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  • N.J. man accused of spying for Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The arrest this week of a retired a New Jersey man on charges of transmitting classified information to Israel two decades ago shows how the Jonathan Pollard spy case continues to haunt the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Ben-Ami Kadish, a former U.S. Army engineer, was scheduled to appear...

  • Hello, Shalom

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 13, 2008 | 5:53 pm

    I had no desire to see Shalom Hanoch in concert. I had never even heard of the guy.

    But my co-worker, an Israeli ex-pat who was a young woman during Hanoch’s heydey, insisted that I come with her to his Saturday night, March 8 concert at the Avalon in Hollywood. She wanted to...

  • Egypt-Israel love fatwa highlights split on peace

    By al-Qatb

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli Arab woman sent an e-mail some weeks ago to Sheikh Farahat Al-Mongy, an Islamic scholar from Egypt, complaining that her Egyptian husband, who used to live with her in Israel, had decided to break up their marriage and leave Israel for good.

    News of the broken marriage...

  • OneVoice, one heart, one mind

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    OneVoice

    Arthur Cohn's recent guest opinion on OneVoice and Mideast peace is hopelessly rooted in the thinking of past generations ("OneVoice Speaks Mistakenly on Achieving Peace," Nov. 16).

    The idea that Palestinians intentionally kill innocent Israelis, but Israelis only...
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  • Attention Israelis: Please stop kvetching

    By Larry Derfner

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Excerpt from Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    Click on the BIG ARROW to view.

    ::::::::::::::::::::: Security in Israel now is about as good as it gets. Suicide bombings have become a rarity; just the threat...
  • Israelis, Palestinians deserve US/Euro push for peace

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, I read excerpts from a speech given in Israel by professor Robert Aumann, an Israeli who emigrated from the United States and who won last year's Nobel Prize in Economics.

    The thrust of Aumann's speech was that he doubted that Israel would survive another half...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • Happy Rosh Hashanah: swastika flags fly over SoCal, Florida highways

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Swastikas were found flying from highway overpasses in Los Angeles and northern San Diego County, as well as in Orlando, Fla., just before the Jewish New Year. Calls began coming in to law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles at around 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 22, saying flags with...
  • Iconic Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, 77

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West.
     
    Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and...
  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass' admission that he was an SS member has drawn both rage and defenses of the writer.

    While some say the revelation devalues his life's work, others are showing more understanding for the pressures faced by the...

  • For Ilan, a Eulogy

    By Judea Pearl

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This week marks the shloshim, the 30th day following the death of Ilan Halimi, murdered by French anti-Semites in a Paris suburb.

    "Pour Ilan" -- this is what the sign says, held by demonstrators in a quiet march, in Paris, in your memory. Pour Ilan, Ilan Halimi, my newly fallen...

  • Harmony on the Table at Interfaith Events

    By Reina V. Slutske

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the Islamic Center of Southern California, each table had a word. There was "family," "social action," "prayer," "rituals" and "holidays." Participants were asked to move to the table that reflected how they viewed their faith.

    The exercise was part of the second annual...

  • U.S. Studios Court Israeli Programmers

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Danna Stern, head of acquisitions at YES, Israel's only television satellite company, was surprised to see that Mark Burnett, reality TV guru and producer of hit shows like "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," had only one framed press clipping in his office: a feature on him that had...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • Divestment Bad for Israelis, Palestinians

    By Rev. Mark D. Stuart

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the past year, several mainline American church bodies have favored divesting their assets from companies doing business with Israel. As an

    Anglican priest, I find this very disturbing, especially so when my own American branch of Anglicanism (The Episcopal Church) has considered...

  • Goodbye Morag

    By Yaakov Katz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This tiny settlement near the shores of the Mediterranean, in its last days of existence, has been torn into unhappy -- and often angry -- factions this week as Israeli security forces loitered around its sandy streets, together with hundreds of activists.

    The soldiers are here to...

  • Netanyahu Resigns Over Gaza

    By Leslie Susser

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation from the Israeli Cabinet may have come too late to scuttle Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank, but it seems almost certain to change the face of Israeli politics.

    Leaving the Finance Ministry just 10 days before the...

  • Center Court

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the Mercedes-Benz Cup doubles final last Sunday at UCLA, the clumps of Israelis in the grandstands waved their blue-and-white flags between points and yelled out encouragement in Hebrew. They were cheering on the team of Yoni Erlich and Andy Ram, who had reached the finals by...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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