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  • ‘60 Minutes’ slammed on segment on Christians in Israel

    April 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Thousands of Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel have bombarded CBS executives with complaints about a “60 Minutes” segment that blamed Israel for the exodus of Christians from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    In the segment that aired Sunday, correspondent Bob Simon, Palestinian...

  • Berman’s Israeli investor visa bill: a small (and problematic) fix

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    This entry takes a closer look at a bill mentioned near the end of the run-down of the race in the 30th district that appears in the newest issue of the Jewish Journal.

    When Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) introduced a bill that would allow certain Israeli entrepreneurs to apply for...

  • Oren holds Hispanic outreach event

    December 15, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, hosted Hispanic leadership for a cultural evening, the latest in a series of engagements with U.S. minorities.

    Oren on Wednesday dined at his residence with about 65 Hispanic leaders from Congress, the Obama administration and...

  • N.J. Gov. Christie says he’s headed to Israel in ‘12

    October 25, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Chris Christie said he will travel to Israel as part of his first official overseas trip as New Jersey governor.

    Christie made the announcement Monday after meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, The Star-Ledger reported. 

    “We look forward to...

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  • ‘Irvine 11’ attorneys appeal conviction

    October 20, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Attorneys for 10 Muslim students convicted of disrupting a speech given by Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine last year, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, arguing that the law used to convict the students was “vague and unconstitutional.”

    The students — three from UC Riverside...

  • Opinion: Avoid zero-sum thinking

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 27, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    The journalist Robert Wright argues in his book “Nonzero” that communication, cooperation and trust increase the likelihood that humans can avoid that favored term of game theorists: the zero-sum game. Whereas greater complexity and nuance allow us to avoid the zero-sum trap, the...

  • ‘Irvine 11’ verdict keeps debate going

    September 27, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    When all is said and done, there has been no final resolution in the “Irvine 11” case, which for more than a year has divided Jews and Muslims as well as the Jewish community itself.

    After an Orange County jury deliberated for two days and found 10 Muslim students guilty of two...

  • ‘Irvine 11’ students found guilty [UPDATE: SENTENCING]

    September 23, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    [UPDATED: 3:00 p.m.]  This story has been updated to add the recent sentencing of the convicted students.

    After two days of deliberation, the jury in the “Irvine 11” case returned a verdict. An Orange County jury on Friday found 10 Muslim students guilty of two misdemeanors,...

  • Verdict reached in 'Irvine 11' case [UPDATE]

    September 23, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    UPDATE [11:45 a.m.] All 10 students found guilty on two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to and then disrupting a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine on Feb. 8, 2010. Sentencing will follow later today.

    Wednesday, Sept. 21.
    After...

  • ‘All hands’ needed in September, Oren tells Jewish Dems

    August 11, 2011 | 8:51 am

    Israeli ambassador Michael Oren told Jewish Democrats that Israel needs “all hands on deck” ahead of a Palestinian push for statehood.

    Oren, in a conference call Monday with the National Jewish Democratic Council leadership, also called for bipartisanship, saying it is in...

  • West losing its focus on Iran, Oren says

    July 6, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    Iran is “stealing bases” while the world is preoccupied with other matters, said Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren.

    The West is losing focus on Iran as it grapples with economic problems and the uncertainties of the Arab Spring, Oren said in a call Wednesday with reporters...

  • Oren presents Israel’s priorities for talks

    June 30, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, outlined for Jewish leaders his country’s list of priorities in framing peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Oren, speaking Thursday in a conference call, said Israel was ready to accept President Obama’s outline on May 19 of renewed talks,...

  • 'Irvine 11' plead not guilty in Oren incident

    April 18, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Eleven Muslim students arrested for disrupting a speech by Israeli U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

    The students were arraigned April 15 in Orange County Superior Court on charges of conspiracy to disturb...

  • 'Irvine 11' wants D.A. removed from case

    March 11, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Attorneys representing the Irvine 11 – Muslim college students who face misdemeanor criminal charges over the disruption of a 2010 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UCI – asked a judge to remove the O.C. District Attorney’s office from the case during an arraignment...

  • UPDATED: 100 UC Irvine faculty protest criminal charges against Muslim Students

    February 11, 2011 | 9:45 am

    One hundred faculty members at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have called on Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to drop criminal charges against 11 current and former students arrested in February 2010 for disrupting a public speech by Michael Oren,...

  • Oren hecklers face conspiracy charges

    February 8, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    The Orange County district attorney’s office announced on Feb. 4 that it was filing misdemeanor charges against the 11 students arrested in February 2010 for disrupting a speech by Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, at the University of California, Irvine...

  • Jewish group blasts charges against Irvine 11

    February 8, 2011 | 8:19 am

    The Jewish Voice for Peace is protesting criminal charges brought against 11 Muslim students from two California universities who disrupted a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

    Similar actions by Jewish groups, including their own, resulted in little or no...

  • Protesters who distrupted Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine charged by prosecutors

    February 5, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    From the LATimes.com:

    The Orange County district attorney’s office on Friday charged 11 defendants with conspiring to disrupt a meeting and a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States at UC Irvine last year.

    The move comes after about 50 protesters rallied in front of...

  • Michael Oren, making the case for Obama

    September 7, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    Michael Oren outlines what may be his toughest assignment: Making the case to a skeptical public for a leader who’s hard to pin down.

    Pitching Bibi to the Americans?

    No, that’s an easy one.

    The real problem for the Israeli ambassador to Washington is how to make Israelis...

  • UCI upholds sanction on Muslim Student Union

    September 7, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has upheld its decision to sanction its Muslim Student Union (MSU), though it cut short the group’s yearlong suspension to four months. The group may not officially use university facilities during the fall 2010 quarter, recruit new...

  • Free Debate vs. Political Sport on Campus

    March 11, 2010 | 3:51 pm

    NEW YORK – For many students, political passion is an essential part of the college experience. But, when such passion makes one feel that possessing “truth” justifies silencing others, we are no longer talking about education, but perverted political sport.

    When Michael Oren,...

  • Oren tapped as envoy

    May 4, 2009 | 1:41 pm

    Israel’s new government has selected Michael Oren as its ambassador to Washington.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Oren Sunday night to inform him that he had been selected, according to a statement released Monday from the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Oren, a dual...

  • Michael Oren Picked to Be Israel’s Next US Ambassador

    By Rob Eshman

    May 4, 2009 | 2:22 am

    Why did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu select Michael Oren as Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States?

    That’s a question many among Israel’s political and religious right are asking in the wake of the Princeton-educated historian’s appointment to the country’s most...

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