Hagee: Obama Anti-Israel, Not Anti-Semitic

Pastor John Hagee “clarified” that he did not mean to call President Obama anti-Semitic but anti-Israel. Hagee, the Christians United for Israel founder, in a statement last Friday, said he was issuing a clarification to comments he made Nov. 23 to the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner in New York following “conversations with friends… Read More

IDF Launches Probes into Gaza Incidents

The Israel Defense Forces opened criminal investigations into eight deadly incidents that occurred during its 50-day Gaza operation.The investigations, involving the deaths of 30 Gazan Palestinians, were announced Saturday night by the IDF’s Magistrate Advocate General service. Among the incidents is a July 20 airstrike on the home of the Abu Jama family in Khan… Read More

Death in the Balance

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In the aftermath of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s death on Nov. 1 and the release of a pre-recorded video of Maynard expressing support for the “Death with Dignity” movement on Nov. 19, the date that would have been her 30th birthday, the nation’s attention has returned to an issue that has been a source of controversy… Read More

Pennsylvania Dad Files Complaint over Star of David

A middle school father outside Harrisburg, Pa., has filed a complaint with his son’s school alleging that a teacher’s Star of David necklace violates Pennsylvania state law. Act 14 Section 1112 prohibits public school teachers in the state from wearing any “dress, mark, emblem or insignia indicating the fact that such teacher is a member… Read More

American, Israeli Jewry Challenge Chief Rabbinate

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A growing number of American Jews are challenging Israel’s chief rabbinate on issues of pluralistic religious freedom. With the Orthodox rabbinate’s strict rules governing matters of marriage, divorce, burials and conversions, American Jewish leaders, along with Israeli partners, are working to spur world Jewry to demand change, citing national security concerns in Israel, religious rights… Read More

What Matters Most

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TEL AVIV — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over the rising cost of living and the economic burdens of the underemployed… Read More

Magnified

Dalia Rabin and Aaron David Miller (center) were the guests in a panel 
discussion that was moderated by New York Times deputy national editor Ethan Bronner.

“It’s serious” was the simple, yet striking response of Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late Israeli prime minister, when asked about the West becoming more critical of Israel during a wide-ranging panel discussion that covered relations between Israel and the United States. The chair of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the national institute dedicated to the… Read More

Protesters at Pitt Disrupt Talk by Former IDF Medic

PITTSBURGH — Masked protestors wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, necessitating the intervention of campus police and culminating with the removal and citation of one protester while others fled from the scene. Approximately a half-hour into the program — which featured… Read More

Goucher Graffiti

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The Goucher College community is split this week on how to handle the recent emergence of graffiti on the campus’ Hillel building. Students returned from Thanksgiving break early last week to find a cross, two crescent moons and a Star of David spray-painted on the outside of the building, along with two messages: “Stop the… Read More

All for One

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For some in New York City’s Jewish community, the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer implicated in the death of an unarmed Staten Island man in broad daylight struck such a cord that some were willing to risk arrest in protest. “I do believe we have a big contribution to… Read More