Israel/Mideast

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 8th, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is in the news

During an interview in his Senate office, Franken discussed the president’s problem coming to grips with anti-Semitism, and some of Trump’s other problems By MORDECAI SPECKTOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hart Senate Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, projects a cold vibe. The interior architectural style could be categorized as Federal Courthouse-Mausoleum Modern. However, 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 […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Editorial: Minnesota Legislature debates Israel

This week, some legislators at the Capitol in St. Paul paused from discussing the mundane issues of state government and heard arguments related to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There’s no foreign affairs committee in either body of the Legislature, so the first hearing on the “No Boycott of Israel” bill (H.F. 400/S.F. 247) occurred in […]

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian terrorist convicted of manslaughter

Sgt. Elor Azaria’s shooting of incapacitated Palestinian was captured on video by a resident of Hebron TEL AVIV (JTA) — An Israeli soldier who shot a downed Palestinian terrorist was convicted in an Israeli military court of manslaughter. The verdict against Sgt. Elor Azaria, 20, was read out Wednesday by a panel of three judges at the […]

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Trump: Son-in-law could broker Mideast peace

(JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump said his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner’s role in the White House could range from nothing to brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump was asked Tuesday in an on-the-record meeting with New York Times editorial staff what role Kushner would play in his administration. “Oh. Maybe nothing. Because I […]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Blog: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2

Iran, Syria and ‘deplorables’ were topics in the second debate By RON KAMPEAS (JTA) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not shake hands, and then they did. The Republican nominee called his rival the devil and said he would jail her. Clinton said that three minutes of a 2005 video in which Trump bragged […]

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Roll, Jordan, roll

EcoPeace Middle East has a plan for resolving water issues, which represent a security threat to Israelis, Palestinians and everybody in the region By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli director of EcoPeace Middle East, an environmental group with sections in Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan, visited the Twin Cities in September. He spoke […]