AIPAC Plans to Battle Iran as Conference Begins

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DEFENDS THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AT THE AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE. PHOTO BY MELISSA GERR.

Vice president Joe Biden on Sunday night addressed an AIPAC policy conference that was divided on the extent of the strength of the Obama administration’s support for Israel. Speaking at the Verizon Center to the pro-Israel lobby’s annual gathering, Biden quoted Irish writer James Joyce and poet William Butler Yeats, as well as Zionist father… Read More

Non-Jewish Activists Link Arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘Symbols War’

The unveiling of a bust of anti-Semitic Holocaust-era lawmaker Gyorgy Donath in Budapest drew the ire of mostly non-Jewish protesters.
(Adam Csillag)

Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably didn’t expect was that the Feb. 24 unveiling of a bust honoring Gyorgy Donath would attract a protest of mostly non-Jewish Hungarians. The protest would lead to the… Read More

Israel Touts Gay-Friendly Climate, But Rights Fight Faces Religious Firewall

Thousands march during the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.  (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

TEL AVIV — As the last Tuesday in February ended, it felt like Israel’s gay community had taken a major step forward. On Feb. 23, eight separate Israeli parliamentary committees convened to discuss a broad set of issues facing the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Lawmakers from a range of parties talked about… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

Pew Research released a study of Israeli’s attitudes, which show that a majority of Israelis agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of  Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes,  released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Lithuania Looks to Boost Tourism from Diaspora Despite Its Past

Lithuanian state tourism director Jurgita Kazlauskiene (left) gives  a presentation on Jewish historical sites at the Lithuanian Embassy  in Washington. (Daniel Schere)

Seven decades after the end of World War II, Lithuania is still struggling with the role it played in the Holocaust. German Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators killed more than 90 percent of Lithuania’s prewar Jewish population of more than 200,000. Last month, a group of Lithuanian Jews  demanded the government  release the list of… Read More

Why Israel Is Pilgrimage Site for Birds — and Birdwatchers

Thousands of cranes take flight in Israel’s Hula Valley.

HULA VALLEY, Israel — Thousands of cranes sit in pairs in a field here, their outlines approaching the horizon. Then, all at once, they take flight, a cloud of black-and-white feathers filling the sky. Shai Agmon isn’t interested in most of these. All he cares about is one pair near the front, slightly shorter than… Read More

Meet the Guys Helping Israeli Entrepreneurs Make It Big in the Big Apple

Arie Abecassis (left) and Eyal Bino are co-founders of ICONYC Labs, 
an "accelerator program" that helps launch Israeli startups in New York.

NEW YORK — The hoodie-clad millennials tap furiously at their laptops. They’re perched on colorful couches, or sitting at long, communal tables, munching on Fruit Loops from the built-in dispenser in the open, subway-tiled kitchen. In other words, AlleyNYC is your typical co-working space. There are plenty of international workers here, yet the space is… Read More

French Jews Struggling to Find Work in Israel

Catherine Berdah, pictured here with her husband and daughters at their apartment in Raanana, Israel, went from making $6,000 a month as a pharmacist to $6 an hour as a cashier. (Photo: Cnaan Liphshiz)

Raanana, Israel — Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a master’s degree in business and decades of experience, Berdah earned over $6,000 per month and presided over an expanding business with 14… Read More

Seeking Closure Palestinian terrorism victims, Israel advocates want more cases to be tried in U.S.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) saw in Israel’s justice system a lesson for  the United States.  (Daniel Schere)

Despite a commitment from the United States government to bring overseas terrorists to justice, American victims of Palestinian violence overseas are still searching for  answers. None of the 64 cases in the last 23 years has resulted in a conviction, prompting anger from some Jews here and in Israel. In 2004, Congress passed the Koby… Read More