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  • Obama awards Medal of Honor to Jewish World War I hero

    June 2, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    A Jewish World War I veteran was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest military honor 97 years after his heroic actions against the Germans.

    Sgt. William Shemin, who is Jewish and died in 1973, was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony led by President Barack Obama on June...

  • Israel sends delegation to Armenia for rites marking mass WWI killings

    April 22, 2015 | 10:16 am

    Israel has sent an official delegation to ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the mass murder of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I.
    Armenia will hold ceremonies over the weekend to mark the tragedy, which some call the Armenian Genocide. Israel has resisted...

  • Letter from Dijon, France

    October 14, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    On my first day traveling in Dijon this past spring, I bounded into the hotel lobby and casually reached for a newspaper lying on the reception desk. The front-page headline of Le Figaro riveted my attention. Quickly, I devoured the story. It described an unprecedented upsurge in...

  • Stop pretending nothing happens in August

    August 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The headlines these days all seem to demand exclamation marks. Iraq is teetering on the brink! Russian troops are massing on the Ukranian border! Gaza lies in ruins! World’s worst Ebola epidemic afflicts Africa!  

    Oh, and it is also National Goat Cheese Month.  Welcome to another...

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  • Legacies of the Great War

    July 2, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    The 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip — the act that started World War I — has occasioned ample debate about the impact and legacy of the conflict. It is worth focusing on two key factors that have had a...

  • Palestinians and Israel as the ‘Jewish State’: Symptoms of neurosis

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 19, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awayTwo definitions, two implications

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in an interview quoted in The New York Times, repeated his objection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state:...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • Hans Richter’s future is now!

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 2, 2013 | 11:49 am

    The exhibition “Hans Richter: Encounters” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a curator’s dream:  retrospective of a somewhat obscure, multiplatform artist, who is equally adept (and revolutionary) in painting and film; whose life and career intersects with the major artists...

  • In southern Italy, long-lost Jews returning to the fold

    October 3, 2012 | 10:16 am

    In the Christian cemetery of this sleepy farming town on the spur of Italy’s boot, Lucia Leone looks up at a row of tombs marked incongruously by Stars of David.

    “That’s my mother,” she said. “And that’s my grandmother and great-grandmother. And that’s Donato Manduzio, who...

  • Congress approves review of medals for Jewish WWI vets

    December 21, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Congress approved a requirement for the U.S. military to review World War I records to determine whether Jews who received decorations should be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

    The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, which passed last week and will soon to be signed into law...

  • Veterans Day and the true horror of ‘weapons of mass destruction’

    By The Web Guy

    November 11, 2008 | 5:28 pm

    Veterans Day—the observance formerly known as WWI Armistice Day—is a good day to look back at the First World War, when chemical weapons (including mustard gas) were a regular part of the arsenals of the combatants.

    Their use generated such revulsion that they were banned by the...

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