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  • Business

    By J.J. Goldberg

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's just before Memorial Day, and Alan Baker, chief legal adviser of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, is leaving New York in surprisingly good spirits. He's spent the better part of two weeks at the United Nations, negotiating the details of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon. Things...

  • Sharing the Joy

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Among the 300 to 400 Iranian Jews, Russians and Israelis who attend Shabbat services every week at the Eretz Cultural Center in Reseda, the congregation's young adults are conspicuously missing. After a lifetime in the United States, Farsi - the Persian language of their parents and...

  • Barak Under Fire

    By Naomi Segal

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak travels to the United States for meetings May 21-23, he'll leave behind faltering peace talks, a government in jeopardy and violent flare-ups with the Palestinians.

    Barak plans to meet with American Jewish leaders, many of whom are as confused...

  • Out of the Killing Fields

    By Eric Silver

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This Tuesday, one day before Israel celebrated its 52nd Independence Day, it solemnly and collectively honored the 19,109 soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died in defense of the reborn state since the United Nations voted to partition British Palestine on November 29, 1947.

    At...

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  • Breaking the Silence:

    By David Evanier

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Frank Nikbakht dates his decision to speak out about the realities of Jewish life in Iran to 1998. "The mainstream Jewish thinking both in Iran and in the American Jewish Iranian community in the U.S. was this," he recalls: "If you openly protest one killing of a Jew, then they will...
  • Israel Speaks Up

    By Eric Silver

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel this week came out of its shell and launched a public campaign against the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged in Isfahan with spying for Israel and the United States.

    After one of the defendants, Danny Tefilin, was paraded on Iranian television to confess his "guilt," the Foreign...

  • Unknown fate awaits ‘Iran 13’

    By Michael J

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian hard-liners are showing no signs of backing down in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel.

    However, what remains unclear -- in light of a state-televised confession Monday of the alleged leader, Hamid "Dani" Tefileen -- is whether Tefileen will take the...

  • Israel Speaks Up

    By Eric Silver

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel this week came out of its shell and launched a public campaign against the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged in Isfahan with spying for Israel and the United States.

    After one of the defendants, Danny Tefilin, was paraded on Iranian television to confess his "guilt," the Foreign...

  • Mixed Signals

    By Michael J

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite unofficial assurances to the contrary, it appeared that the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage would go ahead this week as originally scheduled.

    Last week, American Jewish activists were led to believe the April 13 trial would be rescheduled to just before or after...

  • Praying for Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A vigil for the Iran 13 -- the Iranian-Jews who were arrested by the Iranian government on spying charges and are in the center of a controversial trial that began on Thursday in Tehran -- will be held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance on Sun., April 16. The Jewish...
  • Iran’s Elections—A Cause to Rejoice?

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    The western world did headstands and cartwheels last week as Iranian election results indicated that "reformers" easily won seats in Iran's parliament. According to news reports, "the Clinton administration is welcoming" election results as "as pointing toward a stronger hand for...
  • Hezbollah: Israel fight continues with or without Syria peace deal

    By Douglas Davis

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Hezbollah will turn its attention to resisting normal relations with Israel if Syria and Lebanon reach a peace settlement with the Jewish state, according to the Shi'ite group's leader.

    "We will continue to consider it an illegitimate, alien and cancerous entity which we cannot...

  • Threatening Peace

    By Eric Silver

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A deadly escalation of Hezbollah's guerrilla campaign and Israeli retaliation is threatening to sabotage the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations -- not least because Israeli analysts suspect that President Hafez Assad is deliberately stoking the furnace in Southern Lebanon in order to...
  • Safe Haven

    By Dahlia S

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to say where it is more frightening to be a Jew today, in Iran or Russia. In both countries, anti-Semitic activity is escalating to chaotic levels. In Iran, 13 Jews, including several rabbis and a 16-year-old boy, sit in jail facing possible execution, falsely accused of...
  • Finally, A Bat Mitzvah

    By Rob Kutner

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in Iran, Soraya Nazarian felt she was missing something at synagogue. "I wanted to know what we were studying, what we were reading, what the rabbi was teaching... but it was so crowded back in the women's section, all I could hear was 'Shh, shh.'"

    But this full-time...

  • Iranian Jewish Prisoners ‘On Hold’

    By Tom Tugend

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian authorities, preoccupied with large-scale internal unrest, have put the case of 13 Jews arrested as "Zionist spies" on hold.

    Whether that bodes ill or well for the prisoners is an open question, interpreted in different ways by activists in the large Iranian-Jewish community...

  • Activism Unites A Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The 600 men and women attending Shabbat services at the Eretz Cultural Center stood for a minute's silence as a man on the bema slowly read the names of the 13 Jews arrested as "Zionist spies" by Iran and facing possible death sentences.

    It was a quiet moment for the congregation of...

  • Primakov’s Promise

    By Lev Krichevsky

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Russia's prime minister has condemned the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Russia and said that he would press for new hate-crimes legislation to combat the growing scourge.

    Yevgeny Primakov's statements, which he told to officials with the Anti-Defamation League and the Russian Jewish...

  • Iranian Jews Recall Own Exodus

    By Julia Goldman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The Israelites fled Egypt in haste, but well packed: They began their exodus with their flocks, herds and unleavened bread dough, as well as the jewels and garments of the Egyptians.

    When Soraya Masjedi Nazarian left Iran in 1979, she left behind almost all of her possessions.

    "I...

  • US Pressures Israeli Withdrawal

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Anger over the stalled Mideast peace process has clearlycontributed to Arab states' reluctance to help the United Statesdeter Saddam Hussein. That is one reason the United States is nowpressing Israel for a serious and credible plan for withdrawing fromthe West Bank, it has been...

  • L.A. 5758 Briefs

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    80 Years in Venice

    Congregation Mishkon Tephilo's historic Main Street sanctuary.

    Not much has stayed the same on Main Street in Venice over the past 80 years. From its early days as a heavily Jewish...

  • Letters

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    J.J. Goldberg's column on Israeli Finance MinisterNeeman's proposal to gradually phase out American economic aid toIsrael missed several key points, leading readers to draw skewedconclusions ("Foreign Aid as Shell Game," Feb. 13).

    Israel has been a true foreign aid success...

  • MideastTwo Years After

    By Larry Derfner

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The memorial underneath the parking garage at Tel Aviv City Hall, where Yitzhak Rabin was murdered two years ago, was an island of quiet and somberness in a country that was being scalded anew by the memory of the assassination.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 4, about 100 people stood...

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