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  • Thousands of Israelis protest war’s failure to halt Gaza rockets

    August 14, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    Some 10,000 Israelis protested on Thursday in a Tel Aviv square against what they see as the failure of a five-week Gaza war to decisively halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering on the Palestinian coastal territory.

    Many demonstrators were bused in from parts of...

  • How liberal critics failed Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2014 | 4:21 pm

    If you listen to some prominent liberal critics of Israel, you might think that liberalism in Israel is in a deep coma. For many years now, these critics have been single-mindedly obsessed with one liberal cause: Israel’s failure to make peace with the Palestinians.

    It’s a great...

  • Social media fights my Gaza war

    August 14, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    As a feature journalism teacher for 21 years, I’ve helped students of all backgrounds craft and publish powerful personal pieces that often rallied against racism, homophobia and Islamophobia. So during the month-long Israel/Gaza war, when an Egyptian-American guy who’d aced my...

  • Renewed Israel, Palestinian truce off to shaky start

    August 13, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians renewed a truce that had largely tempered a five-week-old war, but the deal got off to a shaky start on Thursday with rockets from Gaza slamming into Israel and Israel retaliating with air strikes.

    Hamas, which denied involvement in firing some of what...

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  • Cease-fire reportedly extended

    August 13, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    The Israeli and Palestinian delegations reportedly agreed to extend their cease-fire for at least three days, according to several news reports.

    Meanwhile, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday night starting two hours before the...

  • Standing up for Israel on campus

    By Judea Pearl

    August 13, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    It’s going to be a tough year on campus.

    Anti-Israel rallies nationwide indicate that the atmosphere has turned toxic for all of us who love and support Israel.

    But from many conversations with my university colleagues, I know that, despite what we see and read in the media,...

  • Obama’s sit down with Thomas Friedman

    August 12, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Last Friday, President Obama sat down for an interview with NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman about foreign affairs.  Although the topics were broader than the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the topic was broached.  When asked about whether he should be more...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • Abbas’ political power in Gaza seen as war casualty

    August 6, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Prior to the outbreak of the 29-day war between Israel and Hamas and despite the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly was a happy camper having...

  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • Gaza cease-fire holding on second day, talks under way

    August 6, 2014 | 11:22 am

    A Gaza cease-fire was holding on Wednesday as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Islamist Hamas-dominated enclave.

    Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian Authority delegation in...

  • 3 videos that PROVE Hamas fires from civilian areas

    Jewish Journal

    August 5, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Photographers at the New York Times may not have any photos of Hamas terrorists due to Hamas's restriction on journalists' freedom of access, but two video journalists have documented three separate instances of Hamas firing rockets from densely populated civilian areas.

    On July...

  • Guard at checkpoint near Jerusalem stabbed in apparent terror attack

    August 5, 2014 | 8:44 am

    A guard at a security checkpoint outside Jerusalem was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant in a suspected terror attack.

    The attacker fled toward the nearby Arab village of Kfar Azriya following the Tuesday afternoon stabbing near Maaleh Adumim. Police were searching for the assailant in the area. The guard shot at his attacker as he fled.

    The guard is hospitalized in moderate condition, according to Israel Police.

    The attack comes a day after two apparent terror attacks in Jerusalem in which one person was killed and another was seriously injured

  • Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins

    August 5, 2014 | 8:32 am

    Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour cease-fire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.

    Minutes before the truce began at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), Hamas launched a salvo...

  • Israel agrees to Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire, official says

    August 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Israel agreed on Monday to an Egyptian proposal for a three-day ceasefire in a four-week-old Gaza war, to start at 0500 GMT (9 p.m. PST) on Tuesday, an Israeli official said.

    "We agree to begin implementing the Egyptian initiative. If the cease-fire is upheld there will be no...

  • Why Israel is so united

    By David Suissa

    August 4, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    You would think that the global outcry against Israel in the wake of the human devastation of Gaza would have had an effect on Israeli self-esteem. After all, Israelis love to be loved, especially in the cosmopolitan capitals of Europe.

    And yet after four days of hanging out in...

  • Palestinian factions reportedly agree to 72-hour cease-fire

    August 4, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Palestinian factions in Cairo reportedly agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza conflict.

    During that period, Egyptian mediators will work to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas, as well as other groups firing rockets into Israel.

    Israel did not officially confirm...

  • The Israel-Gaza conflict through the eyes of a teen

    August 4, 2014 | 11:52 am

    My name is Shiran, I'm 17 and I live in Israel, in a city named Ashdod. Although summer vacation has started a month ago, I'm closed in my home, instead of going to the beach or meet with friends. Not because I did something wrong, but because I'm an Israeli Jew.

    In the 21st...

  • Soldier shooting at eastern Jerusalem bus stop seen as terror attack

    August 4, 2014 | 8:42 am

    An Israeli soldier in uniform waiting at an eastern Jerusalem bus stop was shot in the stomach in what police said was likely a terror attack.

    The soldier, in his 20s, reportedly is hospitalized in critical condition following Monday’s attack near the Hebrew University campus in...

  • Deadly tractor incident in Jerusalem called terror attack

    August 4, 2014 | 8:36 am

    A tractor rammed a bus and a car, killing one, in Jerusalem, in what police are calling a terrorist attack.

    Police shot and killed the driver of the industrial digger, reportedly a Palestinian man, in the incident Monday on Shmuel HaNavi Street, in north-center Jerusalem.

    The...

  • Israel in trying times: Unity not uniformity

    August 2, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    My friend Candice, a Talmud Professor, recently posted her hope that the fighting ends soon in Israel and Gaza, with a note of concern for her sister in Jerusalem who plans to get married later this month. Her colleague at UCLA, Awad, a Palestinian American, responded that his...

  • Pro-Palestinian protest in Westwood draws thousands, causes Wilshire to shut down

    By Ryan Torok

    August 2, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    [UPDATE – Aug. 4] Law enforcement made one arrest in connection with "sexual battery," according to LAPD-West L.A. Division Officer Hornback. No further details were available.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Department estimated 1,500 people turned out to the event.

    [Aug. 2] On...

  • The dilemma of Israel’s captured soldier

    August 2, 2014 | 11:47 am

    Now that Hamas appears to have achieved one of the central goals of its confrontation with Israel, the capture of a live Israeli soldier, a number of things are likely to follow.

    Hamas is going to trumpet its operation as a success, and that assertion will reach receptive ears...

  • There’s no nuance in hatred

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2014 | 7:34 am

    One of the cherished notions of the intellectual set is the notion of nuance-- the idea that nothing is ever truly black and white. There’s always a complicating factor or two that justifies a more nuanced view of any given situation.

    More often than not, that makes sense. But to...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    July 31, 2014 | 11:53 am

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

    July 30, 2014 | 6:21 pm

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

    The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • Blaming Israel won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    July 30, 2014 | 11:20 am

    How much blame does Israel deserve for the tragic situation it finds itself in? If you listen to thinkers like celebrated author and peace activist David Grossman, quite a bit. 

    “Why, for these past few years,” Grossman asks in the New York Times, “has Israel avoided judicious...

  • UN says ‘enough is enough’ after another Gaza school attack

    July 30, 2014 | 11:16 am

    After another deadly attack on a U.N. school in Gaza sheltering Palestinians from fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, the United Nations declared "enough is enough" on Wednesday and asked – when civilians are warned to leave, where do they go?

    With 1.8 million people...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

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