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  • Our worst fears realized

    2 weeks ago

    For the first time in two and a half weeks, my children did not ask, upon opening their eyes in the morning, "Has there been any news about Naftali, Gilad and Eyal?"

    They did not have to ask because last night our worst fears were confirmed with the announcement of the discovery...

  • Theodore Bikel: A man in full

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2014 | 11:31 am

    In theory, I was supposed to meet the great Theodore Bikel because of the tribute concert celebrating his 90th birthday coming up on June 16 at the Saban Theatre. But while I was interested in the concert, which will feature a cast of musical and theatrical stars who have shaped...

  • Modern Language Assoc. features anti-Israel slurs in resolution debate

    June 3, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Amid debate featuring anti-Israel slurs, the full Modern Language Association membership voted on a resolution singling out Israel for denying academics entry to the West Bank.

    At least 10 percent of the full MLA membership of 30,000 was required to participate in the...

  • Omar Barghouti at UCLA: No to BDS, no to occupation

    January 23, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    BDS is poison and Omar Barghouti is its purveyor. 

    On Jan. 15, I subjected myself to a tirade of anti-Israel fulminations by BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti. I went to hear him deliver a speech to UCLA students, out of a sense of obligation to the Jewish students whom I serve. I...

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  • Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 30, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

    Firstly, Swarthmore’s...

  • Living at the heart of a “Promised Land”

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 12, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2013) pp. 449).

    The anguish of the believer is not the same as that of the renegade, and Ari Shavit writes as a believer in the Zionist enterprise. Not Zionism in the mystical sense that...

  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • Iranian Jews hold pro-nuclear rally in Tehran

    November 20, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Iranian Jews holding Torah scrolls demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Demonstrators, who also held signs in English, Hebrew and Farsi, rallied Tuesday in front of the United Nations office in Tehran, according to The Jerusalem Post. They denounced...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • Arab voice of Donald Duck tweets for Israel to be ‘demolished’

    August 6, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who identifies himself as the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East called on Twitter for Israel to be “demolished.”

    The discussion that began Sunday on the Twitter feed of Wael Mansour continued on Tuesday.

    “I truly wish #Israel is...

  • The Lebanon War and the Discourse of Peace

    By Aryeh Cohen

    June 12, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    In the wake of the Lebanon War (which started 31 years ago this week)  there was a tectonic shift in the political discourse in Israel. One of the aftershocks of this movement of the political plates created a fissure in the Religious Zionist community which opened a space for a...

  • Thousands of Charedim protest in Lower Manhattan

    June 10, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Until now, the primary storyline of the religious-secular battles in Israel has been driven by Women of the Wall, the activist group that, with their monthly prayer meetings at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, have brought more attention to the quest for religious equality in Israel than...

  • Israel’s Newest “Settler” Settles In

    By Orit Arfa

    June 5, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Please forgive my hiatus in blogging. I was busy making aliyah and starting my new position as Director of Communications and Visitor Services at Ariel Development Fund, getting settled into a new apartment, buying furniture, etc. Baruch Hashem, Israel's newest "settler" is...

  • Zionism, Militarism, and Fantasy Camp

    By Aryeh Cohen

    June 2, 2013 | 5:59 pm

    For some reason I don’t think that any of the founders of Zionism are standing and applauding from their places of eternal reward (wherever those may be).

    NPR reported this morning about Caliber 3, an Israeli company which, according to their website, “was established in the year...

  • Dreyfus letter fetches nearly $500,000 at Paris auction

    May 30, 2013 | 9:05 am

    A letter handwritten by Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish soldier who was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894, was sold at auction for nearly half a million dollars.

    The letter, which Dreyfus sent from prison to government officials in an attempt to clear his name, was sold...

  • Elul and Jewish pluralism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    A typical study session for Elul, a pluralistic Israel-based beit midrash (house of study), doesn’t confine itself to a discussion of Abraham’s journey in Genesis. It naturally segues into a rabbinical story about the patriarch breaking his father’s idols, followed by a poem by the...

  • Stephen Hawking rejects the Zionism of Einstein

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 14, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Has Stephen Hawking really left the company of Albert Einstein, an avowed Zionist who worked to create the State of Israel, and replaced him with the august company of Elvis Costello and other Israel boycotters?

    I hosted Hawking for a lecture at Oxford in 1998 where I introduced...

  • Attempted divestment at UCSB and the BDS machine

    May 13, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Over the last month the UC Santa Barbara student government has been voting on a resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel. As a UCSB graduate and former student leader, I spoke at two senate hearings and worked with current students to defeat the resolution....

  • When Zionist Heroes are Replaced by Bloodthirsty Beasts

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 8, 2013 | 4:39 am

    The following article is a slightly different and longer version of an article that I published in the IHT-NYT two days ago. You can read that version here.

    I come from a family of book lovers, yet last Friday, when my wife told us that author Dvora Omer died, my children’s...

  • Be Not Afraid

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 29, 2013 | 7:26 am

    When I was 9 years old my father died, and my world suddenly changed. Overwhelmed by loss and grief, only the support of family and friends helped me move through that dark period.

    What was clear was that I had no control over the ultimate questions of life and death. In the...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 26, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Subliminal (stage name of Kobi Shimoni) is an Israeli rapper and music producer. While there are many Israeli rappers and hip-hop artists, Subliminal is often referred to as the National Rapper, due to his strong Zionist agenda.

    Subliminal was born in Tel Aviv, Israel to a...

  • Leader of the free word

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Words matter, especially when spoken by people of power. I once read a book that dissected the 271 words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Would that speech have become historic if, instead of phrases like “a new birth of freedom,” he had used phrases like “a reaffirmation...

  • A reaction to Obama’s speech in Jerusalem

    March 22, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    This morning, as I listened to President Obama’s speech to students in Jerusalem, I was filled with frustration and mortification. I was watching the speech at the gym and read the words as they crossed the TV screen. Words like if Israeli parents could just talk to Palestinian...

  • A Recap of Obama’s Visit: Quick Headlines, Measured Perspective, Exclusive Numbers

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2013 | 6:42 am

    The 111-word executive summary

    What are the headlines from this visit?

    1. Obama gets Zionism. That’s very significant – maybe the most significant thing about the visit.
    2. It is important enough for Obama (for whatever reason) to be making an effort to show empathy for...
  • President Obama will reiterate where he stands

    March 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    President Obama will be making an historic trip to Israel in which he will meet with Israeli officials, see a number of important Zionist sites, and receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres. It is without a doubt that the President will...

  • Americans backing Israel in ever-growing numbers, poll shows

    March 18, 2013 | 2:50 am

    Americans' sympathies lean heavily toward Israel over the Palestinians in the highest level of support seen in 22 years.

    According to data gleaned from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, 64 percent of Americans support Israel over the Palestinians, with 12 percent backing the...

  • Retract Zionism slur, U.S. lawmakers urge Turkey’s Erdogan

    March 13, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Eighty-nine members of the U.S. Congress signed a letter calling on Turkey's prime minister to retract his comments blasting Zionism.

    The lawmakers, representing both houses of Congress and both political parties, sent the one-page letter to Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to express...

  • Israel and the Palestinians gearing up for Obama visit

    March 13, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Preparing for a US presidential visit is a huge job. Preparing for a US presidential visit the week before Passover is an almost insurmountable task.

    While in Jerusalem, the President will be staying at the historic King David hotel, which used to be the site of the British...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • Israel releases tentative Obama schedule

    March 11, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    Israel released a tentative itinerary for President Obama's visit to Israel and the West Bank.

    The March 20-22 visit, according to the schedule released Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, will include visits to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, as well...

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