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  • Ehud Barak: Settlement freeze is a national necessity

    September 8, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday called a freeze in West Bank settlements a ‘national necessity,’ a day after he approved building permits for nearly 500 new housing units in six separate blocs.

    “We extent our hand in peace to all of our neighbors,” Barak said during a toast held to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year, adding that he hopes Israel, the Palestinians and the international community “realize that the time has come and we must not miss this opportunity.”

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Iranian Jews struggle with segregation, presumption and assimilation -- how the stranger became the Angeleno

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A little historical anecdote tells much about the transition of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles over a 25-year span, from strangers to integral -- though distinctive -- members of the larger Jewish community.

    In the late 1970s and early '80s, following Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic...

  • UCLA Hillel rabbi apologizes, settles 2003 case with woman journalist

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A UCLA Hillel rabbi accused of accosting a freelance journalist in October 2003 has sent the writer a letter of apology as part of a court settlement. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, UCLA Hillel director, was accused by Rachel Neuwirth of verbally and physically assaulting her outside...
  • The Unsettling Struggle

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Who is responsible for Israel's settlements in the territories? Gershom Gorenberg's just released history, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," explores in gripping narrative the original interweave of political ambition, religious entitlement...

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  • ‘Empire’ Conquers Monstrous Task

    By Howard Kaplan

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977" by Gershom Gorenberg, (Times Books).

    It is not accidental that Gershom Gorenberg limited his substantial study, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," to the first...

  • Qumran Offers Look at Legacy of Scrolls

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Descending eastward from the rolling hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the sapphire-colored Dead Sea appears like a jewel set in the dusty brown Judean Desert. As you breathe in the thundering stillness, it's easy to imagine why the ancient Essenes chose this place for their...

  • Nation and World Briefs

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Geiderman Named Holocaust Commission Vice Chair

    President Bush named Joel Geiderman as the vice chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Geiderman, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, previously served on the council,...

  • Evicted, Angry and Worried

    By Yaakov Katz

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There is no place like home, and no one knows it better than the former Jewish settlers of the Gaza Strip. Evicted from their beachside villages on the shores of the lapping Mediterranean Sea, they are living this week out of hotel rooms, high school dormitories or in refugee-like...

  • Evacuees Face Life of Uncertainties

    By Gil Sedan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi Tabach was trying to pry the bronze mezuzah off his front doorpost with pliers, but it wouldn't budge.

    "Look at that. The mezuzah doesn't want to leave. It wants to stay in Gush Katif," said Tabach's mother-in-law, Yaffa Michaeli, referring to the main Jewish settlement bloc...

  • Gaza Protests in L.A., N.Y. Prove Mild

    By David Finnigan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A rally planned for last weekend outside the Los Angeles Israeli consulate to protest this week's Gaza settler pullout was canceled, but in its place arose a somber gathering of about 70 people.

    "Nothing organized -- just people coming together and crying together and expressing pain...

  • Goodbye Morag

    By Yaakov Katz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This tiny settlement near the shores of the Mediterranean, in its last days of existence, has been torn into unhappy -- and often angry -- factions this week as Israeli security forces loitered around its sandy streets, together with hundreds of activists.

    The soldiers are here to...

  • The Disengagement Summer

    By Barbara Opall-Rome

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The column of armored SUVs waited, engines humming, as a phalanx of bodyguards ushered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon into the third truck from the end. As the convoy cleared the main gate of the Israeli government head's residence, a set of decoy vehicles turned north, toward...

  • U.S. Acts Cautiously on Mideast Issues

    By James D. Besser

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It may be the most ideological presidency in recent memory, but on at least one issue, the Bush administration is pure pragmatism.

    As Israel gets set for its summer of disengagement discontent, the administration has responded with a cautious, practical approach that has angered...

  • Grim Faces, Tense Words at Summit

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As photo-ops go, this one didn't develop quite as expected.

    The meeting Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush at Bush's vast Texas ranch was to have affirmed the special U.S.-Israel relationship and paved the way forward in the...

  • One People, One Vote

    By Rob Eshman

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Anyone hungry for good news in the world could have sat down to a full meal this week on word of the Palestinian election.

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received 62 percent of the vote in Sunday's election to replace the late Yasser Arafat.

    It is rare that things go as planned...

  • Insurance Claim Debate Heats Up

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two antagonists in a long-simmering dispute about the handling of life insurance claims stemming from the Holocaust era took off their gloves last week in a bitter exchange of letters.

    On one side stands Lawrence S. Eagleburger, chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust...

  • Gaza Plan Foes Face Evangelical Aid Loss

    By James D. Besser

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With the Gaza disengagement plan picking up momentum and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon getting set to pitch the proposal to the Bush administration at Camp David next week, right-wing Jewish groups are counterattacking, hoping to forestall U.S. support for the plan. Their partners in...

  • Settlers Struggle to Hold Biblical Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A battered shipping container was Itai Harel's first home on this steep, windswept hilltop.

    Now he lives in a trailer with running water and electricity, and land has been leveled for more permanent housing in this illegal settlement outpost. He and his fellow young settlers are...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...

  • Sharon Loses Some Influence With Bush

    By Leslie Susser

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After President Bush's late July meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, one thing is clear: Ariel Sharon no longer will have things all his own way in Washington.

    Bush pointedly expressed admiration and respect for Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian Authority...

  • Haven of Refuge

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For centuries, most people have viewed Siberia as a dreaded prison of frozen tundra, the closest cold spot on earth to the gloom of purgatory.

    But for the Jews of Asia and Europe, Siberia has represented something far more attractive: a great escape. The targets of deadly...

  • McDonald’s to Fund Kosher Ed

    By Rachel Pomerance

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    McDonald's and kashrut? Only in Israel, one might think. But an Illinois court ruled May 20 that the world's most ubiquitous burger joint must sink $1 million into education about Judaism's kosher laws.

    The money is part of $10 million that McDonald's must divide among a variety of...

  • ‘California Eight’ Sue Italy’s Generali

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Suzanne Weiner-Zada was growing up in Hungary, her father, a wealthy lumber merchant, took out eight insurance policies with Assicurazioni Generali of Italy, one of the world's largest insurance companies, which operated extensively in the pre-World War II Jewish communities of...

  • Crisis Manager

    By Marc Ballon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On March 11, Paul S. Nussbaum trudged down the driveway in his bathrobe, picked up the Los Angeles Times and headed back into his house -- part of his early morning routine. Moments later his wife handed him a fruit protein shake, he cracked open the paper and pulled out the business...

  • The Other Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • The Arafat Factor

    By James D. Besser

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    According to a poll released last week by Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the Arab American Institute (AAI), U.S. Jews continue to support an active Mideast peace process and a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, despite two years of horrific terrorism and the...

  • Salvin Group Fights ADL

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At least one issue left in the wake of the firing of David Lehrer has been resolved.

    On Wednesday, the New York headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced it had reached a settlement with Lehrer, whom ADL National Director Abraham Foxman fired last December in a move...

  • Fraudulent Friend

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    After being left a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1993, 53-year-old Alice Wintz received an insurance settlement that she thought would, with careful investing, leave her financially secure for life.

    So she asked money manager Reed Slatkin to invest her settlement. Wintz and her...

  • Pico Settles Oil Suit

    By Julie G Fax

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After two years of legal and political wrangling, concerned residents and BreitBurn Energy have entered into a settlement agreement that will allow for expanded oil-extraction operations at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Doheny Drive.

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE), the...

  • Holocaust Survivors To Receive Payments

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Payments from a $1.25 billion settlement reached last year with several Swiss banks will start reaching Holocaust survivors by the second half of next year, according to the executive director of the World Jewish Congress.

    Some details of the payout plan still need to be worked out by...

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