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  • Paris regional council vows to strip funding from BDS promoters

    2 days ago

    A regional council in France that includes Paris passed a precedent-setting amendment that excludes funding from promoters of boycotts against Israel. The council of the Ile-de-France region, where right-wing parties have a majority, adopted the amendment Oct. 13, the Le Monde Juif...

  • Experiencing Israel within the tension of perceptions and politics

    2 days ago

    If you had asked me two years ago what was the likelihood of me traveling to Israel, I would have said 5 percent, simply because I always like to leave some room for the universe to surprise me.

    My aversion to Israel was mostly due to negative feelings in my LGBTQ community. I...

  • 2016 Election: Israel out, anti-Semitism in. 5 post-debate notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Another post-debate morning – an interesting and lively debate. If you want to talk winners and losers, look elsewhere. I am writing about Trump, Clinton, the Jews, and Israel.


    On October 22, 2012, Barak Obama and Mitt Romney had their last Presidential debate. Following...

  • UNESCO board formally approves resolution denying Jewish holy sites

    5 days ago

    The executive board of the United Nations cultural agency voted to adopt a controversial resolution that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem.

    The board reportedly formally approved the resolution on Tuesday morning in the final day of its meeting in Paris.

  • Teenage daughter of Jerusalem light rail attacker released from detention

    6 days ago

    The teenage daughter of the eastern Jerusalem gunman who killed two Israelis in a shooting spree in an attack on a light rail stop was released by Israeli security forces.

    Eiman Abu Sbeih, 14, was released on Sunday, a week after the attack, by Israeli security forces, on...

  • As we celebrate Sukkot, we spite UNESCO

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago


    Mixing current affairs and the celebration of a holiday is as problematic as it is common. But the temptation is hard to resist: on the one hand, the Jewish State that is battling a decision by UNESCO that ignores the ties of Jews to Temple Mount and the Kotel – on the other...

  • Former Israeli envoy to L.A. named acting head of Foreign Ministry

    By  Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Yuval Rotem, who was named acting director general of the Israel Foreign Ministry by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (10/13), is remembered in Los Angeles as “one of the most popular and effective envoys to have represented his country in Los Angeles, the Southwestern...

  • Kim Kardashian reportedly hires Israeli bodyguard after Paris robbery

    2 weeks ago

    An Israeli bodyguard will now be keeping reality television star Kim Kardashian safe after a robbery in her Paris hotel room earlier this month.

    Aaron Cohen, who served in the elite undercover Duvdevan unit of the Israel Defense Forces, has been hired by Kardashian’s husband,...

  • Teenage daughter of Jerusalem shooter arrested after praising him on viral video

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli security forces arrested the teenage daughter of the eastern Jerusalem gunman who killed two Israelis in a shooting spree.

    The 14-year-old girl was held and questioned with her mother for more than an hour Monday morning before being taken into custody, the Palestinian...

  • How do you discover the Spirit to travel?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 weeks ago

    After traveling to over 100 countries I am often asked, “Where is your favorite place to travel?” My answer depends on what you searching for.  I have favorite places to go SCUBA diving, skiing, to get away from technology and places I cannot wait to explore.

    I want to share six...

  • Obama officials blast Israel’s settlement announcement as betrayal of friendship, Peres legacy

    2 weeks ago

    The Obama administration cast Israel’s plan to build 300 units deep inside the West Bank as a betrayal of U.S. friendship and of Shimon Peres’ legacy.

    The statement Wednesday by Mark Toner, the deputy State Department spokesman, was unusually lengthy and emotional in tone.

  • Rocket from Gaza strikes southern Israel for second day in a row

    2 weeks ago

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel for the second day in a row.

    The rocket fired Thursday afternoon landed in an open area in a southern Israeli community near the border with Gaza. No injuries were reported.

    It triggered the Code Red rocket warning system in...

  • Bruce Springsteen in Israel? He says its about time

    2 weeks ago

    Bruce Springsteen just gave Israeli fans hope that they may soon be able to see “The Boss” live in concert.

    “I really need to play there,” he told an Israeli fan last week at a book signing event in New Jersey for his new autobiography “Born to Run,” The Times of Israel reported....

  • Don’t waste your time: The Israeli rabbinate has already lost its battles

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    The new survey by Hiddush – an organization dedicated to freedom of religion in Israel – gives many reasons for hope. It gives hope that Israel will gradually improve itself – and also gives hope that the level of hysteria concerning state-religion relations in Israel will be...

  • Gaga Lady: An Israeli dancer finds her home in L.A.

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli dancer, choreographer and teacher Danielle Agami moved to Los Angeles from Seattle in 2012, and she has never been busier.

    “I’m an addict to excitement,” she confessed in a phone interview from Salt Lake City, where she was in residency with Repertory Dance Theatre. In...

  • A Passion for Religious Tolerance:  A Story of the Pope, a Jew and a Majority-Muslim Country

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    3 weeks ago

    It was truly a remarkable day, October 2. Who would have believed that on that day I would be watching the Holy Father Pope Francis, in a newly constructed mosque in Baku, standing arm and in arm with Muslims, Orthodox, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and other...

  • Shimon Peres: Godfather of Israeli entrepreneurship

    3 weeks ago

    The passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the age of 93 is rightly provoking much reflection on his life and times. While most people know the political history of Peres, and his globe-trotting efforts on behalf of Middle East peace (he won the Nobel Prize for the...

  • Saying goodbye to Shimon Peres, world leaders talk peace and love

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli and world leaders gathered atop Mount Herzl on Friday to say goodbye to Shimon Peres, Israel’s last founding father.

    In addition to fond personal recollections, many of those who took the stage alongside Peres’ Israeli-flag-draped coffin offered their visions of the peace...

  • The other crisis on campus

    3 weeks ago

    Our Jewish community is rightly concerned about Israel on campus. Serious challenges face pro-Israel students around the country today, and much ink has been spilled about the topic. 

    But the purpose of this piece is not to recap the stories you’re already reading. Rather, I want...

  • Shimon Peres: The man who owned his dreams

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    3 weeks ago

    They came from everywhere. A few days before the funeral all the major hotels in Jerusalem were cleared of tourists to make way for the foreign dignitaries  and their delegations that were arriving from seventy countries. Most of the people came in a caravan of buses. On my bus sat...

  • Be unordinary: The worthy legacy of Peres

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago


    There’s a limit to the number of words one person can write about the passing of a great leader. There’s a limit to the number of words one person can read about the passing of a great leader. So today the sorrow of Israelis is turning into mundane worry about today and...

  • Shimon Peres’ peace train

    By Rob Eshman

    September 28, 2016 | 1:01 pm

    It was 1984, he was campaigning for prime minister. I was a young journalist, recently arrived in Jerusalem from San Francisco. At Independence Park, I noticed a political rally going on, but I couldn’t get close enough to see the candidates. There was a row of bushes behind the...

  • The World’s Common Language

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 28, 2016 | 11:55 am

    The language in which the lyrics are written doesn't matter when it comes to beautiful tunes. That is why I believe music is the answer to everything, including world peace, if only we put politics aside.

    "Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand. With an...

  • The singular Shimon Peres, recounted by an Arab-Israeli diplomat

    September 28, 2016 | 11:35 am

    During a Facebook session Israeli President Shimon Peres held two years ago, interacting with people from all over the world, he was asked about one the biggest mysteries in history: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” Peres immediately responded: “The egg, without a doubt,”...

  • Bill Clinton, Kerry to join world leaders at Peres funeral in Jerusalem

    September 28, 2016 | 10:54 am

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the funeral of Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president.

    Peres, who died Tuesday at age 93, will be buried on Friday morning at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Clinton presided over the Oslo...

  • Shimon Peres — Naïve and indispensable

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Shimon Peres, the larger-than-life Israeli statesman, global figure and Nobel Peace Prize winner who impacted every significant moment of the state of Israel since its birth in 1948, including the buildup of its defense forces and its search for peace, was a naïve man.

    By naïve I...

  • Shimon Peres — Naïve and indispensable

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s larger-than-life statesman, global ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize winner who impacted every significant moment of the state of Israel since its birth in 1948, including the buildup of its defense forces and its search for peace, was a naïve man.

    By naïve...

  • Netanyahu, Israeli leaders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

    September 28, 2016 | 9:41 am

    At a special session to mourn and honor Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet that the late president “did so much to protect our people.”

    “This is the first day in Israel without Shimon Peres,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the meeting on...

  • Pro-Israel leaders discuss the late Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2016 | 8:00 pm


    Roz Rothstein, CEO of pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, released a statement on Sept. 28 highlight Peres' persistence in his pursuit for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "Even when ending conflict seemed distant, Peres never lost hope and...

  • Remembering Shimon Peres

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 27, 2016 | 7:20 pm

    Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founders, died today at 93. As we honor his legacy, we recognize that we are lucky to have had him stick around for so long – he gave us the luxury of feeling still young. Shimon Peres was a great leader, worthy of all respect afforded him. But...

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