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  • Mort Klein handily wins re-election as ZOA chief

    March 10, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Mort Klein was re-elected as national president of the Zionist Organization of America after facing his first challenger in a 20-year tenure.

    Klein garnered 93 percent of the vote on Sunday at ZOA’s 97th National Convention. The incumbent defeated the group’s vice chairman,...

  • Three reasons to pay attention to the ZOA’s leadership fight

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 7, 2014 | 10:32 am

    When the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) delegates gather in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 9, to kick off the organization’s 97th national convention, they’ll be faced with a choice between the two men who want to lead the staunchly pro-Israel organization.

    On one side...

  • ZOA’s Klein faces challenger for first time in decades

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Over the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, as well as to weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and to undergo heart surgery....

  • ZOA: Iran deal is Munich, Obama is Chamberlain

    November 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Never an organization to mince words in its criticism of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, the right-wing Zionist Organization of America blasted the interim Iran deal in the strongest terms:

    The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has described the...

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  • In meeting with Rand Paul, Republican Jews hear ‘pleasant surprises’

    June 20, 2013 | 9:57 am

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had a reconciliatory meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition in his latest bid to forge ties with the pro-Israel community.

    “There were some pleasant surprises,” Matthew Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition’s director, told the Washington Post’s...

  • ZOA regains tax-exempt status

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 20, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    After 15 months, the nonprofit pro-Israel Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has regained its tax-exempt status.

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revoked the ZOA’s status in February 2012 after the group failed to file its required forms for three consecutive years, an act...

  • Zionist leader offers doubt about Shangri-La verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 27, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    After the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, were found guilty in August of discriminating against a group of Jews who had come to a party held on the hotel pool’s deck, Steven Goldberg, national vice chair of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA),...

  • Hagel’s other problem

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    As any news junkie will tell you, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, didn’t do very well at his Senate confirmation hearings last week. Our own political editor, Shmuel Rosner, not known for hyperbole, called his performance “terrible.”...

  • Jews and guns: A day on the firing range

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Susanne Reyto carefully loaded her rifle and switched the safety off. Peering into the scope attached to the top of the weapon, she pulled the trigger while former U.S. Army platoon leader Charlie Jasper looked on to ensure she was handling her weapon safely.

    To their right,...

  • ZOA fires L.A. director Orit Arfa

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Orit Arfa, executive director of the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Western Region, was fired from her job on Nov. 19, one day after she addressed a crowd at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles that she helped organize, telling the crowd she was “proud” to work for the ZOA....

  • ZOA L.A. office in doubt

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Citing budgetary pressures, the Zionist Organization of American (ZOA) will vacate the small office it has rented in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard later this month. 

    The pro-Israel nonprofit exercised an opt-out clause in October,...

  • As Morsi and Brotherhood spur alarm, what to do about Egypt?

    October 30, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    Jewish groups looking for signals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came -- in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered “amen” to an imam’s call for God to “deal harshly” with the Jews.

    Morsi's nod at Friday...

  • ZOA cancels annual fundraising gala over tax issues

    October 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Zionist Organization of America, which lost its tax-exempt status earlier this year, has canceled its high-profile annual fundraising dinner.

    Due to legal restrictions, money raised above the costs of the dinner would have gone to an outside account. ZOA would not be able to...

  • Specter remembered as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants

    October 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.

    The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S....

  • ZOA’s lost tax-exemption status prompts demand for new leadership

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    On Sept. 11, the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) board of directors met in New York and overwhelmingly approved a resolution expressing confidence in the organization’s direction and in the leadership of Morton Klein, its president of 19 years.

    The vote came less than a...

  • ZOA loses tax-exempt status

    September 11, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax-exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The organization did not file returns for three consecutive years, The Forward reported Sept. 11.

    Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed that the organization has not been...

  • Hotel Shangri-La, ZOA find common ground

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    On Aug. 21, on the heels of a jury decision that found the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, along with one of its part-owners, had discriminated against a group of Jews during an incident in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice...

  • ZOA calls off Hotel Shangri-La protest after ‘concessions’ from owner

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice that it was planning a protest Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of the Hotel Shangri-La to “express outrage” following a recent jury decision that found the hotel and its owner had...

  • ZOA to protest outside Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the wake of the recent jury verdict that found the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had illegally discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the...

  • Hiding Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 8, 2012 | 11:28 am

    There are two ways to look at the Obama administration’s decision to exclude Israel from its global anti-terrorism initiative. If you recall, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Istanbul last month to convene the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the group of invitees...

  • After barring anti-Islam activist,  Federation reconsiders events policy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:44 am

    In the aftermath of its June 24 decision to bar conservative blogger and anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller from delivering a speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is crafting a new policy for non-Federation-sponsored events at the...

  • ZOA prevails in wrongful termination suit

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 5, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills cleared the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) of all claims brought against it by a former employee alleging wrongful termination as well as pregnancy and sex discrimination.

    Judge Richard A. Stone found that Julie...

  • Anti-Muslim activist barred from speaking at Jewish Federation headquarters

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 25, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles barred anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller from delivering a previously scheduled speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters on June 24.

    Geller, who is Jewish, had been set to address the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of...

  • ZOA defends itself against discrimination suit

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand last week in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

  • ZOA sued for discrimination, national president Morton Klein takes the stand in Beverly Hills courtroom in defense

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 14, 2012 | 8:11 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand Thursday in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

  • Rutgers president urged to combat campus anti-Semitism

    April 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

    The Zionist Organization of America sent a letter to the president of Rutgers University, urging him to do more to combat anti-Semitism on the campus.

    ZOA was responding to an incident in which a Jewish student was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack by a university-funded,...

  • ZOA to recognize Glenn Beck

    November 17, 2011 | 10:50 am

    The Zionist Organization of America will honor Glenn Beck as a “defender of Israel.”

    Beck on Sunday will receive the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon Adelson Defender of Israel Award, presented by Adelson, the casino magnate who is a major backer of the ZOA and other pro-Israel and conservative...

  • ZOA lobbies for embassy move, P.A. cut-off

    May 13, 2011 | 11:07 am

    A Zionist Organization of America mission to Congress lobbied for bills that would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it declares statehood.

    Some 400 delegates met with an array of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives...

  • Briefs: Three plead guilty in SoCal terror plot; Report says UCI acted properly

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Three Plead Guilty in Terror Plot

    Three members of an Islamic terrorist cell who were on the verge of attacking the Israeli consulate, an El Al ticket counter and two synagogues, face up to 20 to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiring to levy war...

  • Benefits bolster the case for reciprocity

    By Judea Pearl

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The past few months saw rising temperatures of accusations and counteraccusations among sections of the Jewish community. Leftist Jews criticized Israel, professor Alvin Rosenfeld criticized anti-Zionist Jews, the American Jewish Committee (AJCommittee) published Rosenfeld's...
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