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  • How Can Right, Left Each Be So Sure?

    By David Margolis

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ed. Note: Former Jewish Journal Senior Writer David Margolis died July 17 at the age of 62 in Israel, where he had lived for the past 11 years. Most recently, Margolis wrote for The Jerusalem Report, where this column, one of his last, originally appeared.

    Some months ago, at a kind...

  • A Student Oasis on the Rise

    By Amy Klein

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Entering university can be a tough transition, especially for Israelis, who have probably spent the previous decade of their lives prepping for the army, serving in the army and recovering from the army.

    "Once you get out of the army, everything you used to study, to stand for, is...

  • Letters

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families

    Kol hakavod to The Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the wide range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, from those of Jon Hambourger to those of Craig and Cynthia Corrie and Khaled and Samah Nasrallah ("Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished,"...

  • Privatized El Al to Add Saturday Flight

    By Adam Wills

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When 50 Israelis who survived the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami were stranded in Sri Lanka, El Al made good on its commitment to organize and operate rescue missions.

    "When there is a problem, Israelis will go out of their way to help other Israelis," said Nira Dror, the Israeli...

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  • Sunrise, Sundance, Swiftly Fly the Films

    By Amy Klein

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "When you're a falafel king/you're a falafel king all the way/from your first alef-bet/till your last dying day..." OK, maybe that's not exactly how the musical spoof, "West Bank Story," begins, but the short film indeed opens with a cadre of snapping dancers taking on the guys on...

  • Vote Generates Mix of Hope, Wariness

    By Dina Kraft

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Edna Bar-Or wants to be optimistic about the prospects for peace after this week's Palestinian elections, but like many Israelis, she is not sure she can.

    "I very much hope it will bring good," said Bar-Or, 55, surrounded by stacks of laundry and hangers full of pressed shirts at...

  • Jewish Groups Join Quake Relief Efforts

    By Dan Baron

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For thousands of young Israelis, the sun-drenched archipelagos of Southeast Asia were the perfect destination to forget the rigors of military service.

    But this week, that post-Zionist nirvana became a nightmare. The tsunami that swept India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the...

  • Making 2005 a Year of Peace in Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicts 2005 will be the year of peace -- and Israelis, Palestinians and key members of the international community are taking steps to make it happen.

    In a keynote speech last week at the Herzliya Conference on Israel's National Security, Sharon...

  • 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...

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