Israel/Mideast

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Kaddish for the Syrian dead

Recalling lessons of Passover, Israelis pray for their Syrian ‘enemies’ By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — At a Shabbat service in Tel Aviv on Friday evening, congregants recited the mourner’s prayer for those killed in Syria’s civil war. Standing before a mural of the Tree of Life, the rabbi of Beit Daniel, the largest […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A taste of Ethiopian Jewish culture

Rebecca Avera represents Israel to the Jewish community in Las Vegas By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Rebecca Avera is a patriotic Israeli, although she has participated in protests against government policies. Her loyalty owes in large part to her parents’ dream of aliya. Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community, they fled their homeland amid war and repression. […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Omri Casspi runs with the Wolves

The first and only Israeli in the NBA comes to Minnesota and ponders his basketball future By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Life in the National Basketball Association has its ups and downs. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA, was with the Sacramento Kings this season, then found himself part of a trade, […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Partisanship carries the day at AIPAC confab

Republican and Democratic party leaders trade partisan shots at AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders tussled on the AIPAC stage on the final day of its policy conference over which party’s prescriptions were better for Israel. The display of partisanship on Tuesday morning, hours before […]

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Alleged culprit in JCC bomb threats arrested

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Trump, the change agent?

The president, who sent his real estate lawyer to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, has taken fairly traditional positions on Middle East issues By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

J Street’s youth movement takes center stage

Photos and Story by MORDECAI SPECKTOR So let me be very clear: to oppose the policies of a right-wing government in Israel does not make one anti-Israel or an anti-Semite. We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Are you hip to cadur-reshet?

This women’s sport you’ve never heard of is taking Israel by storm By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of. For that matter, few Israelis knew about catchball — or cadur-reshet in Hebrew — a […]

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Senate panel hears ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill

Legislation to counter anti-Israel BDS movement likely will be revised to address First Amendment concerns By MORDECAI SPECKTOR ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict came before Minnesota legislators again, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the Senate’s State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee heard discussion on SF247, which first appeared as the “No Boycott […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Evangelicals speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington

Trend worries liberals who see evangelicals’ Bible-based views as too right wing, both on social issues as well as Israel affairs By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to […]