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  • Spanish reggae festival changes tack, reinvites Matisyahu

    August 19, 2015 | 9:22 am

    A Spanish reggae festival, bowing to an international outcry, on Wednesday reversed its decision to cancel an invitation to American Jewish musician Matisyahu because he had failed to spell out his views on Palestinian statehood.

    The organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash festival...

  • Jewish groups protest cancellation of Matisyahu’s Spanish concert

    August 17, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival cancelled a concert by an American Jewish musician when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his...

  • Matisyahu ousted from Spanish festival for not endorsing Palestinian state

    August 16, 2015 | 9:18 pm

    Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood.

    The Jewish-American reggae singer was scheduled to perform Aug. 22 at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, near Barcelona. But his show was canceled after...

  • Palestinian hunger striker loses consciousness in Israeli hospital

    August 14, 2015 | 11:02 am

    A Palestinian detainee in the ninth week of his hunger strike fell unconscious at an Israeli hospital on Friday in a case that could test Israel's new force-feeding law.

    Mohammed Allan, 31, an Islamic Jihad activist, began the strike after his detention without trial in November....

  • What it’s like to be an Iranian Jew

    By Gina Nahai

    August 12, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Time was, you could claim to be a patriotic Iranian, a supporter of Israel and a lover of the United States all at once and be believed by most Iranians. You could say you were all three things without pretense or contradiction, or the need to rank your loyalties in order of...

  • Palestinian vigilantes patrol villages amid fear of more arson attacks

    August 11, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Armed men stopping cars at checkpoints in the West Bank are usually Israeli security forces policing the territory, but in some areas they are Palestinian civilians patrolling their own villages.

    Fears of attacks by far-right Jews have increased since a Palestinian man and his...

  • Hushed Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation continues

    August 5, 2015 | 4:44 pm

    In the aftermath of back-to-back terrorist attacks – one perpetrated by Jewish terrorists against a Palestinian family, killing an 18-month toddler; and one carried out by a Palestinian terrorist on a mother of three young children – Israeli and Palestinian security officials are...

  • Testing the waters

    August 5, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    I took my 7-year-old, Micha-el, swimming at a neighbor’s last Shabbat. After an unseasonably cool June, July began with the full brunt of summer, and he was thrilled with the invitation. A growing number of Israelis have blow-up pools, thanks to the country’s enormous desalination...

  • The long history of Jewish violence in Israel

    August 5, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Last week’s terrible killing of 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha in Duma, together with the horrific violence at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, left many Jews stunned, repulsed and demoralized. We have inculcated in ourselves — and projected to our children — the belief that whereas...

  • First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

    August 4, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home.

    The suspect, Mordechai Meyer, a resident of a Jewish...

  • After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

    August 3, 2015 | 8:46 am

    The smell of stale smoke wafted from the burnt concrete home now marked by a banner bearing the grinning face of a baby and, in bold red letters, a name: Ali Saad Dawabsha.

    Some 100 Jewish visitors trudged hesitantly under the banner and into the house on Sunday to pay respects...

  • Palestinian baby burned to death, Israel searches for Jewish extremists

    July 31, 2015 | 11:56 am

    After a Palestinian baby was burned to death in a West Bank arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a manhunt to track down the perpetrators.

    Netanyahu said in a statement that the arson Thursday night in the Palestinian West...

  • Shepherds’ Beer taps Palestinian market

    July 28, 2015 | 10:33 am

    Brewed by brothers for friends” is the slogan of Shepherds Beer, the new hand-crafted local brew that was introduced to the Palestinian market recently. A family business based in Birzeit in the West Bank, the brand-new business is overseen by 27-year old Alaa Sayej, oldest of...

  • Palestinian women stymied by suppressed employment opportunity

    July 27, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Despite having higher levels of education than their male counterparts, Palestinian women suffer from one of the lowest rates of female participation in the workforce in the world, according to a report by the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka.

    Less than one in five women...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    July 24, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

  • Hillary Clinton: Two-state solution is ‘best outcome’ for Israelis, Palestinians

    July 23, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday said a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians was the only resolution to the conflict there.

    Clinton, responding to a question from an audience member at an event in South Carolina, said a two-state fix would be the "best outcome" for both Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

    July 20, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an...

  • Israel detains former Palestinian hunger-striker

    July 13, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Israeli police detained a Palestinian militant leader on Monday for questioning over his travel to Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said, a day after he was freed from prison in a deal ending an almost two-month-long hunger strike.

    Khader Adnan of the Islamic Jihad faction was...

  • Israel shuts down Palestinian TV station

    July 10, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    Israel’s public security minister has decreed that a new Palestinian TV station geared towards Israeli Arabs cannot broadcast from Israel for six months.

    Gilad Erdan signed an order on Thursday barring the Palestinian Authority-funded station F48, or Palestine 48, from operating...

  • Hillary Clinton has the answer to BDS

    By David Suissa

    July 9, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    I’ve been thinking for years about the best way to respond to the threat of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. I’ve read pretty much everything on the topic and brainstormed every possible idea, but I’ve never heard anything that really made sense...

  • Letters to the editor: The death penalty, marriage equality, Downtown J and more

    July 8, 2015 | 9:57 am

    Convict Convictions

    I must agree with Dennis Prager regarding the death penalty (“Opponents of the Death Penalty and the Escaped Murderers,” June 19).  

    When the discussion of the death penalty first began in New York, where I lived at the time, a poll was taken of the attitude...

  • Why are liberals bashing Michael Oren?

    By David Suissa

    July 7, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    After interviewing former ambassador Michael Oren last week at the Museum of Tolerance, and reading countless articles attacking him, I think I’ve figured out why his new book, “Ally,” has struck such a sensitive nerve, especially with pro-Obama liberal Zionists.

    In case you’ve...

  • ‘A Borrowed Identity’ an honest look at Arab-Jewish relations

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 25, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    It is one of the paradoxes of Arab-Jewish relations in Israel that some of the best movies on Palestinians as society’s outsiders are made by Jewish directors.

    On the other hand, Palestinian directors frequently draw more balanced pictures of their Jewish “occupiers” than do some...

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

    June 24, 2015 | 11:49 am

    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...

  • Israeli killed, another wounded in West Bank shooting

    June 19, 2015 | 10:12 am

    An Israeli hiker was killed and another wounded in the West Bank on Friday in an attack apparently carried out by a Palestinian gunman, a hospital spokeswoman and security forces said.

    Police and the military said the attack took place near the Jewish settlement of Dolev in the...

  • Using early Zionists’ script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    June 16, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose.

  • Israeli, Palestinian economies to grow by billions with two-state solution

    June 8, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    Israel’s economy would gain $120 billion and the Palestinian economy some $50 billion over the next decade in a two-state solution, a study has found.

    A peace agreement could also see Palestinian income rise by 36 percent and Israeli by 5 percent, according to the Rand Corp. ...

  • U.N. report cites Israel crimes against children, no consensus on listing

    June 5, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    U.N. agencies in Israel and the Palestinian territories reported an alarming number of child victims in last year's war in the Gaza Strip but were split on whether Israel should be put on a list of violators of children's rights, a U.N. document said.

    The 22-page confidential...

  • Obama is hurt? So is Israel

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about how President Barack Obama feels hurt and misunderstood by Israel and by many Jews in the pro-Israel community. The storyline is that those Jews simply don’t appreciate how “Jewish” the president really is and how much he cares for the Jews...

  • Who won the Six-Day War?

    June 4, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Forty-eight years ago, on June 5, 1967, I sat in a malben, a home for the elderly, on the border of Jerusalem, at 106 Chevron St. in Talpiot. How did I get there? After graduating college, I went to Israel to study in a yeshiva before entering rabbinical school. We studied Talmud...

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