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  • An outsider’s viewpoint on the Sandy Hook shooting

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 18, 2012 | 11:39 am

    First and foremost, I would like to say that my heart goes to the victim's family and friends. This is a terrible loss of innocent people whose only crime was to go to school. Here, in Israel, the story reached the first pages of the newspapers, and shock stroke us all. In the name...

  • Why there is no Palestinian resistance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Earlier today, someone posted the following on Israelife's Facebook page:"The IDF is an evil organization. Netanyahu and all the Zionist scum are evil murderers. By deception, they wage war. Do not be deceived!" In order to prove the accuracy of his statements, this person attached...

  • Women in sports: Not an Olympic-size victory

    By Maya Paley

    July 31, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    With the Olympics upon us and the message above going viral on Facebook, I figured it was high time I addressed the topic of women in sports. The Guardian posted an article a couple of weeks ago about how Saudi Arabia had finally agreed to allow women to compete at the Olympic games...

  • Protests Spring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    Last year, the world entered a new phase of protests calling for social justice. It probably existed earlier, that longing for equality in the society, but last summer, the entire world felt it simultaneously. Israel, of course, took a meaningful part in the summer of protests. I am...

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  • Iran hopeful on atomic talks if ‘rights’ respected

    June 5, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    If the world recognizes Iran’s “nuclear rights”, negotiations aimed at easing a standoff with the West later this month could have a positive outcome, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    But Washington said Iran had to move first to make its nuclear...

  • Pro- Palestinian ‘fly-in’ protest denied.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    This Sunday, a group of 1500 participants of ‘Welcome to Palestine’ fly-in protest planned on flying to Tel-Aviv in an act of solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank. Their plan, as reported by them online, was to protest against the so called segregation and inequality,...

  • A letter to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 25, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Dear members of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council,

    Let me start by saying how important it is, to me, that there is someone out there who’s job is to protect the most valuable thing in the world: human rights. You are here to make the world a safe place for those who can’t...

  • Thank you Planned Parenthood

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 15, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Amid all the hubris and rancor flying around the subject of women’s reproductive rights these days, I suggest we stop for a moment and send a word of thanks to Planned Parenthood for its 100 years of caring for both women and men with nowhere else to turn — almost 50 of those...

  • I Don’t Believe in Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    February 8, 2012 | 8:49 am

    To say that one supports gay marriage implies that gay marriage is somehow different from traditional marriage.  It’s not.  I think all people deserve the right to marry whether they are gay or straight.  If people are going to insist on differentiating gay marriage from...

  • Israeli women’s rights moving to front of bus

    January 25, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    Anat Hoffman, the progressive Israeli activist who made headlines two summers ago when she was arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, comes to California next week with a clear message for American Jews: What’s happening in Beit Shemesh is as big a threat to Israel as...

  • On Wisconsin, Fight, Fight, Fight

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 15, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    During his 1948 presidential campaign against underdog Democrat Harry S. Truman, Republican Thomas E. Dewey was on the campaign trail. As a crowd surged toward the back of his train, an irritated Dewey told the crowd, “That’s the first lunatic I’ve had for an engineer. He...

  • Inmates’ rights were violated on kosher meals, judge rules

    November 8, 2010 | 9:31 am

    The Indiana Department of Corrections violated federal law when it substituted vegan meals for kosher for its inmates, a federal judge ruled.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson made the ruling last week in Indianapolis in response to a class-action suit filed last year...

  • State Court Upholds Prop. 8

    May 26, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    On Tuesday May 26, 2009, we stood in Leimert Park, together with clergy of many faiths, awaiting our fate, awaiting a verdict on our humanity.  Outrage, sorrow and a renewed sense of purpose swept across the crowd as news spread that the California Supreme Court had made a...

  • Jews should oppose Senator Craig’s ouster

    By Daniel Hemel

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Long before Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, American Jewish groups harbored serious doubts about the Idaho Republican. In June 1990, when Craig, then a congressman, was running for an open Senate seat, the Jerusalem Post bemoaned his "miserable" record on...
  • Conservative Supreme Court rulings vex Jewish advocacy groups

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Following a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.

    For...

  • Palestinian remarks generate cheer and gloom

    By Judea Pearl

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cheerful news reached us last week from Damascus. Hamas' political chief, Khaled Meshal, told Reuters in an interview on Jan. 10 that Israel is a "matter of fact," and that Hamas might consider recognizing Israel once a Palestinian state is established.

    Don't misjudge me. I am not...

  • Bibi Netanyahu ranks high ...  as racist demagogue

    By Larry Derfner

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By rights, Binyamin Netanyahu, which every poll says is by far the most popular politician in Israel, should be ranked with Jean Le Pen, Jorge Haider and the rest of the Western world's racist demagogues.

    But he won't be, because anti-Arab racism in Israel is either supported or...

  • What do Dennis Prager, Jimmy Carter, Mel Gibson and General Motors have in common?

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Understanding Prager

    Your Dec. 8 edition of The Journal had two prominent headlines regarding recent comments made by Dennis Prager. These headlines stated: "Prager Won't Apologize After Slamming Quran in Congress" and "Prager Opposition to Quran in Congress Rite Draws Fire."

    Since...

  • An open letter to the rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary

    By Pamela Witt

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I want to share with you an email I wrote to Chancellor Elect Eisen as well as Rabbi Joel Roth on the JTS board to support allowing gays to marry and become rabbis:

    Dear Mr. Eisen,

    I am a 46-year-old woman born and raised in Los Angeles. I am writing to ask that the Conservative...

  • Prager won’t apologize after slamming Quran in Congress

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Conservative pundit Dennis Prager has come under fire from Muslim and Jewish groups after he attacked an incoming Muslim congressman who plans to bring a Quran to the House swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4.

    But Prager said he stands by statements made in his column published Nov. 28...

  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Lebanon War: Mission Accomplished

    By Dan Gordon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Contrary to what is now the accepted wisdom in the media, Hezbollah, in its recent offensive against Israel, neither badly bloodied the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) nor fought it to a standstill.

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

    By any legitimate measure, the IDF handed a...

  • College Students Find High Holidays’ Place in Higher Learning

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays are here. With them comes a new school year, whereupon many recent graduates of Jewish high schools will face the challenges for the first time that can accompany being an observant Jew in an academic environment that runs on the Christian calendar.

    Gone are the...

  • Cover Story

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    From: "Joel Bellman" Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006
    8:39 AM Subject: An Open Letter to Ramona Ripston
    
    Friends:
    
    I thought you might be interested in seeing the following
    letter, which I sent today.
    
    Joel Bellman
    
    *****************************************
    
    Ramona Ripston, Executive...
  • Let There Be Yiddish

    By Jane Ulman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Gut Shabbes." Synagogue vice president Donna Groman stands at the door, warmly greeting each guest. Inside, a samovar sits on a white-clothed table alongside temptingly arranged platters of homemade kugel and apple cake for the oneg.

    Tonight is a Yiddish service, Zol Zahn Shabbes...

  • NGOs Feel Sting of Hamas Ban

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly three months since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority, Western governments aren't the only ones trying to figure out how to deliver aid to the increasingly needy Palestinian population without inadvertently supporting its extremist government.

    Nongovernmental...

  • A Harvest of Conflict

    By Marc Ballon

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Developer Ralph Horowitz made no secret of his intense displeasure with the 350 mostly Latino farmers who squatted on his 14-acre parcel at 41st and Alameda streets in South Los Angeles. As he saw it, the farmers who cultivated avocados, squash, tomatoes and other produce on...

  • ‘Superman’ Director Lives Out His Dream

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Whether you're an immigrant or you're born in the heartland, at some point we all feel like an alien."

    Those are not the words of an immigration rights attorney but rather of filmmaker Bryan Singer, whose last three films, the first two editions of "X-Men" and the upcoming...

  • Jewish World Watch Eyes National Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik wasn't sure where Darfur was on the map when she heard a Rosh Hashanah sermon at Valley Beth Shalom some 18 months ago.

    During his sermon, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the congregation that "Never Again" applies not only to the Holocaust but requires Jews to...

  • Gay Marriage Ban Could Alienate Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's a familiar calculus in the relationship between the Jewish community and the Bush administration: a social issue that divides the country 50-50 has the Jewish community split 75-25 against where President Bush stands.

    On Monday, Bush strongly endorsed the federal marriage...

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