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  • ‘What have blacks ever done for Jews?’:  Answering the question

    2 days ago

    Except for the absence of Ramadan which is half a year away, this season’s  convergence of Christmas and Hanukkah with Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) makes it such a great time to invoke the ecumenical spirit—especially among African Americans and Jews....

  • Reframing the BDS debate at UCLA

    November 25, 2014 | 11:58 am

    We, the pro-Israel and Jewish student leaders of UCLA are extremely proud of our Jewish and pro-Israel student community. We stand strongly in support of Israel and against the BDS movement that is trying to delegitimize the Jewish state.

    Over the past few weeks a small group of...

  • An unfit, collegiate Israel advocate

    October 13, 2014 | 10:16 am

    I can remember sitting in my high school seminar class, called Modern Israeli History—a class invented, essentially, to equip us with political Israeli defense before we were sent off to college—into what was advertised as the anti-semitic abyss. There were one hundred fifty or...

  • Dear Ryan Kavanaugh: Thank you

    August 11, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Last week, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh became the first major Hollywood executive to publicly oppose a letter condemning Israel signed by Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. "It makes my blood boil," Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter. "As the grandson of Holocaust...

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  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • Pro-Israel, pro-peace rally draws 3,000 in San Francisco

    August 5, 2014 | 10:01 am

    SAN FRANCISCO (j. weekly) — Some 3,000 Israel supporters turned out in downtown San Francisco for a pro-Israel, pro-peace rally.

    The Bay Stands With Israel solidarity rally on Sunday began across the street from San Francisco City Hall, with speakers from Jewish organizations,...

  • Austrian Jews Stage Flashmob

    By tessc

    August 1, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Rather than pursuing the traditional protest route, hundreds of Jewish youths in Vienna staged a flashmob in a major plaza center on Thursday, July 24. Simulating tzeva adom, an early warning radar system that detects incoming rockets fired by Hamas, a siren blasted through the unsuspecting plaza as the flashmob immediately responded with a "duck and cover." Activists held a banner: "In Israel You Have Fifteen Seconds to Save Your Life"

  • Thousands attend pro-Israel rally in Paris

    July 31, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    Thousands of people attended France’s largest pro-Israel rally since the launch of the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive in Gaza.

    The crowd, estimated by police at 8,000, gathered near Israel’s embassy in Paris’ 8th Arrondissement under heavy police guard Thursday, shouting “long...

  • Don’t dismiss California system’s fights over Israel divestment

    July 31, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Experts disagree about who first observed, “academic politics is so vicious because the stakes are so low,” but when it comes to the ongoing student debates about divestment in companies doing business with Israel, the sentence is only half true. The conflicts have been remarkably...

  • In U.S., Gaza conflict reverberates on air and in the streets

    July 29, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    In Europe, the fight over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has prompted violent street battles, firebombs thrown at synagogues and even a mid-game attack against a visiting Israeli soccer team by protesters in Austria.

    In America, it has been more a battle of commentary,...

  • From Dutch situation room, pro-Israel volunteers defend Jewish state on social media

    July 29, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.

    Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel...

  • Violence at pro-Israel rally underscores passion over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Ryan Torok

    July 16, 2014 | 11:11 am

    A sea of bodies jumped up and down to the beat of Israeli dance music. Tiny Israeli flags flapped in the sky. 

    On July 13, an Israel solidarity event organized by Stand With Us and the Israeli American Council (IAC) drew between 1,200 and 2,000 people — depending on who’s...

  • Post-Visit Israeli Opinion of Obama: Better but Far From Great

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 11, 2013 | 7:31 am

    So how is Obama doing among Israelis? I'm not going to rehash the reasons for which this question is important, and I'm not going back to explain the trajectory of Obama's approval ratings in Israel. You can take a look at our graphs and see for yourself what it's been like in the...

  • The Organized American Jewish Community’s Response to President Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 31, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    President Obama’s Jerusalem speech has been praised by most American Jewish Organizations for his eloquent support of Israel, its security, his respect for the historic Jewish attachment to the land of Israel, his tough stand against the Iranian nuclear threat, and his desire to...

  • Poll: Big drop in Israelis who see Obama as pro-Palestinian

    March 29, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The number of Israelis who view President Obama as pro-Palestinian dropped by 20 percent following his first presidential visit to Israel, according to a new poll.

    In the poll, conducted Sunday by Smith Research for the Jerusalem Post, 27 percent of 500 Israeli respondents said...

  • Do Israelis think Obama is just ‘neutral’ or ‘pro-Palestinian’?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2013 | 8:20 am

    Last week, we learned some new things about American support for Israel. The American public- as you can see in our updated Favorability tracker (done by Prof. Camil Fuchs) - 'favors' Israel slightly less than it did a year ago. But we also warned that there are many ways to...

  • Jewish Democrats ‘confident’ Hagel will follow Obama’s pro-Israel lead

    January 7, 2013 | 8:18 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council said it was confident Chuck Hagel would follow what it called President Obama's "unprecedented" pro-Israel record.

    The statement Monday morning came before Obama's formal announcement expected later Monday nominating Hagel, a former...

  • Senator Daniel Inouye, hailed by pro-Israel groups, dies at 88

    December 18, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Daniel Inouye, the longtime Hawaii senator described by pro-Israel groups as one of Israel's best friends in the Senate, has died.

    Inouye, 88, and a decorated World War II hero, died Monday of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    "Senator...

  • Drawing 1,400, peaceful L.A. pro-Israel rally turns ugly near its end [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    With an Israeli flag wrapped around him, Rabbi Dov Elkins stood with a crowd outside the Federal building in West Los Angeles on Sunday to participate in a pro-Israel rally.

    “We’re here to support Israel,” Elkins, 75, said, joined by his wife, Maxine. Residents of Princeton,...

  • Kardashian, Murdoch slammed for tweets involving Israel

    November 18, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Reality star Kim Kardashian apologized for tweeting about the Gaza conflict, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch slammed the "Jewish-owned media" for its "anti-Israel coverage" in a tweet. 

    At the same time, Twitter suspended three accounts held by an Orthodox Jew from New York after...

  • April 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2012 | 3:52 am

    A Tale of Two Uprisings

    Syrian refugees who found sanctuary in Libya talk to Abigail Hauslohner of Time about the ‎differences between the revolts against the rules of Muammar Gadhafi and Bashar Assad.  ‎

    ‎[T]he Syrians who have fled Homs for the relative safety of their Arab...

  • ‘Anti-Israelism is driven by the existence of the Jewish state, not its policies’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 11, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    A discussion on Israel advocacy with Matthew Ackerman of The David Project, a non-profit organization ‎dedicated to positively shaping campus opinion on Israel, and the lead author of The David Project’s ‎recently released report, “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy...

  • Republicans’ ‘Starting from zero’ aid proposal startles pro-Israel community

    November 15, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    “Starting from zero,” the foreign assistance plan touted by leading Republican candidates at a debate, is getting low marks, and not just from Democrats and the foreign policy community. Pro-Israel activists and fellow Republicans also have concerns.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry...

  • After stumble, Herman Cain stresses pro-Israel bona fides

    November 1, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Call Herman Cain the crash-course pro-Israel candidate.

    Since stumbling in May on a question about Palestinians and the right of return, the one-time pizza executive who recently rocketed to the top of GOP presidential polls has visited Israel and read up about the Jewish state.

    ...
  • Christians, Jews gather for pro-Israel rally at U.N.

    September 21, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Several hundred supporters of Israel gathered near the United Nations to protest the Durban III meeting and oppose the Palestinian statehood bid.

    Wednesday’s rally was organized by the pro-Israel Christian group Eagles’ Wings.

    Many leading Jewish groups have decided not to mount...

  • Pro-Israel ads in Bay Area countering anti-U.S. aid campaign

    September 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The pro-Israel organization StandWithUs has launched an ad campaign in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations to counter local ads that call for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

    The posters will be on display Sept. 18 through Nov. 13 at five major stations, as well as on a local...

  • David Suissa: Fair-weather Zionists

    By David Suissa

    August 2, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    What do you do if an annoying and exasperating friend gets in trouble and really needs your help? And what do you do if that friend is also a blood relative, like Israel? I often ask myself that question about progressive, pro-Israel Jews who are furious at the direction in which...

  • The pro-Israel divide

    By Rob Eshman

    June 15, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Every week, an e-mail circulates among hundreds of Jews in Los Angeles calling for my immediate firing. The subject line of a recent one was, “The L.A. Jewish paper needs a new Editor-in-Chief.”

    I know when this happens, because the author is always kind enough to copy me on the...

  • The 36th contenders: Both pro-Israel, different on all else

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 24, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    When South Bay Republican Craig Huey, who has never before held public office, finished second in the May 17 special election to fill the empty seat in California’s 36th Congressional District, he didn’t just surprise political observers.

    He also surprised the only candidate...

  • Canada re-elects Stephen Harper, its pro-Israel prime minister

    May 3, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Canada’s staunchly pro-Israel prime minister, Stephen Harper, was re-elected by a wide margin.

    Harper, who heads the Conservative Party, has gone from heading two successive minority governments to a healthy majority.

    In Monday’s federal elections, Harper captured 167 seats in the...

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