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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • ‘Munich’: The Missing Conversation

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For me, the most telling moment in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" was the final scene, when the young, distraught Mossad team leader,

    Avner, takes a walk along the East River with his Israeli case officer, Ephraim, the man who supervised his mission. With the World Trade Center as a...

  • Judgment on ‘Munich’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Munich" ranks as one of those movies that has been analyzed by so many and, so far, seen by so few. All the buzz and fuss isn't about the quality, pacing, acting, music and cinematography of the movie. After all, "A Steven Spielberg Film" carries the imprimatur of the Hollywood gold...

  • French Riots Not a Jewish Problem

    By Lauren Elkin

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some media are calling it a "suburban intifada," but the rioting that is rocking France is not a Jewish problem, but a national one.

    That appears to be the consensus of French Jews, who are simultaneously alarmed at the widespread violence of mostly Muslim youths in suburbs around...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Reacts After Gaza Attacks

    Just weeks after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, fighting with the Palestinians resumed with sound and fury -- and, some feared, the potential to evolve into a full-blown border war. Israeli forces answered Hamas rocket salvoes from Gaza with...

  • Pickles Mark Peaceful Restraint in Gaza

    By David Suissa

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When they write the story of the Jewish people at the turn of the millennium, I hope they won't forget the pickles.

    Much has been written about the Gaza disengagement. Whether you were left, right or center -- blue or orange -- this was a defining moment. Imagine this: A Jewish army...

  • She’s Armed and President

    By Idan Ivri

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn't seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment.

    "I've never met...

  • ‘Yeah, But:’ 2 Words Lead to Dark Side

    By Hesham A. Hassaballa

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in London, I can't help but despair at the ever-spiraling violence in our world today. And it pains me even more deeply that a significant portion of that violence occurs at the hands of Muslims in the name of Islam.

    Of course, we have all...

  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

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