When Israeli Arabs protest that talk of the "demographic threat" is racist, can Israeli Jews blame them? If non-Jewish professors and politicians anywhere on earth spoke of a Jewish demographic threat to their countries, what would Jews call it? What, for that matter, would decent...
July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm
June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm
High Flier Takes Over
Dan Halutz, a former air force commander, replaced Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon as chief of the Israel Defense Forces' General Staff at a blue-ribbon ceremony Wednesday. Considered a confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Halutz's immediate challenge is...
March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm
A desk cluttered with papers -- things to do, meetings to arrange. A demanding computer monitor -- so many e-mails relentlessly calling for response. Yet my sense that we are approaching a watershed moment in Jewish history makes me want to push everything else aside.
March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.
Hotels Battle Continues
A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...
December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Clinton Shoah Honor
Former President Bill Clinton will be honored Feb. 17 at the Shoah Visual History Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity dinner.
Filmmaker and Shoah founding chairman Steven Spielberg said in a Nov. 30th statement, "President Clinton's leadership around...
September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm
June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Judge Voids Krugel Plea Agreement
Earl Krugel, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), might face a longer than anticipated prison sentence, after a federal judge voided a previous plea agreement.
Krugel, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with the late Irv...
April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Nonie Darwish spreads an Egyptian newspaper across her knees and points to an old black-and-white photograph of a family. She identifies her father, mother and siblings in the photo.
"I am 8 years old here," she says and gestures to the image of a serious little girl. The photo was...
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Last Monday afternoon (Feb. 23), I stood alongside a rabbinical student named Etan Mintz on a street corner not far from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, holding aloft signs reading, "Stop the Terror."
We were standing at a spot some distance from hundreds of other...
November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Local activists protesting Israeli policies have expanded this month at various events that have attracted a range of pro-Palestinian activists, scholars and clergy from across Southern California.
The growing pace of such gatherings reflects a trend among peace activists to...
September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took its campaign equating factory-farm animals to Holocaust victims to the streets of Los Angeles this week with a protest in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Tuesday at noon (see story on page 12).
The protest speaks to PETA's...
September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Yuri Gottesman spent his summer volunteering in Israel this year, but instead of picking oranges on a kibbutz, he slept in a terrorist's house that was scheduled for demolition and cleared roadblocks that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had set up to hinder the passage of...
August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Liberal Pundit Predicts Davis Recall
If the California slugfest between the two major political parties were a concert, the Republicans, who yearn for the days when buffaloes roamed the plains, would be playing the "Ghost Dance," while the Democratic tune would be the...
July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm
July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
As student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile.
Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep....
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Family Service Cuts Staff, Programs
In an attempt to balance its budget, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has scaled back counseling and other programs that serve some of the region's most vulnerable people.
JFS slashed three part-time positions at both its Conejo Valley and Metro...
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.
Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...
May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm
April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Armenians Threaten Another Protest
A group of 14 Armenian American college students, who ended a six-day hunger strike outside the Museum of Tolerance on April 21, have threatened to resume their protests unless the museum gives the recognition to the Armenian genocide of 1915,...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Women Suffer Blow
I write to express my hurt and outrage at your recent article, "Women Suffer Blow on Praying at the Wall," (April 11). To which women, exactly, are you referring? Surely not the thousands of women, secular as well as religious, who come year round to pour their...
March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
As Jews who question our nation's march to war in Iraq, we are deeply disturbed by events surrounding last month's massive protest demonstration in San Francisco.
Allegations that Rabbi Michael Lerner, a prominent peace activist and editor of Tikkun magazine, was asked not to speak...
March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Across the country, Americans are wondering, "Why is Hollywood against the war?"
On TV programs and TV and radio talk shows, in magazines and newspapers, they see actors and actresses opining, talking the talk and walking the anti-war walk. This has led to a separate thread of...
February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Phones Set to Ring on Super Sunday
On Feb. 23, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will stage its 24th annual Super Sunday Phone-a-Thon, the single biggest day of fundraising in the Los Angeles Jewish community. More than 1,000 volunteers will telephone 50,000 people...
December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm
November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The American distributor of a Mexican film denounced by Catholic groups has been flooded with protest letters, many with an anti-Semitic tone.
"The Crime of Father Amaro" is based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel, but the film is set in contemporary Mexico. Its protagonist is an...
September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm
May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm
U sing the Internet to reach Orange County's Jews, a recently organized grass-roots group of Israel supporters drew about 600 demonstrators to a noisy public display of solidarity outside South Coast Plaza.
The rally demonstrated the county's growing Jewish vocal involvement on...
April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Protest Against French Anti-Semitism
About 40 protesters lined up in front of the French consulate in Westwood on April 12 and 19 to protest anti-Semitism in France. The group, led by StandWithUs, the same organization that helped arrange recent pro-Israel rallies in Los Angeles,...
April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm
"Israel Independence Day, 2002 and Counting..." read the sea of royal blue T-shirts adorning members of the UCLA Jewish Student Union (JSU) -- a positive statement at a time when Jewish students are receiving a great deal of negative publicity on college campuses across the country....