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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • A Sept. 11 Parable for Rosh Hashana

    By Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was asked: "What is the right spiritual path, that of sorrow or that of joy?"

    He replied: "There are two kinds of sorrow and two kinds of joy. When a man broods over the misfortunes that have come upon him, that is a bad kind of sorrow. But the grief...

  • The Ties Grow Stronger

    By Leslie Susser

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Launched in the shadow of Sept. 11, the Jewish year 5762 was marked for Israel by two developments directly related to those terrorist attacks: a tightening of ties between Israel and the United States and a growing American disaffection with Palestinian Authority President Yasser...

  • Israel Maintains Hope Through Despair

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the year 5763, the mood of the Jewish people is justifiably dark indeed.

    It has been a year of increasing violence in the Middle East, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, hostility toward Israel, and a general air of crisis and ominous headlines -- a shared misery of...

  • Thinking Twice About War

    By J.J. Goldberg

    September 5, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    On a single day during Passover 1986, most of Israel's major dailies ran oddly identical front-page stories describing a secret negotiation, recently collapsed, between Israel and Iraq. Iraq, it was said, had approached Israeli representatives in New York, asking that Jerusalem...

  • Making His Mark

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 4, American swimmer Mark Spitz won his seventh gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, and set his seventh consecutive world record. It was a feat unprecedented in Olympic history, and the handsome 22-year-old Californian became an instant...

  • Lesson Plans

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The big wheels of the American PR industry are finally spinning on behalf of Israel.

    Spearheaded by Democratic political consultant Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a bipartisan group of leading pollsters and consultants has launched a two-part mission to change American perceptions of...

  • The Great Falafel Question

    By Jodi Kantor

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The last time you bit into a falafel sandwich you were probably thinking about nothing more than the warm spice and crunch of the chickpea fritters and the way they played against the soft bread, crisp vegetables and nutty tahini sauce.

    Unless you're Palestinian, in which case you...

  • Bill Would Segregate Israelis

    By Eric Silver

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If Israel's friends and diplomats have a harder time this week convincing the world that Israel is not a racist state, they have only their own government to blame. Seventeen rightist and religious party ministers voted last Sunday to endorse a privately sponsored bill to build...

  • A Code of Civility in Jewish Public Discourse

    By David N. Myers

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One of the most distressing aspects of the recent Middle East conflagration has been the retreat of both sides -- Israelis and Palestinians, as well as their supporters -- behind towering rhetorical walls.

    This retreat evokes the verbal wars of the 1970s, when Israel meant racist...

  • This Land Is Our Land

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You cannot remove other people's anxieties, but sometimes you can help them to understand their feelings of unease and find ways to cope with them.

    In my work with rabbinical students, I have faced the challenge in recent weeks of helping one particular group to sort out its fears...

  • Caped Crusaders

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The $114 million opening weekend for the release of "Spider-Man" on May 3 was not only a box office record breaker but a resounding triumph for two wily Israeli entrepreneurs.

    In his new book, "Comic Wars," journalist Dan Raviv details the dramatic battle of Revlon CEO Ronald...

  • Arafat’s Choice

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, as a Palestinian terrorist murdered 22 Israelis sitting down to their Passover seder, the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade became the first group affiliated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement to be added to the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organization since the United States...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Italian Journalist Killed

    A freelance journalist was killed in Ramallah. Israeli officials said they were investigating whether Israeli or Palestinian fire caused the death Wednesday of Italian journalist Raffaele Ciriello and the wounding of a French photographer. The officials...

  • Slam Dunk Bat Mitzvah

    By Julie G Fax

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of months before her Sept. 1 bat mitzvah, Atara Rush, a seventh-grader at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of The Jewish Federation headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Someone handed her a poster to hold up. It was from the Israel...

  • War or Pieces

    By Rob Eshman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis voted Ehud Barak into office as prime minister because he promised to bring them peace. He failed, in large part because his negotiating partner Yasser Arafat was unwilling to make the difficult choices peace demands. Israelis then voted Ariel Sharon into the prime...

  • War is in the Air

    By David Landau

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli opposition leader Yossi Sarid noted this week, the slide into war often happens despite the fact that no one intends or wishes it.

    As the Al-Aksa Intifada entered its 12th month this week with a new and ominous surge in the level of violence, Israelis are beginning to...

  • Mea Culpas

    By Amy Klein

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for a journalist who tries to keep an open mind, it's hard to watch the world media equate the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis as a level playing field, tit for tat. They bomb, we retaliate; a war between equals, or worse, a war between unequals with Israel as the...

  • Sen. McCain to Help Find Kidnapped Israelis

    By Sharon Samber

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For 10 months, the families of four Israelis kidnapped by Hezbollah have been waiting for their loved ones to return home. Now the families have found a new source of hope, after U.S. lawmakers and Jewish groups indicated that the families' crusade has not been forgotten and that a...

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