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  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    By Laura Donney

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • Leaving Israel is becoming a trend, so why do I choose to stay?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

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  • A Majority in Israel Supports Reform-Conservative Equality

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Two house cleaning items:

     

    1.

    Last week I wrote an article for the IHT-NYT about separation between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs at the Superland amusement park:

    Was it really racism that motivated the park’s management? Did it set aside dates for Arabs as well as for...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

  • Poll: Big drop in Israelis who see Obama as pro-Palestinian

    March 29, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The number of Israelis who view President Obama as pro-Palestinian dropped by 20 percent following his first presidential visit to Israel, according to a new poll.

    In the poll, conducted Sunday by Smith Research for the Jerusalem Post, 27 percent of 500 Israeli respondents said...

  • Put yourself in their shoes

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 28, 2013 | 9:25 am

  • Obama will tell Israelis: take Arab opinion into account

    March 15, 2013 | 8:05 am

    President Obama plans to talk in Jerusalem about how Israel needs to do a better job of taking Arab public opinion into account, an Obama adviser said.

    "Israel as it makes peace is going to have recognize the broader role of public opinion in peacemaking," Ben Rhodes, the deputy...

  • Arrests made in Jewish-on-Arab violence

    March 4, 2013 | 6:35 am

    Arrests have been made in two instances of Jewish-on-Arab violence.

    Four Jewish teens were arrested in Tiberias on Monday for their alleged role in an attack on an Arab street cleaner in Tel Aviv. The worker, who was cleaning the city's popular seaside promenade when the incident...

  • Q&A: “Of course the Israelis are a pain in the neck; that’s because they are a democracy”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and a Research Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program. His columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Jerusalem Post, Open Zion, History News Network and other major...

  • Hezbollah denies involvement in Burgas attack

    February 7, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Hezbollah denied it was involved in a terrorist attack in Bulgaria that killed six, including five Israelis.

    Two days after the Bulgarian government implicated two men with links to Hezbollah to the terrorist attack last July, deputy Hezbollah leader Naim Qassem said Thursday...

  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • Election Countdown- Why is Shira Teller voting for Ha’Avoda?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 16, 2013 | 10:17 am

    On January 22nd, Israel will vote for its new Knesset, and choose the Prime Minister to lead it. Much unlike the American system, here, we have countless parties with countless ideologies to choose from. Behind the curtain, we will cast our ballot, and choose one party only. The...

  • Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in Hebron after shooting death of youth

    December 13, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashed in the city of Hebron a day after a Palestinian teen who threatened an Israeli Border Police officer was shot and killed.

    At least five Palestinian rioters have been injured in Thursday's clashes, the Maan Palestinian news service...

  • Two Israeli-Jewish projects you should know about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 12, 2012 | 10:29 am

    1. This year, as part of the international Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated on January 27th, a new song will be released too national radio stations in Israel. This song is a co-production of holocaust survivors and popular musicians in Israel. This initiative, called 'Insights'...

  • The children’s game our leaders play at our expense

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state.” In my opinion, this decision did nothing except take the peace process backward another step. This resolution’s move...

  • I just wanted to say: Thank You!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 22, 2012 | 10:00 am

    In the past eight days- Israel was at war, but it wasn't a traditional war. This war was fought in two fronts: in the field and in social networks. Eight days ago, I turned to you and asked for your help in supporting Israel online. The media was tilted towards the other side, and...

  • Seven days into Pillar of Defence- which news websites tell you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

    It's been seven days now since operation Pillar of Defense got the green light. For seven days, missiles have been fired at both Israel and Gaza, and people have been suffering from both physical and mental injuries. Honestly, nothing's really changed in the last seven days. The...

  • Why there is no Palestinian resistance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Earlier today, someone posted the following on Israelife's Facebook page:"The IDF is an evil organization. Netanyahu and all the Zionist scum are evil murderers. By deception, they wage war. Do not be deceived!" In order to prove the accuracy of his statements, this person attached...

  • Hamas’ lies exposed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2012 | 8:51 am

    In the past couple of days, I've been keeping you up to date with the situation here, in Israel.

    As missiles are being fired to and from Israel, there is a war going on in social networks: Hamas representators are posting false pictures and videos, which have been exposed as lies...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • FYI: first person, live reports from Israelis

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 16, 2012 | 9:36 am

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I will say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend. In the past three days, 350 missiles have been fired to Israeli cities, most of them to southern cities. In the...

  • Here’s what really happened in Israel in the past couple of days

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 15, 2012 | 10:32 am

    It is a solid fact that Operation Pillar of Defense did not come out of the blue. It came as a response to a massive, continuous attack on Israeli cities, fired from the Hamas terror organization sitting in Gaza. I know it, because I live in Israel. You know it, because you read...

  • Israeli volunteers head to N.Y. to help in Sandy relief efforts

    November 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    A delegation of Israeli volunteers is on its way to the New York area to assist the Jewish community in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    The volunteers, young adult Russian speakers, will be in New York for 10 days to assist the Jewish community, with a focus on Russian speakers,...

  • Solidarity under attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    This weekend, once again, the people of Southern Israel were under attack. Missiles fired from Gaza exploded in the middle of cities, and people were wounded, both physically and mentally. This weekend was also the formal beginning of winter time here. After an everlasting summer,...

  • The Israeli vote

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Two weeks ago, when Jonathan Mann conversed with Israeli media and political science specialists on the upcoming U.S elections, the discussion revolved around the question: Why do Israelis care so much about the U.S election, and what is its importance to us? For an hour and a...

  • Jewish families leave Migron outpost

    September 3, 2012 | 11:11 am

    All of the Jewish families living in the West Bank outpost of Migron reportedly have evacuated. 

    Families began moving out Sunday morning, as border police went door to door in the outpost handing out eviction notices. Some of the 50 families living on the hilltop reportedly left...

  • Ankie Spitzer leads worldwide minute of silence for Munich 11

    August 13, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Ankie Spitzer led a minute of silence to honor the Munich 11 that was streamed live around the world.

    Spitzer, the widow of an Israeli coach who was among 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team killed at the 1972 Games, led the minute of silence on Sunday evening at the JCC Maccabi...

  • Lebanese judo team refuses to practice next to Israelis at Olympics training facility

    July 27, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    The Lebanese judo team at the 2012 London Olympics refused to practice next to the Israeli team.

    The Jordanians even erected a makeshift barrier to split their gym into two halves, according to the Times of Israel.

    The two teams were scheduled to train inside London’s ExCel...

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