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  • Briefs

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Marks Rabin Assassination Anniversary

    Ariel Sharon apologized for any incitement that may have led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

    "Our disputes were never personal, they were for the greater good," the Israeli prime minister said at a Jerusalem memorial marking the...

  • U.S. Jews Laud Withdrawal Vote

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    American Jewish organizations rushed Tuesday afternoon to express support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan.

    Sharon's initiative was "not an easy decision, but we fully share the Israeli government's view that it was the right decision to safeguard the...

  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    By Idan Ivri

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Olympics Ban Wanted

    Jewish groups called on the International Olympic Committee to impose penalties after an Iranian athlete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for action after Iranian judokan Arash...

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  • U.S. Opposes Court Reparations Rulings

    By David A. Lash

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice took a stand against the best interests of the most aged, infirm and vulnerable of Holocaust survivors.

    Seemingly without shame, the federal government filed briefs arguing that significant court victories for long-forgotten survivors...

  • Polls Find U.S. Jews Worried but Calm

    By James D. Besser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a busy few weeks for pollsters who study the Jewish community -- and for the politicians who turn each new survey into partisan fodder. At least three major surveys focused on different issues, but beneath the statistical mumbo jumbo, they pointed to the same thing: the...

  • Secession War: Both Sides Gearing Up

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Valley secession is finally on the ballot, and observers say the Jewish vote may well be a factor that tips the scale either for or against the biggest break away in U.S. history.

    "We tend to constitute about 15 percent of local city voters in municipal elections," said statistician...

  • Mixed Message to Bush

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One message from this week's rally at the Capitol was clear -- solidarity with the State of Israel and its people. Much less clear was the message to the Bush administration. Signs, speakers and more than 100,000 demonstrators touted support for the U.S. war on terrorism. But few...

  • Making the Case for a Jewish State

    By James D. Besser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in more than 100 communities across the nation gathered on Sunday, March 24, to show their support for Israel -- a welcome, if hastily organized, expression of solidarity as the Jewish state faces continuing terrorism and an increasingly treacherous diplomatic climate.

    The same...

  • World Briefs

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Didn't Help

    Israel denied a newspaper report that the CIA helped Israel track down a smuggled arms shipment. "This operation was purely blue and white," said a spokeswoman for the Israeli military, referring to the colors of Israel's flag. Citing unnamed U.S....

  • Clinton Talks at UJ Series

    By Tom Tugend

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The United States must stay involved in the Middle East peace process, even when it appears to be failing, former President Bill Clinton urged more than 6,000 listeners Monday evening.

    Even though the United States may risk its prestige in an unsuccessful effort, "We will be judged...

  • Washington Reassesses

    By James D. Besser

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Bush administration, reeling from a week of explosive developments on the troubled Israeli-Palestinian front, is reexamining even its limited efforts to win a cease-fire in the 16-month-old intifada.

    That reassessment -- that resulted in this week's indefinite postponement of a...

  • Good News and a Big Squeeze

    By James D. Besser

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    President George W. Bush last week plugged a gaping hole in the U.S. war against terrorism by expanding the executive order freezing the assets of terror groups to include Hamas, Hezbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Islamic Jihad.

    Jewish leaders hailed the...

  • Beware This Bill

    By Douglas Mirell

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As one who supported the confirmation of John Ashcroft as attorney general, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) is certainly no radical. But last week, Feingold, chair of the Constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cast the lone Senate vote against final approval of...

  • Hamas, Hezbollah on Latest U.S. Terror List

    By Sharon Samber

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. State Department's biannual list of foreign terrorist organizations once again includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups that perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel.

    But the significance of the list, issued last Friday, is unclear in light of the new U.S. war against...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    UJC Taps Tisch for Top Post

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) offered its top volunteer position to the president of UJA-Federation of Greater New York, according to a member of the UJC nominating committee.

    The source said James Tisch of New York was asked to replace fellow...

  • Memories in Melody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For Ilana Besha, 19, the songs conjure up images of the first mass aliyah from famine-stricken Ethiopia to the Promised Land. "When word came to our village that we were going to Israel, it was like a dream come true," said the teenager, who was in Los Angeles last week with Shlomo...

  • Foreign Aid as Shell Game

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was, if you listenedcarefully, an undertone of anxiety beneath the hoopla last month,when Israel laid out plans to wean itself off U.S. economic aid.While politicians and pundits celebrated Israel's generous offer togive up its $3 billion-a-year entitlement, some Jewish...
  • The Panic Retreats

    By Larry Derfner

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    After being caught up in a wave of initial panic,the Israeli public seems to be calming down a bit over thepossibility of an Iraqi missile attack.

    There has been a backlash against panic. Panic isnow "out." News stories about panic have become redundant, boring andsuspect, what with...

  • A Conversation with Novelist Josh Henkin

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Henkin will read from his new book, "Swimming Across the Hudson," Mon., May 12, 7 p.m. at Dutton's on San Vivente. Josh Henkin's paternal grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi who lived in the United States for 50 years without ever learning to speak English. Still, the author...
  • Palestinian Angst

    By Eric Silver

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Despite its propaganda success in the United Nations General Assembly, where 134 countries last weekend denounced Israeli construction on the disputed Har Homa site in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority is in despair over the stagnant peace process.

    Despite the fact that the...

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