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  • In Tel Aviv, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales likes Israel but stays neutral

    1 week ago

    In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

    The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody second intifada, or Palestinian...

  • The Washington Dread and Denial Association

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 27, 2015 | 10:41 am

    “Don’t do it!”

    Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don’t open that door at the top of the stairs. Don’t get on that boat. Don’t believe that president, general, journalist, preacher, cop. 

    This packs a punch in a short...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    March 25, 2015 | 10:52 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path...

  • Cartoon: Republican Slogans

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 18, 2015 | 2:36 pm

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  • The Rational Emotions exchange, part 1: Waffling on the fight against terrorism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2015 | 4:02 am

     Eyal Winter, is the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Economics The University of Leicester. His research interests include microeconomics, finance, game theory and behavioral economics.

    This exchange focuses on Winter's...

  • Admitting Our Faults Out Loud

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 23, 2015 | 11:12 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am thinking about life, as usual. The difference is I am not obsessed with my life, rather, I am thinking about the lives of others and the world. I was reading David Brooks in the New York Times this week and he was talking about how we either find...

  • What “Charlie” knows

    By Diana Emuna

    January 11, 2015 | 6:43 am

    Stephane Charbonnier of Charlie Hebdot was unafraid. Charlie Hebdot published cartoons that made fun of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Charbonnier said  he would rather “die on his feet than live on his knees.”  He and his colleagues knew the risks.  They were threatened and their...

  • Terrorism isn’t madness

    December 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    Each time a terrorist act occurs in the world, the specter of madness looms on the horizon.

    On Oct. 22, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally wounded a soldier on Parliament Hill in Ottawa before being shot by the police. A Muslim convert and a drug addict, he didn’t have any...

  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 26, 2014 | 11:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Enough Is Enough: Fighting For The Soul of Our Country

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 28, 2014 | 9:49 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I ponder the events of the past two weeks, I am scared for the future of our country and our world. Not scared that we will no longer exist, rather, that all we will do is exist! This fear comes from Ferguson, Har Nof, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Damascus,...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Foxman one on one: anti-Semitism, BDS and Mel Gibson

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Over the past 20 years, I’ve accused Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham H. Foxman of being an alarmist, an opportunist, even a hypocrite. 

    I mocked his outspoken campaign against Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” saying it just helped boost the snuff film’s box office. I...

  • Fashion and Feminism: Oscar de la Renta

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 22, 2014 | 6:38 pm

    Brigham Young correctly observed, "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Oscar de la Renta proved that a business that empowers women is poised for success.

    Fashion has always been attacked by those who simplify and categorize too...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • The secret of Warren Bennis’s success

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the...

  • Israel quickly goes back to ‘grumbling as usual’ mode

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 5, 2014 | 3:27 am

    As I write on Aug. 5, as the battle winds down and another attempt at a cease-fire begins, the troops are getting ready for the battle of the aftermath. If there was a mishap, we need to know who’s at fault; if there’s a victory, someone is going to want the credit; if there’s an...

  • Elan Carr’s bumpy political road to D.C.

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 25, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Elan Carr’s road to Washington, D.C., leads through Torrance. And while that South Bay city is mostly topographically flat, for Republican Carr, the path will likely be steep and rocky.

    Carr, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, finished first in the primary in the 33rd...

  • Crushing dissent in America

    By Dennis Prager

    April 30, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Something unprecedented in American history is taking place. Debate on almost every subject of significance is being choked off. People who only six years ago had “Dissent Is Patriotic” stickers affixed to their bumpers are now crushing dissent.

    This is a generalization with...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • One God, one vote

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 21, 2014 | 10:06 am

    I wonder if Tavis Smiley got the same Happy Passover mailer from Amy Howorth that I did.

    Mr. Smiley and I are neighbors in California’s 26th State Senate District, which includes coastal Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.  Amy Howorth, the mayor of Manhattan Beach,...

  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 4, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief...

  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 2, 2014 | 9:19 am

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

  • This week in power: Word fight and prison meals

    By Danny Groner

    January 22, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    'Nazi' ban?
    "Israel is on the brink of banning the N-word. N as in Nazi, that is," reported The New York Times. The proposal gained preliminary approval last week that would make it a...

  • This week in power: Sharon’s death and Berlin brawl

    By Danny Groner

    January 15, 2014 | 7:57 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Sharon legacy
    After many years of a much-watched coma, Ariel Sharon passed away last weekend, leading to an assortment of reactions to the former prime minister's life from around the...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

  • This week in power: Anelka gesture and Israel in the new year

    By Danny Groner

    January 1, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Anti-Semitism on the pitch?
    A joke gone too far has upset Jewish groups around the world after French soccer star Nicolas Anelka made a stiff-armed salute following a goal that many...

  • This week in power: Temple Mount tension and journalists targeted

    By Danny Groner

    December 4, 2013 | 7:24 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ruckus on the Mount
    "A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old...

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