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  • Partners in Dysfunction

    By James D. Besser

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel and the United States have a lot more in common these days, and it's not just because the Bush administration has apparently adopted an Israeli military tactic they previously criticized: targeted assassinations.

    That became apparent last week when a CIA-operated drone plane...

  • Population Study Poses New Challenges

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    America's Jewish population declined by 5 percent during the past 10 years, according to a new survey, a trend that is likely to continue given the community's aging population and low birth rates.

    The number of Jews now stands at 5.2 million, down from 5.5 million in 1990, even as...

  • Your Letters

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hamilton High

    Regarding the situation at Hamilton High School ("Hamilton High's Sour Note," Sept. 20), where one of our children is a student, let's get clear about several facts that were omitted from your article. First, this is not a Jewish issue. There are Jews and non-Jews on...

  • Top Cops Patrol Israel Beat

    By Mike Levy

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I went with police one night on patrol on Ben Yehuda Street," recalled Irvine Police Chief Michael Berkow. "There was a rock concert that night, about 20,000 people on the street, probably 80 percent 13, 14, 15, 16 years old, the rest parents with toddlers.

    "We had all heard their...

  • Your Letters

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Withholding Funds

    We are writing in support of the opinion expressed by Steve Berman opposing the policy of United Jewish Communities (UJC) supporting settlers living beyond what will be the revised Green Line ("Withholding Our Funds From Territories," Aug. 30).

    For almost 50...

  • Your Letters

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Time for Hitler

    Well, Hitler, has made it to prime time ("Prime Time for Hitler," Aug. 2). How about a joint project about the life and times of Yasser Arafat? However, we will need to determine his true story, or should we just file his under TV fiction? Why not do a...

  • Hurray for Bush!

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush's call for a change in Palestinian leadership as a step toward Palestinian statehood is being praised by American Jewish leaders and analysts as historic.

    Some questioned how complete a road map Bush had laid out in his long-awaited Mideast policy speech June 24. (For...

  • Stand With Us

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Tell the truth, don't you think we need to create a wall between Israel and the Palestinians?"

    "Be honest, don't you think the United States should send in peacekeeping troops?"

    I'll tell the truth. I'm uncomfortable with American Jews, rising from spiritual slumber to suggest...

  • Toxic Crusaders

    By Beverly Gray

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Sherman Oaks resident Robina Suwol drove her two sons to school in the Valley March 1998, she didn't know she was about to become a crusader. The events of that morning kicked off a chain of events resulting in the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) new integrated...

  • Sharon’s New Fan Club

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to know how things have changed in the Middle East, try this one: even State Department Arabists are saying nice things about Ariel Sharon. And they're taking the name of Yasser Arafat in vain.

    The hawkish former general they once feared has surprised critics who were...

  • Sharon Agrees to Let Peres Negotiate

    By David Landau

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's policy of "no talks under fire" is increasingly coming under fire within Israel.

    Initially, Sharon's refusal to hold diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority until Palestinian violence against Israel ceases completely was supported by Israelis...

  • Lieberman’s Next Story

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I saw Arthur Goldberg the other night at USC. The late Supreme Court justice died in 1990, but his ghost surely hung over the Trojan campus Wednesday during Sen. Joseph Lieberman's speech at the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Two great...

  • Bush Administration Feels Its Way

    By James D. Besser

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you had to pick a word to summarize the mood among American Jewish leaders as they watch the Bush administration deal with surging Israeli-Palestinian violence, it is this: uncertainty.

    President George W. Bush and his foreign policy team have been sending some extraordinarily...

  • Different Tactics

    By Naomi Segal

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made anything clear during his visit this week to Israel and the Palestinian-controlled city of Ramallah, it was that things have changed since President Clinton left office.

    First, there was the duration of his visit -- one day -- with...

  • Israel 101

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As Israel faces a continuing crisis, people who reach different conclusions about what course the country should take seem to agree on one point: not enough people, Jews and non-Jews, know the basics about Israel, the Palestinians, and the conflict in which they are locked. For...

  • The Battle for Peace

    By Helen Davis

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The acid test for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came last week when he made his fateful visit to the White House to discuss Bill Clinton's framework agreement -- a roadmap designed to set the parameters for negotiating the tough issues that separate Israel and the Palestinians....

  • Ashcroft or Not

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Something's fishy in Noah's Ark.

    President-elect George W. Bush has managed in a very short time to pull together a cabinet that is as diverse as America -- if America had no Jews. His Cabinet nominees include two African Americans, two Hispanics, one Asian American, one Arab...

  • Ramah’s Policy in Black and White

    By Eric J

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.

    The notification, included in this year's...

  • Breaking Away

    By Julie Wiener

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is setting itself apart from Israel and most other American Jewish organizations in its refusal to boycott Austria.

    "I don't think the way you deal with the problem" of Joerg Haider's extreme-right Freedom Party participation in Austria's governing...

  • Hostile Takeover

    By Julie G Fax

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Conservative leaders are outraged and dispirited after an administrative dispute led United Synagogue, the umbrella organization for Conservative synagogues, to dismiss the officers of the Pacific Southwest regional board and attempt to freeze the region's bank accounts...
  • A Debate on Focus

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish community leaders across the country are buzzing nervously these days about a family feud within the Jewish philanthropic world that could help shape the political profile of American Jewry for years. It's one of those spats where both sides are a little bit right and a little...
  • Around Town

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Waiting for the X

    By Rina Szwarc

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To please Holocaust survivors and Jewish advocacy groups or to please the insurance companies. That's the question Gov. Gray Davis faces this week as Assembly Bill 600 sits on his desk, awaiting his approval.

    Advocates for the measure -- which includes the Jewish Federation of Greater...

  • Barak’s Tough Choices

    By Larry Derfner

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tens of thousands of happy secularists who danced Election Night away in Rabin Square may have thought they'd "taken back the country" from the right-wing and religious, but according to all the signs, incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak has a surprise in store for them.

    Not only...

  • Backing Up Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that European companies can be sued in California courts for nonpayment of life insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    The specific case involves a $135 million suit against the giant Generali Insurance...

  • Pursuing Holocaust Claims

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A new sophisticated computer database may help the heirs of Holocaust victims receive the benefits of insurance policiestaken out by long-deceased relatives.

    Major European insurance companies have refused torelease benefits to such policies, believing them heir-less. Butparticipants...

  • A No-Win Position

    By Larry Derfner

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Labor Party leader Ehud Barak said that unless the opposition waited a decent interval before attacking Netanyahu politically, "it could be interpreted as if we were defending Arafat, even though this is not true -- we are defending the State of Israel."

    Barak went out of his way to...

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