't heard major Jewish groups rush to comment on Israel's use of cluster bombs in the war against Hezbollah. When they have spoken up, they've either weakly defended Israel's actions or expressed their concerns in private.

    What a mistake.

    Cluster bombs burst into bomblets...

  • Groups hope new U.N. Secretary General will be fairer toward Israel than Kofi Annan

    By Ben Harris

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish officials are greeting the selection of Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general with cautious optimism, hopeful that the South Korean foreign minister will use the office to push for fairer treatment of Israel and more equitable application of international human rights...
  • Anti-Israel UTLA committee gets sent to the corner for a time out

    By Marc Ballon

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The United Teachers Los Angeles committee that came under intense criticism for planning to host a gathering calling for economic sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment, has shut down its Web site and agreed to undertake a monthlong "self-evaluation." The move...
  • United Teachers Los Angeles just says ‘no’ to Israel divestment push by union commitee

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to deny use of its headquarters to a UTLA committee planning to host a meeting to discuss the launch of a local boycott of sanctions against and divestment from Israel....
  • Israel should probe accusations of war crimes

    By Joseph M. Lipner

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The recent charge by three human rights organizations that Israel committed war crimes in Lebanon seems at first like just another reflexive anti-Israel (or, at worst, anti-Semitic) condemnation.
     
    The truth, though, is more complex. Those who are making the accusations appear to be...
  • ‘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...

  • Israel Tames but Doesn’t Halt Torture

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last November, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), while campaigning to ban the U.S. government from using torture, told the "Today" show: "The Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture, outlawed cruel and inhumane treatment. And I have talked to Israeli officials, and they say they do very...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sasha Sparkles

    Superskater and silver Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen lit up the runway recently at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills. It was a night of chowing down on yummy foods and stargazing as the Rodeo Drive Committee celebrated the illustrious careers of...

  • U.S. Firms Kowtow to China Censorship

    By Martin Kaplan

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If an American enters "Li Zhi" or "Shi Tao" in the search engine at Yahoo! News, more than 400 stories turn up, none of them flattering to Yahoo! But those articles won't appear if you search for those words, or countless others deemed subversive by officials, on a computer in China....

  • Old-Fashioned Solution to Iran Problem

    By Saul Singer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and presidential hopeful, is absolutely right about the gravity of the threat from a nuclear Iran.

    But does anyone notice something strange?

    McCain strongly backed President Bush in toppling Saddam Hussein and is an unabashed hawk in...

  • Letters

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Taps for Hatikvah

    It has been sad indeed to see the slow death of all things Jewish along our Fairfax stretch over the last few years ("Fairfax Shops Feel the Squeeze," Oct. 21).

    Before we are relegated to yet another historical reference on the Canter's mural, let's hope the...

  • Nazi Hunter Wiesenthal Dies at 96

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust-survivor-turned-Nazi hunter who always spoke of justice, not vengeance, is dead at 96.

    Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, his office announced Tuesday. Working with a small staff from his cramped three-room office, Wiesenthal sifted...

  • Concern Grows on Iran Abuses

    By Nooredin Abedian

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Concern is growing among circles of Iranian nationals and expatriates that European countries are turning a blind eye to the regime's human rights atrocities in exchange for trade benefits.

    Late last year, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution criticizing Iran for human...

  • A Peek Behind the Curtain of Oz

    By Helen Epstein

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "A Tale of Love and Darkness," by Amos Oz (Harcourt, $26).

    Since 1968, when his novel "My Michael" -- exquisitely narrated by a despairing young wife in Jerusalem -- mesmerized thousands of readers, Amos Oz has been recognized as one of Israel's most gifted and prolific authors....

  • Anti-Semitism Finds Fertile Soil in Russia

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin sought to consolidate his long, successful and bloodless search for centralized authoritarian rule by proposing to cancel citizens' right to elect their local and regional officials, nominally as a countermeasure to terrorism -- a...

  • 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...

  • Local Iranians Counsel Congress

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Iran's fundamentalist regime has increased its persecution of Jews and become a major sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, local Iranian Jewish leaders have stepped up efforts to inform U.S. officials of the increasing danger posed by the Islamic nation.

    "We're at the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Annan to Arafat: Shape Up

    The Palestinians have failed to meet their obligations to curb terrorism, Kofi Annan said. The U.N. secretary-general used unusually blunt language in a private reply to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who had written Annan to complain...

  • We Must Work to Free Today’s Slaves

    By Charles Jacobs

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, I stood on stage at Milken Community High School with an escaped Sudanese slave, Francis Bok. We had come out to Los Angeles from Boston to thank the school's students for their help in our abolitionist campaign and their continued commitment to make a difference.

    Francis...

  • Drive Opens to Free 11 Jews Held in Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Babak Tehrani was 17 years old in June 1994 when he hugged his parents and two younger brothers, left his home in Tehran and, guided by a well-paid smuggler, tried to slip across the rugged mountains from Iran into Pakistan.

    He was joined by his friend, 20-year-old Shaheen Nikkhoo,...

  • College Ad Misses the Point

    By Susannah Heschel

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a historian of Jewish-Christian relations in Germany, and as a professor who has taught at several German universities, hostility toward Jews and Judaism in university settings is certainly nothing new to me.

    Yet the recent New York Times ad condemning anti-Semitism at American...

  • Swiss Attack Jewish Ritual

    By Fredy Rom

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Swiss government has launched a campaign to end a century-old law barring Jewish ritual slaughter.

    Launched by Economics Minister Pasqual Couchepin, the campaign has created a heated outcry against any lessening of the prohibition.

    It also prompted fears of a widespread...

  • Freedom for Lori Berenson

    By Murray Polner

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Franklin Roosevelt's remark that Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo "may be an SOB, but he's our SOB" is a reminder that defending universal human rights may be a good American party line, but it is somewhat tainted by the support given to loathsome regimes in Chile, Guatemala and...

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