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  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    2 days ago

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • Joe Lieberman to teach at Y.U.

    2 days ago

    Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, will teach at Yeshiva University during this school year in a position named for him.

    Lieberman was appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service....

  • We will defend Israel

    2 days ago

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

  • Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

    2 days ago

    The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border.

    The request on Thursday came a day after a Thai worker was killed when a mortar fired from Gaza struck the hothouse in which he was working.

    ...
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  • 3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

    2 days ago

    Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place.

    “The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    2 days ago

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

    2 days ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas.

    “The Secretary-General is alarmed to hear that rockets were placed in an UNRWA...

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    2 days ago

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • A prayer for peace

    2 days ago

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • 150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

    2 days ago

    Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

    About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported,...

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

  • Strike on U.N. building in Gaza serving as shelter kills at least 15

    2 days ago

    At least 15 people were killed and 200 injured when Israel shelled a U.N. school in northern Gaza serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians.

    The school in Beit Hanoun affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was hit Thursday, the Ministry of Health in Gaza...

  • FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

    2 days ago

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets.

    “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully...

  • When your child fights in Gaza, this is how it feels

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Jonathan and Daphne Orenshein do not like when an unknown number pops up on their cell phone. 

    Their son, Kevin, 21, operates a tank in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Givati unit and, as of his last report to his parents, was likely headed into a dense Gaza City neighborhood,...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Los Angeles’ reaction to Gazan fighting ranges from anxiety to empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice was at a loss over how to respond to the latest crisis in Israel, namely, the country’s current war with the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of Gaza.

    Then he found out about the Shmira (“Guarding”) Project, an initiative that...

  • AZAL continues air flights to Israel

    3 days ago

    Azerbaijani Airlines has announced it will continue flights to Israel during the current conflict in Gaza.

    The announcement comes as the Federal Aviation Adminstration banned United States airlines from flying in or out of Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, citing...

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    3 days ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.

    The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the...

  • Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

    The administration cited Israeli needs arising from the Gaza war in pressing for the extra funding.

    “The Government of Israel has...

  • Police: Murdered Florida State prof Dan Markel was target

    3 days ago

    Dan Markel, the Florida State University law professor who was murdered in his home, was shot in the head by someone who wanted him dead, police said.

    Police believe Markel, 41, was the “intended target” in last week’s shooting and released the information after neighbors worried...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    3 days ago

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • The immigration debate: Children at the border

    3 days ago

    Earlier this month, when I saw the images from Murrieta of anti-immigration protesters blocking a bus of undocumented women and children, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of the MS St. Louis, the boat of Jewish refugees that attempted to reach America in 1939.

    When I...

  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    3 days ago

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • Poem: Jewish Dream #18

    3 days ago

    The dream is not so simple — learn what is between

    your mouth & God’s ear, feel holy when the ark opens,

    know the history of suffering, when it will suffice,

    how to chant like the sea breaking against rocky shores,

    know all about absence, that a good dish is the experience

    ...
  • Why is this Gaza conflict different? Dead children.

    By Rob Eshman

    3 days ago

    I was a guest on Warren Olney’s “Which Way, L.A.?” on KCRW-FM this past Monday afternoon when the host stumped me. He was speaking with me about the response of the Los Angeles Jewish community to the Gaza war. 

    “Is the reaction any different than in the last two Gaza...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    The University of California Board of Regents on July 16 approved pro-Israel UCLA student Avi Oved as its student regent-designate, a nonvoting position. 

    As a result of the vote, Oved will serve as student regent in 2015-16. In that capacity, he will hold “a student vote on the...

  • If Norman Lear at 92 is what 92 is, I’ll have what he’s having

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 days ago

    It is not widely known that Norman Lear and I have the same mother.

    Norman once called his mother in Bridgeport, Conn., and said, “Mother, I just got this call. The Television Academy is forming a Hall of Fame. And the first inductees are going to be General Sarnoff and Edward R....

  • Voices of LA arts fest brings ethnic, religious diversity to city

    3 days ago

    A new summer cultural arts festival is bringing a fresh Jewish feel to Los Angeles.

    Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts pairs a diverse array of Jewish and non-Jewish artists from all genres and mediums to create new and exciting works with strong local roots. A...

  • Villaraigosa to FAA: Reverse ban on Ben Gurion flights

    3 days ago

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to rescind its ban on U.S. airline carriers flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

    "Having recently returned from Israel," Villaraigosa said in a statement on July 23 to the...

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