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  • Obama's note at the Western Wall asks for God's guidance [VIDEO]

    July 25, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    The Western Wall rabbi has condemned an Israeli newspaper for publishing a note Barack Obama left in the Wall.

    Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, visited Israel this week, and before leaving early Thursday morning, prayed at the Wall, the largest remnant of...

  • Sderot welcomes Obama

    By Dina Kraft

    July 25, 2008 | 1:34 am

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA) – At the New Age Beauty Salon in a run-down strip mall here, the manicurist and hairdresser swap opinions of Barack Obama, the latest in a series of high-profile visitors to come through this southern Israeli town.

    "Is there a chance I'll be able to give him a...

  • Obama world tour strikes gold

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 24, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Be careful what you wish for.  John McCain practically dared Barack Obama to go to Iraq, and he did, with a vengeance.  He has been on a world tour, going to three key areas Iraq and Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting; to Europe, location of America’s principal allies; and...

  • Ich bin ein Amerikaner

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 24, 2008 | 12:49 am

    "The world is waiting to love America again" ran the title of a recent London Observer editorial anticipating Barack Obama's visit to Europe.

    Love may be too strong a word to describe the world's feelings for America when George W. Bush was first sworn in as president, but not by...

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  • Green transit, Hollywood Jew, New Yorker cover

    July 24, 2008 | 12:00 am

    Take Back L.A.

    I'm pleased Rob Eshman plans to get involved in making local transportation better ("Take Back L.A.," July 11).

    This is prime time for action, with the push for a new half-cent sales tax that would fund a subway extension and many other transit and highway projects...
  • Obama sounds both hawkish and dovish themes in Israel, Jordan

    July 23, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA)—During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process.

    In meetings with several Israeli leaders Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed his...

  • Obama’s support lags previous Dems, poll finds

    July 23, 2008 | 3:16 am

    As he headed to Israel and the Palestinian Authority earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama told reporters that as president, he would begin working on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal from his first day in office. The presumptive Democratic candidate said, however, that both sides...
  • Now that Obama is in Israel, what should we expect?

    July 23, 2008 | 1:40 am

    Latest:

    Barack Obama arrived in Israel and stressed the historic ties between the United States and the Jewish state.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is on a Middle East and European tour aimed at shoring up his foreign policy credentials.

    “I want input and...

  • Copycat bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem injures 28

    July 22, 2008 | 4:31 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—In an imitation of an attack nearly three weeks ago, an Arab construction worker rampaged through the streets of Jerusalem on a bulldozer, crushing cars and hitting a bus before being shot dead by Israeli border police.

    At least 16 people were injured in the attack...

  • Kuntar’s release reveals true evil of Iran’s regime

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 17, 2008 | 1:53 pm

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    (left to right; Released PLO Terrorist Samir Kuntar and Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah)

    Israel is in mourning today after yesterday’s exchange of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev for notorious PLO terrorist Samir Kuntar, four other terrorists and...

  • Fear of an Obama Planet grips some Americans

    July 17, 2008 | 12:55 am

    As soon as I saw The New Yorker cover spoofing right-wing fear mongering over Barack and Michelle Obama, my first thought was that my friend, Sanjay, in Mumbai, India, had a point about Americans and stupidity.

    What was it but stupidity that left so many Americans gullible to...

  • Briefs: Ahmadinejad to attend U.N. summit, Obama to visit PA, Israel

    July 17, 2008 | 12:39 am

    Ahmadinejad to Attend U.N. Summit

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans again to attend this year's summit at the United Nations in New York. The Iranian president told state television Monday he will fly to New York in September for the annual gathering of international leaders at the U.N....

  • The L.A. Times ‘frames’ the Presidential race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 16, 2008 | 11:08 pm

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    Last Sunday (July 13), the Los Angeles Times ran an article on the 2008 campaign that I feel bound to comment upon. It was in the right hand column, front page, prime location. It was a perfect example of something called framing. The title: "Obama, McCain agree on many...
  • Beyond sicko

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 16, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Because this was happening a short taxi ride from the White House, I half expected someone from Dick Cheney's office to burst in at any moment, grab the microphone and proclaim the conference kaput, dissolved like an inconvenient parliament.

    "I think this may be the best day of my...

  • The L.A. Times ‘frames’ the Presidential race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 14, 2008 | 5:45 pm

    This Sunday, the Los Angeles Times ran an article on the 2008 campaign that I feel bound to comment upon.  It was in the right hand column, front page, prime location.  It was a perfect example of something called framing.  The title: "Obama, McCain agree on many once-divisive...
  • Briefs: Obama to visit Israel this month, Hezbollah swap inches forward

    July 9, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    Obama to Visit Israel This Month

    The presumptive Democratic Party candidate Sen. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on July 22 or 23 for a two- or three-day visit, Yediot Achronot reported.

    Obama, who is seen as keen to boost his security credentials and support among...

  • The Jewish Vote: Bush, Israel and Iran

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 9, 2008 | 10:05 pm

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    As the Bush presidency winds down, there are probably only two things that could make a difference in the November election. American forces could capture Osama bin Laden, or we could end up in a war with Iran.

    Certainly, bin Laden's capture would be popular. The political...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Getting ready for November’s elections

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 8, 2008 | 3:08 am

    More than 300 young professionals members of the local Iranian Jewish “30 Years After” organization gathered at a private residence in Beverly Hills late last month to encourage political activism in the community.

    Our blog’s podcast caught up with a number of young professionals at the event who shed light on how Southern California’s Iranian Jews will most likely be voting in the 2008 presidential race.

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Podcast: Iranian Jews on Obama and McCain

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 7, 2008 | 3:39 am

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    L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca speaks to young Iranian Jews

    More than 300 young professionals members of the local Iranian Jewish “30 Years After” organization gathered at a private residence in Beverly Hills to encourage political activism in the community on June 25th. Our...

  • The traveling candidates

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 3, 2008 | 3:39 pm

    As John McCain finishes his tour of Colombia and Mexico, Barack Obama is making plans for a trip to Israel, Iraq, France, England, and Jordan.  Smart for Obama, not so smart for McCain. 

    Obama needs to be seen as credible on the world stage, and McCain needs to be seen as somebody...

  • Keep religion out of presidential politics

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    Since last summer, when I volunteered for a Barack Obama event, I have received many nonsensical e-mails and heard many nonsensical arguments -- from friends and family as well as on TV -- about Sen. Obama's alleged lack of allegiance to the United States of America. Bias and...
  • The next president’s gums

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 3, 2008 | 11:31 am

    It's surprising that 40 years passed between the Nixon-Kennedy debates in 1960, which won the largest viewing audience in television history until then, and the airing of the first season of "Survivor," a monster hit that launched the "reality" boom that's dominated television ever...
  • VIDEO: Mayor Bloomberg urges Florida Jews to fight Obama rumors

    June 20, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Jewish voters in Florida to disregard damaging rumors about presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Dean Reynolds reports.

     

  • AIPAC, Persian tragedy, Christian support for Israel

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    AIPAC

    Do You think it is fair and balanced news to print only Sen. John McCain's comments to AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]?

    I listened to Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hilary Clinton's comments and feel they deserve the same coverage in The Jewish Journal ("...
  • Volume 23, Number 17

    June 15, 2008 | 8:35 pm

  • The torch has been passed

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 12, 2008 | 6:15 pm


  • 2008: The contest for the Jews

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    With Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession on Saturday, the real race begins. In the struggle between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), there will be a fierce competition for Jewish support. Seeing potential weakness in Obama's Jewish flank, McCain will work...
  • Birthright Israel, sex and the column

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Birthright Israel

    Your idea of creating multiple levels of free services and programs for various Jewish groups is brilliant ("Free at Last," June 6). In retrospect, and l'havdil, we should take a lesson from Hamas and Hezbollah. What gives these organizations their popular support...
  • Hillary withdraws—the end of the beginning

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 8, 2008 | 11:13 am

    Now that Hillary Clinton has issued her long-awaited and full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama, the extended first phase of the 2008 race is over.  There is a slight feeling of anti-climax as we wind up for the big one.  On the Democratic side, the semi-finals were monstrously...

  • Will ‘President Obama’ be good for Israel?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 8, 2008 | 1:01 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Although Israeli officialdom is not commenting on the possibility of a Barack Obama presidency, in private some officials in Jerusalem are expressing mixed feelings about the prospect.

    There are concerns in some government quarters that Obama (D-Ill.), the...

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