Center of Attention In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right

Dovid Katz has become a target of scorn for speaking out against 
ultranationalist groups in Lithuania.
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KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and… Read More

Tough Question Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?

Secretary of State John Kerry is flanked by Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France at U.N. headquarters in Geneva following nuclear talks with Iran in November 2013. Some U.S.
lawmakers fear that a focus on fighting ISIS will distract from preventing a nuclear Iran.
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WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That’s the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to combat ISIS. Concerns about how best to shape such an authorization without empowering Iran — a concern shared by Israel — are… Read More

Investing for a Cause

Amid the seemingly ever-growing popularity of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, some in the financial and investment community are returning fire with an initiative of their own. “It just occurred to me, as I watched the divestment campaign unfold — when the Presbyterians divested, that was kind of the final straw… Read More

Payback PLO, PA found liable; must compensate American victims of terror

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A federal jury in New York found the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) liable in a civil lawsuit over terrorist attacks perpetrated in Israel during the second intifada more than a decade ago. The jury at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan found the… Read More

‘No One Stuck Up for Us’

LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family, and their three kids were happy in school. Then this past summer, during the conflict between Israel and Gaza, they decided it was definitely… Read More

The Fight for ‘Israeliness’ Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

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TEL AVIV — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her shrill rebuttal… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

The Other Pro-Israel Lobby

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“Usually after the first event, it’s like a firestorm,” said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). “The excitement hits, the understanding settles in.” That, in short, illustrates the process through which CUFI has become America’s largest pro-Israel organization in less than a decade of existence. In January, CUFI… Read More