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  • Obama speech after Connecticut school shooting [FULL TEXT]

    By JewishJournal

    December 14, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Text of President Barack Obama's address to the nation after Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, as provided by CQ Transcriptions:

    "This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of...

  • The speech President Obama should have given after the Connecticut school shooting

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    When news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School first broke, President Barack Obama stood before the nation, felt our grief and shed a tear.

    It was a beautiful, touching moment — and I resented it.

    I’m all for grown men crying. I’m all for presidents, in times of...

  • New violence in the Congo: Having a conscience means working overtime

    November 21, 2012 | 9:46 am

    With rockets raining down on Israel, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Our families, our friends, our compatriots are under attack, and our hearts ache for them. But Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who co-founded Jewish World Watch, reminds us that the needs of our own families and...

  • What happened to Rabin’s memorial day?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Yesterday, we mention the 17th annual Memorial Day for the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister, Izhak Rabin. Rabin was murdered by an Israeli, Jewish assassin, during an assembly for peace on November 4th, 1995. Moments after the end of the assembly, right after joining the...

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  • Echoes of Lebanon civil war as Syrian turmoil spreads

    August 16, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Tit-for-tat kidnappings by Syrian rebels and Lebanese Shi’ite gunmen have escalated tensions in Lebanon, where the specter of contagion from Syria’s conflict is alarming the fractured and war-scarred Mediterranean nation.

    Despite government efforts to insulate it from turmoil in its...

  • A Shabbat prayer for the victims of the Sikh shooting

    August 8, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    This prayer was written to recite for the victims and survivors of the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.  Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva, wrote the prayer on behalf of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which distributed it to congregations...

  • New Tel Aviv center aiming to reduce anti-gay violence

    August 1, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    Israel’s association for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is launching a center in Tel Aviv to combat anti-gay violence.

    The center, which opens Wednesday, will collect data on violence against gays and offer members of the LGBT community legal and...

  • Dark night: The dangers of movie violence

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 25, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    No one foresaw that a more sinister evil than the fictional Bane would appear at a screening of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    But, in fact, the violent entertainment became a violent event when, on July 20, a masked marauder entered a movie theater and...

  • Israel: Syria Government Still in Control of Chemical Weapons

    July 24, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior Israeli defense official said on Tuesday.

    Israel’s foreign minister warned separately that the Jewish state would act decisively if Syria handed over any chemical or biological weapons to its...

  • Assad moves forces from Golan to suppress violence

    July 18, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Syria’s defense minster and several other government officials were killed or hurt by a suicide bomber in Damascus, a day after Israel’s army intelligence chief said that President Bashar Assad had moved his troops from the Golan Heights to the capital.

    Also killed in Wednesday’s...

  • Hamas claims responsibility for firing rockets at Israel

    June 19, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Hamas has claimed responsibility for firing 10 long-range missiles into southern Israel.

    Hamas said Tuesday evening that its armed wing, Izzaddin al-Kassam, fired 10 Grad missiles into Israel in the afternoon. At least 40 rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Tuesday.

    ...
  • Jewish lawmakers introduce act to curb international violence against women

    June 7, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    Three Jewish Congress members introduced legislation that seeks to curb international violence against women.

    U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) are the lead sponsors of the International Violence Against Women Act of 2012 that was...

  • Timeline: Violence in Syria

    June 1, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began.

    2011

    March 15 - About 40 people join a protest in Old Damascus, chanting political slogans in a brief first challenge to the ruling Baath Party before dispersing into side streets.

    March 18 - Security forces kill...

  • U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

    June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

    Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in...

  • Second anti-migrant demonstration in Tel Aviv turns violent

    May 30, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    For the second time in a week, an anti-migrant demonstration in south Tel Aviv turned violent.

    A small group of protesters verbally attacked an Israeli of Ethiopian descent who passed by Wednesday night’s demonstration; one protester hit him. Five protesters were arrested for...

  • The odd connection between violence and race

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2012 | 11:23 am

    In the past couple of weeks, Israeli newspapers’ headlines read “violence.” From murders to stabbings, rapes and even violence toward animals, the summer has brought a storm of violence upon Israel. The papers told the many stories from beginning to end, not leaving a single detail...

  • Jerusalem fans’ violence highlights dark side of soccer

    April 9, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Sports fans aren’t the only people lately paying attention to Israeli soccer. A string of ugly incidents has caused Israelis to focus on the problems of violence and racism within the sport.

    In mid-March, thousands of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans rioted on the field after their team lost...

  • Anti-Israel Israelis?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 4, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Hana Shalabi, a member of the Islamic Jihad, was one of the 1027 prisoners who were released for the return of Gilad Shalit. On February 16th, she was arrested again, for being recognized as a potential threat to the safety of Israel. Following her arrest, she went on a fast for...

  • Another Crime of Hate?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    A chilling sequel to my previous post:

    Earlier this morning, a man riding a black motorcycle opened fire outside of “Ozar Hatorah” school in Toulouse, France. Israeli teacher Jonathan Sandler, his two children (3, 6) and another girl were killed.

    Throughout the day, the French...

  • Violence across Syria; soldiers killed in ambushes

    March 13, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Syrian government forces killed dozens of people in the northern city of Idlib, dumping their bodies in a mosque, while some 22 soldiers died in two separate rebel ambushes, opposition activists said on Tuesday.

    The army intensified its assault on the Idlib province near the Turkish...

  • U.N., U.S. urge end to Israel, Gaza violence flare-up

    March 12, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern on Monday about a recent flare-up in violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, while the United States condemned rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled enclave.

    At least 74 Palestinians, mostly civilians,...

  • Purim: The importance of democracy

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 27, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    One year ago, Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s troops were marching toward Benghazi, the unofficial capital of the Libyan rebels. Qaddafi was calling the rebels “rats,” and a 10,000-person massacre seemed inevitable. But on Purim itself, in Libya (historically part of the...

  • Military rulers spread fear throughout Egyptian media

    February 15, 2012 | 11:34 am

    The ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak one year ago was supposed to be the harbinger of an era of democracy, freedom, justice and, ultimately, freedom of press. But only a few days removed from the anniversary of Mubarak’s “departure,” journalists – foreign media and...

  • Where do Israeli haredim stand on haredi violence?

    December 30, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. It’s subject was an 8-year-old girl harassed by haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls’ school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

    The Israeli prime minister and...

  • Haredi violence in Beit Shemesh catches Israel’s attention

    December 27, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    For several years now, the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh has been the site of on-again, off-again religious violence.

    But it wasn’t until the plight of a fearful 8-year-old girl from a Modern Orthodox immigrant family from America was broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 over the...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • Five arrested in Rome for plotting against Jewish community

    December 14, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Police in Rome have arrested five neo-fascists on charges of plotting violence against the Rome Jewish community.

    The accused also plotted to attack Rome’s Jewish community president, Riccardo Pacifici, as well as the city’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno; the president of the Chamber of...

  • Syria: Deal reached with Arab League on unrest

    November 1, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Syria said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

    State media reported the deal, without giving details, saying an official...

  • Denounce violence in the name of religion, Vatican liaison says

    November 1, 2011 | 11:19 am

    The Vatican chief liaison to world Jewry voiced an urgent call from Pope Benedict XVI for all religious leaders to openly denounce violence in the name of religion.

    Cardinal Kurt Koch, on his first visit to the United States as a Vatican representative, made his remarks Monday...

  • Egypt cabinet to meet over violence that kills 24

    October 10, 2011 | 3:04 am

    Christians clashed with military police, leaving at least 24 people dead in Cairo, and the cabinet called an emergency meeting for Monday, vowing the violence would not derail Egypt’s first election since Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

    Christians protesting about an attack on a church...

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