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  • Israel Watches Iran With Worry

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    For Israel, it's the classic "I've got good news, but you might want to hear the bad news first" scenario.

    Just when a confluence of unrelated events revived the prospect of peace talks with the Palestinians, Iran's potential nuclear threat to the Jewish state suddenly seems...

  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • A Night at Cafe Hillel

    By Matthew Rosenbaum

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mangled metal and scattered limbs have a way of changing one's perspective.

    On a warm night in Jerusa-lem, my friends and I sat at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim Street, sipping coffee and beer, enjoying the glorious freedom of the Israeli drinking age of 18. We Americans were happy to...

  • Love and Loyalty

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More out of ethnic loyalty than any expectation of a great match, The Journal stayed late at the 78th annual Mercedes Benz Cup men's tennis tournament on July 17 at UCLA to watch a doubles semifinal between two Israelis and two Americans. The Americans, Bob and Mike Bryan, were the...

  • Monk Could Be Way to Mideast Peace

    By Larry Kasanoff

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Next week, I am sponsoring a group of Israelis and Palestinians to spend a few weeks in a small village in southern France with a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. These two disparate groups of people do not know each other, but often feel hatred toward each other. Some of them...

  • Fence Offensive

    By Steve North

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "People don't become suicide bombers for the fun of it, you know. They have grievances."

    The statement should have come as no surprise, after all I had heard that day, but still, I was stunned. The speaker was one of two British journalists I'd spent the morning with in and around...

  • Israeli Tourists ‘Ugly’ No More

    By Larry Derfner

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Leafing through travel books on Turkey at Tel Aviv's L'Metayel (For the Traveler), veteran sojourner Ronen Lazar suggests how to curb the phenomenon of the "ugly Israeli" -- the obnoxious Israeli tourist.

    "There should be a law forbidding Israelis from going overseas for at least...

  • Pursuit of Peace Requires New Coalition

    By Leonard Fein

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We have long since learned to swallow hard as the Israelis persist in policies that are ill-conceived and ill-executed, policies that threaten the entire Zionist enterprise.

    There are so many of these that we try to ignore and even justify targeted killings, "collateral damage," a...

  • Israelis Fill Growing Security Niche

    By David Finnigan

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Holocaust survivor and Los Angeles real estate developer Jona Goldrich wanted to hire security consultants and guards for his vast network of Southern California apartment buildings, he hired Israelis.

    "They are much better because of the training, and the problems they've got...

  • We All Are Israelis Now

    By Frank A. Meyer

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    An abandoned suitcase in Dortmund's main station gets thousands of people scared of terror. An anonymous bomb threat paralyzes Berlin's airport. In the appearance of the Madrid attacks, international terrorism has outrun everyday life in Europe.

    Nobody is safe nowhere anymore: not...

  • Your Letters

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Political Correctness

    Jane Ulman's attempt to deconstruct the story of Purim is another revolting exercise in political correctness ("Viva Vashti," March 5).

    Those who really care about the plight of women need to concentrate their energies on dealing with some very horrific...

  • Gaza Withdrawal a Risk for Sharon

    By Leslie Susser

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In announcing a plan to evacuate nearly all of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is signaling that he's serious about creating large blocs of Palestinian territory free of Israelis -- and that he is willing to gamble with his political...

  • The Sundance Tribe

    By Amy Klein

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We were late for the movie because of Shabbat dinner. With fresh sectional challah imported from Zomick's bakery in Long Island, N.Y., and kosher Cabernet Sauvignon brought from California, a few other traditional Jews gathered at our bicoastal condo for Friday night dinner just as...

  • Yehoshua Returns to Arab Characters

    By Susan Miron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Liberated Bride" by A.B. Yehoshua (Harvest Books, 2003.)

    From the beginning of his career, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua has examined the complex relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs, most notably in his 1964 novella, "Facing the Forests," and his early novel, "The...

  • Hamas Returns to Terror in Gaza

    By Dan Baron

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In dying, Reem al-Reyashi dealt a double blow: to Israelis who hoped Hamas had decided to show restraint and to fellow Palestinians quietly earning a living in one of the few places where Israeli-Palestinian cooperation still thrives.

    Reyashi, a 22-year-old mother of two and the...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. As does the Geneva accord. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security...

  • Saddam’s Fate Carries Messages

    By Uri Dromi

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the news broke that Saddam Hussein was captured, there was an uproar of joy here. Like many Israelis, I was glued to the TV screen, watching L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, announcing proudly: "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!"

    What a great moment for the...

  • Does Buddhist Hold Mideast Peace Key?

    By Ruth Mason

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While news of the Geneva accords hit the headlines, a group of Palestinians and Israelis were trying to make a different kind of peace -- with the help of Buddhists in southern France.

    Thich Nhat Hanh -- Vietnamese Zen master, poet and Nobel Peace Prize nominee -- has been inviting...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security fence around itself that...

  • Paving the Way for Anti-Israel Studies

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The woman in the cover illustration is called "Mother Palestine." Inside, articles by controversial Israeli historians Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim, and Palestinian historian Nur Masalha, tell the tale of a bellicose colonial Israel that displaced innocent Arabs from their homes in...

  • Israel Falls for Gay Military Romance

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Yossi & Jagger" is partly a gay love story about two Israeli officers on the Lebanese border. But the 71-minute film's only love scene comes early in a larger, far less romantic story about the contradictions of modern Israel.

    "Yossi & Jagger" has touched Israelis who long for...

  • Life With A Terror Twist

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was drinking a martini on the terrace of the King David Hotel when I started counting sirens. An ultra-Orthodox social worker had told me earlier in the week that that is what people often do here, count sirens. One siren is probably a heart attack. Two might be a fire. If you hear...

  • Both Sides Need to Stay on the Path

    By Daniel Sokatch

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The terrorist who blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus Tuesday night did more than murder 20 Israelis and injure more than 100 others.

    As was undoubtedly his intent, he also dealt a serious, perhaps fatal, blow to the struggling, fragile "road map" peace process. The horror of...

  • A Short Escape to Prewar Italy

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even when it's 40 F out and a freezing wind sweeps through the narrow streets of Florence, it is good to be in Italy.

    No, it's great to be in Italy.

    My wife, Naomi, and I spent 10 days in Rome and Florence in the dead of winter, bundled like Aleuts in the Mediterranean cold. I've...

  • ‘Leasing’ of Peace Could Be Best Move

    By Reuven Firestone

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    OK, let's get it over with. Normative Islam today cannot make a peace treaty with a Jewish State in the midst of the Islamic world. It just doesn't make it, not in terms of historical precedent, cultural expectations or religious law. Islamists simply trump liberal Muslims on this.


  • Israel Fest Expands Celebration Borders

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    UCLA Hillel special events coordinator Guy Kochlani was born in Tel Aviv, but he was never actively involved in supporting Israel -- until the day three years ago when a group of Palestinian students interrupted the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration on campus.

    "I couldn't believe it -- these...

  • Roadblock Arises to Subvert ‘Road Map’

    By Leonard Fein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can account for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent assault on the State Department? Gingrich, just eight years ago Time magazine's Man of the Year, these days largely reduced to self-promotion (Check his Web site at newt.org.), is a senior fellow at the American...

  • Dialing for Peace

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the past two years, a soundproof curtain has descended on dialogue between individuals in Israel on the one hand and Gaza and the West Bank on the other. Without the possibility of interchange, it is but a small step to collective demonization of the other.

    If Palestinians and...

  • Far From ‘Divine’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Divine Intervention" by Israeli Arab filmmaker Elia Suleiman is going to delight some people, anger others and put still others to sleep.

    It has been embraced by European and most American critics as a brilliant absurdist comedy, recalling the style of French director...

  • Arab Accountability

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

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