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  • Films: Teen gang members take a page from Anne Frank in ‘Freedom Writers’

    By Nick Street

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Freedom Writers" opens with a montage of scenes from Long Beach two years after the Los Angeles riots. Images of gang life and the neighborhoods where members stage their brutal rites float on a stream of hip-hop sound.

    Into this picture steps an eager but overdressed Erin Gruwell,...

  • Fatah-Hamas conflict forces Palestinians to choose

    By Leslie Susser

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In calling for elections, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has sharpened the choice facing the Palestinian people: Back his Fatah party and have peace with Israel and the promise of economic prosperity, or support the rejectionism of Hamas, whose nine months in office...
  • European anti-Semitism spurs controversial comparison

    By Tom Tugend

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Across Western Europe, thousands cheer neo-Nazi rockers calling for the killing of Jews, synagogues are defaced, Holocaust memorials and cemeteries are desecrated, Jewish schoolchildren are attacked and their parents are afraid to wear yarmulkes or religious jewelry on the streets of...
  • Could Pride rally tension put gay issues on Israel’s agenda?

    By Dina Kraft

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gay issues have never been at the forefront of Israeli domestic politics -- unlike in the United States -- but some wonder if that will change after ultra-Orthodox protesters used violence to prevent a gay pride parade. Confrontations with police and threats of worse violence to...
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  • New Israeli Cabinet member urges ‘ethnic partitioning;’ Gay pride parade OK’d and Jerusalem protests

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Official Urges Ethnic Partitioning

    An Israeli Cabinet minister called for the Jewish state and the West Bank to be partitioned according to ethnicity. Avigdor Lieberman of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party said in an interview that rather than evacuating Jewish...

  • Box-office politics

    By Rob Eshman

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm



    Trailer for 'Suicide Killers.' Click on the big arrow to play.

    The first person I met at the Liberty Film Festival preview was a riled up Asian American man with a pompadour, who quickly explained to me what was wrong with Hollywood: It is a vast liberal conspiracy.

    "But the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Baron

    Interesting that Rabbi David Baron said his invitation to Mel Gibson to speak at his temple on Yom Kippur was not a publicity stunt ("Three Groups Respond to Gibson's Request for Meeting," Aug. 11). Why then did I receive a form letter within two hours of sending the...

  • Gap-Year Kids Leave to Study For A Year in Israel

    By Ali Austerlitz

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Many college-bound high school graduates are packing up their inflatable sofas and plan to stay abreast Middle East news using wireless laptops. But some of their peers will get a real-time glimpse of current events as they prepare for a year of study in Israel.

    In the wake of 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...
  • Feds Indict Suspect in Prison Murder of JDL’s Krugel

    By Jim Crogan

    July 23, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Almost nine months after the brutal prison-yard slaying of Earl Krugel, the longtime No. 2 man in the Jewish Defense League (JDL), federal authorities have indicted an inmate with no apparent ties to Krugel.

    The suspect, David Frank Jennings, 30, allegedly attacked Krugel from...

  • Summer Tours to Israel Rerouted, But Not By Much

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most summers, the trip to the Naot Sandal factory on a kibbutz close to Israel's northern border is a highlight of the teen tours run by United Synagogue Youth (USY). But this summer, with the north under constant threat of rocket attacks, the 400 USYers stayed in the central and...

  • Worst Fears Come to Pass for Foes of Gaza Pullout

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Librarian Stephanie Wells so opposed Israel's unilateral withdrawal from 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza last summer that she moved to the disputed territory just three weeks before troops moved in. She stayed to the bitter end.

    Among the most committed in the fight against the...

  • Israeli Strategy Under Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Beyond the immediate escalation, the recent Palestinian attack on an Israeli army outpost near the Gaza border raises serious questions about Israel's security and foreign policies.

    Right-wing politicians argue that the incident, coupled with months of incessant rocket fire from...

  • A Brutal Awakening

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is a hot August day, a steamy morning among the tree-lined streets in Granada Hills. I could be looking at the trees or the friendly rows of houses, but all I see is the parents.

    About 100 or so men and women are being held back by the police line that has been set up around the...

  • Crestview Residents Fear Shooting Related to Gangs

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Members of the quiet, tight-knit Crestview neighborhood in Pico-Robertson gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday evening to give voice to fears regarding recent violence that has rocked the area.

    The neighborhood was rattled on June 3 at about 10:15 p.m. when passengers of a black...

  • Shots Fired in Pico-Robertson

    By Julie G Fax

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A gang-related drive-by shooting in the heart of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood late Sunday night left members of the Jewish community rattled and shocked.

    No one was injured when 13-15 shots were fired on the 1600 block of Wooster Street, which is one block east of Robertson...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • School Violence Goes Extreme

    By Talya Halkin

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A teacher's severed head drawn on a classroom blackboard, a student methodically emptying the shelves of the school library onto the floor, school phone lines that suddenly go dead -- these and other unsettling signs appear early on in Yaniv Berman's 2005 film "Even Kids Started...

  • Letters

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Jewish?

    The story regarding Kobe Bryant saying that he "wouldn't mind" being Jewish was pointless and inane. An off-the-cuff remark all of a sudden becomes a possibility in the minds some people. In addition, the story was filled with inaccuracies as to the number of Jewish...

  • ‘Voodoo’ Jew Finds Love, Truth in Haiti

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Voodoo and Civil Strife in Haiti" by Kathie Klarreich (Nation Books).

    According to a Creole proverb, truth is like oil in water; it always comes to the surface. Kathie Klarreich's first book, a memoir of her years in Haiti, is a tale of truths --...

  • Sectarian Violence

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Backstage at Monday night's debate between Ann Coulter and Al Franken, guests drank wine with their vitriol.

    Or vice versa.

    At a private dinner for major supporters of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Public Lecture Series, the guests of honor each rose to say a few words to the...

  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    By JTA Staff

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

  • Seeing Red

    By Jeffry V. Mallow

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There's no escaping Middle East politics, even living in Denmark, as this writer does. This tolerant nation of 5.3 million, of whom 3 percent are Muslim, finds itself, to its amazement, the target of a boycott and attacks on its embassies, corporations, soldiers and citizens across...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • Amona Violence an Uncertain Harbinger

    By Leslie Susser

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Had Ariel Sharon been able to continue as Israeli prime minister, his main strategic goal would have been establishing a new long-term border between Israel and the West Bank.

    That remains the primary aim of his Kadima Party, but last week's violent clashes between settlers and...

  • Drawn to Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Early this week I started getting the letters. By midweek there were dozens of them, all strident, some using BIG CAPS to make their point.

    "Do you have the GUTS to reprint those cartoons?" many of them started off.

    Some substituted another part of the male anatomy for guts...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • Violent Crime Rises in Israeli Society

    By Gil Sedan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Suddenly, I receive a telephone call: My brother, Avinoam, is dead. 'Impossible,' I say to myself: 'Avinoam, my kid brother, murdered?'"

    It was a lovely April day when the young couple went down to the popular Nirvana beach in Haifa with their two dogs for a stroll and a cup of...

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