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Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel's enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.
It is ironic that Judea Pearl wrote this article on the eve of perhaps the worst foreign policy speech on Israel and the Middle East in American history (“Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge,” May 20). His phrase “Words Matter” tells it all. The words in this case, were all wrong.
This year, for the first time in decades, Israel Independence Day came and went without a major public celebration in Los Angeles, and local Jewish leaders are vowing that won’t happen again. “We are completely committed to having a communitywide celebration for Israel’s Independence Day,” said Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater of Los Angeles. “We need to create something that is really a community event, something people X off on their calendars and look forward to and talk about afterward.”
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the show at the Israel Independence Day celebration hosted by Consul General Jacob Dayan in Los Angeles. Twelve national and international television crews, plus another dozen photographers and print reporters jostled for positions Tuesday evening to cover the event, in particular the governor as he received an award recognizing his longtime support of Israel and the nation’s economy.
KassemJEW is on the streets of Westwood to talk to Angelenos about Israel Independence Day. Happy Yom Ha'Atzmaut!
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent best wishes to Israel for its Independence Day on behalf of President Obama and the U.S. people. In the statement issued Sunday, Clinton called Israel, on its 63rd birthday, "a young nation, but a rich history that holds deep meaning for so many."
A lack of funding has forced organizers to cancel this year’s Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, a community event that at its height attracted as many as 30,000 people. An immediate donation of around $30,000 could reverse the decision, according to Yoram Gutman, executive director of Israel Independence Day Festival, which runs the event. The festival honoring Israel’s 63rd birthday was scheduled for May 15.
Israel is a free society. The rights of the minority, of the oppressed, indeed, of the criminally foolish are protected. Mr. Chomsky would be as free in Israel to pronounce this nonsense as he is in the United States. Were he to move to the Arab world, he would be persecuted as a Jew (as, indeed, he might be in France). And were he, God forbid, persecuted, Israel would offer him a home, under the Right of Return. That is what Israel means to me.
"This is what we grew up praying for and dreaming of," my father told me in a recent conversation, "so I did not need to read any further." Nessim Bouskila made his way to the headquarters of the Jewish Agency in Paris, where he found more than 400 young men and women already lined up, eagerly awaiting the "privilege," as Papa worded it, to help defend Israel.
While there's no conflict with Mother's Day this year, organizers of the April 29 Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park are facing another challenge. The celebration of Israel's 59th year falls on the same day as Big Sunday, a citywide Mitzvah Day, as well as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA.
Here are my top 10 tips for celebrating Israel Independence Day:
As he breezes into a Melrose trattoria, the international man of mystery known as Shuki could be mistaken for any other player in town -- cell phone in hand, expensive suit, hardball negotiator demeanor -- were it not for the long shock of Gene Simmons rock star hair tied back in a tail that betrays his youth.