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  • Flotilla to break Gaza blockade leaves last port

    5 days ago

    A flotilla of boats planning to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip left a Greek port.

    The five Freedom Flotilla III boats, which left Crete on Thursday, are scheduled to arrive near the Gaza coast in three days.

    The boats are carrying solar panels and medical...

  • Cryptic first Strauss-Kahn tweet ignites imaginations

    5 days ago

    If you were a disgraced politician accused of pimping and rape in a trial that revealed your fondness for anal sex and orgies with young women, what would be your first message to the world after your acquittal?

    For Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former finance minister of France and...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Mad Men’ Day, Jewish World Watch and more

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    The City of Los Angeles declared June 17 “ ‘Mad Men’ Day” and honored the popular television show’s creator, Matt Weiner, during a ceremony at City Hall.

    City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, whose office led the proceedings, welcomed Weiner and more than 20 members of the show’s...

  • Additional Druze arrested in ambulance attack

    5 days ago

    Three more Druze Israelis have been arrested in two attacks on ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals, including one that left a Syrian dead.

    The arrests early on Thursday come a day after the arrests of five people from the village of Majdal Shams on the Golan...

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  • Bipartisan panel, including onetime Iran deal defenders, urges improvements

    5 days ago

    A bipartisan panel of former government officials including some of the most steadfast defenders of the Iran-nuclear talks led by the Obama administration say the emerging deal falls short of a satisfactory plan.

    “We know much about the emerging agreement,” said the statement,...

  • How to make rose ice cubes

    By Jonathan Fong

    5 days ago

    Could this be the coolest idea ever? Ice cubes with roses frozen inside will add a glamorous and festive touch to any summer party. They’re also ideal for bridal and baby showers or a romantic dinner for two. Place them in an ice bucket for chilling wine, champagne or sodas, and...

  • To mark ‘Seinfeld’ streaming debut, Hulu recreates Jerry’s apartment

    5 days ago

    Every episode of “Seinfeld” – from the “The Soup Nazi” to the “The Summer of George” – is now streaming on the website Hulu, one of Netflix’s top competitors. To promote the debut of its prize acquisition, Hulu recreated Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic apartment space and a few other...

  • Palestinians submit first case material against Israel to Hague court

    5 days ago

    The Palestinian Authority made its first submission of evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court on Thursday, trying to speed up an ICC inquiry into abuses committed during last year's Gaza conflict.

    The move may leave Israel in a quandary since...

  • U.S. lawmakers step up warnings against ‘weak’ Iran deal

    5 days ago

    As talks on an Iran nuclear deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a "weak" agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international pact.

    Several influential lawmakers said they...

  • Beyond Iran and Gaza, Israel has socioeconomic worries too

    5 days ago

    With news focused on Gaza, Iran and the West Bank, it can be easy to forget that Israel has problems within its borders, too. Though Israelis rarely do. Thankfully, we now have a 62-page booklet full of graphs and charts to remind us.

    Published last week by the Taub Center for...

  • Muslim and Jewish Jerusalemites break bread together

    5 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    As the call to prayer marking the end of the day-long Ramadan fast echoed from a nearby mosque, the two dozen people sat down and began eating. There were many traditional Arab foods, and conversation flowed easily. It looked...

  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds key Obamacare insurance subsidies

    5 days ago

    The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday by upholding tax subsidies crucial to his signature healthcare law, with Chief Justice John Roberts saying Congress clearly intended for them to be available in all 50 states.

    The court ruled on a...

  • My last 5 comments on the Michael Oren storm

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    1.

    In the big debate about Michael Oren's book, discussants often have a tendency to confuse three different topics that should be talked about separately.

    A. Is the book factually accurate?

    B. Is Oren's analysis valid?

    C. Was it OK for Oren to publish the book?

    I do not...

  • Making a Kosher Deal With Iran

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    5 days ago

    As the June 30th agreement deadline approaches, it has me wondering how the P5+1 will guarantee Iran doesn’t obtain nuclear weapons. While my work as a rabbi doesn’t include agreements and safeguards on nuclear nonproliferation — though I did study that in university back in the...

  • An Israeli Soldier Defended Israel in Front of The Human Rights Subcommittee of the EP

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    In response to an address by anti-IDF group Breaking the Silence speaking on behalf of the Palestinian lobby to the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament, StandWithUs sent Matan Katzman, a Deputy Company Commander to address the lawmakers.

    Matan is SWU's Campus...

  • Many in Boston unmoved by marathon bomber’s apology

    6 days ago

    Before he was sentenced to death on Wednesday, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court for his role in the attack and its aftermath that claimed four lives and injured 264.

    But few in Boston, from the survivors of the April 15, 2013 attack to the city's...

  • Poem: Souvenir

    6 days ago

    In Kraków’s marketplace, the kiosks vend             
    carved men at thirty złotys each:  a Jew                 
    who grips the Torah in his wooden hands,             
    a beggar Jew, a bobble-headed Jew                        
    whose body sways and nods with just a pull         ...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? No, protect free speech

    6 days ago

    Should a major university system have a particular definition of anti-Semitism?

    That’s what is being asked of the University of California’s Board of Regents. Two dozen groups, led by the AMCHA Initiative, want the regents to adopt the definition used by the U.S Department of...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? Yes, adopt the State Dept. version

    6 days ago

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents:

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the alarming...

  • LAUSD Mandarin immersion program expansion sparks backlash

    By Bill Boyarsky

    6 days ago

    "It’s really been an L.A. story,” said Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board member Steve Zimmer, who is in the middle of a classic Los Angeles conflict that reflects the city’s many cultures and tensions. 

    The dispute is taking place in West Los Angeles, in an area...

  • Israel links ratifying nuclear test ban to Iran ties

    6 days ago

    Israel wants Iranian recognition before it ratifies an international ban on nuclear bomb tests, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, in a rare public discussion of terms for upgrading from signatory status.

    Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty...

  • Turkey confirms ‘secret’ talks with Israel

    6 days ago

    Turkey confirmed it is negotiating with Israel on a deal to improve relations between the two countries, which have been tense since 2010, when Israel raided the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish boat seeking to break the Gaza blockade.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

  • Confidence in Obama falls dramatically in Israel

    6 days ago

    While President Barack Obama remains popular in most countries, the sharpest decline in his image occurred in Israel, according to a new survey.

    In Israel, confidence in Obama on world affairs fell from 71 percent to 49 percent in the last year, according to the 2015 Spring Pew...

  • Israeli farmer beaten to death, reportedly by Palestinians

    6 days ago

    An Israeli farmer died at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center after being found severely beaten in a field.

    The 60-year-old Rehovot resident was discovered Wednesday afternoon in central Israel after reportedly having been beaten by Palestinians who had crossed into Israel without permits, the Times of Israel reported.

    The farmer died of injuries several hours after arriving at the hospital.

    The motives of his assailants have not been determined.

  • The University of California should stand for free speech

    6 days ago

    On the surface, the UC system adopting a definition of anti-Semitism seems like a no-brainer. After all, the University should oppose all forms of racism and discrimination, and have meaningful definitions to guide its policies of enforcement. However, the definition of...

  • Unrestricted gun culture needs to stop — now

    By Ellie Herman

    6 days ago

    This past year, I led an after-school class on argument and critical reasoning with a group of gifted eighth-graders in Compton. The final was an in-class debate on gun control. There were passionate arguments on both sides, which is what I’d hoped for, and as the kids prepared, I...

  • One question for Michael Oren

    By Rob Eshman

    6 days ago

    Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is coming to Los Angeles this week to speak about his new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” and I’m going to miss him. 

    I was invited to be Oren’s on-stage interviewer at his appearance at the Richard Nixon...

  • Israel cancels Gazans’ entry permits for Ramadan following rocket attack

    6 days ago

    Israel canceled the permits allowing some 500 Gaza Palestinians to enter Israel and pray on the Temple Mount for Ramadan following a rocket attack from the coastal strip.

    The coordinator of government activity in the territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, told the Palestinian...

  • Gay-rights pioneer, playwright Kramer subject of new HBO doc

    By Avishay Artsy

    6 days ago

    When young gay men began dying in 1981 of a rare form of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma, waves of shock and fear spread throughout the gay community. The media coined the term “GRID,” for gay-related immune deficiency, until the term “AIDS” replaced it the following year. 

    ...
  • Boston bomber apologizes, admits guilt for deadly 2013 attack

    6 days ago

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing, and a U.S. judge formally sentenced him to death for killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath.

    "I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the...

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