Israel/Mideast

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 […]

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The new ‘face’ of B’Nai Brith Canada

Indigenous activist, a member of Métis nation, launched a successful pro-Israel organization By HILLEL KUTTLER (JTA) — Activist Ryan Bellerose sees Israel as not just “a light unto nations” in a general sense — it’s a prescription, too. Specifically, the State of Israel, whose establishment Bellerose considers the “greatest human rights story ever,” can offer […]

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies

Nobel Peace Prize winner, who served as prime minister three times, was 93 By BEN SALES TEL AVIV (JTA) — Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, has died. Peres died before dawn Wednesday at 93, Israel Radio reported. The former president suffered a massive stroke […]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Sharps: American Righteous Among the Nations

New documentary by Ken Burns tells the story of a minister and his wife who save Jewish lives in the Shoah By BEN SALES (JTA) — In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister […]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

As Israel and the U.S. drift apart

Our Separate Ways: The struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israeli Alliance, by Dana Allin and Steven Simon, PublicAffairs, 284 pages, $26.99. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Demographic and political changes are pushing Israel and the United States apart, say Dana Allin and Steven Simon, and they suggest dramatic, perhaps impossible action to try to reverse […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Elie becomes a fighter

An elite military unit reminds its soldiers of the mission: ‘Tomorrow War’ By TEDDY WEINBERGER At the conclusion of a soldier’s training, the IDF conducts an “end of course” (sof maslul) ceremony. My son Elie, who is in an elite, secret commando unit, recently completed a relatively lengthy 16-months of training. (I was rebuked by […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Soros group is latest hack victim

Emails of the Open Society Foundations state objective of ‘challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies’ By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hacked emails show that the Open Society Foundations led by Jewish billionaire George Soros have as an objective “challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies” in international forums, in part by questioning Israel’s reputation as […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A third Jewish Temple?

Temple Institute uses new tools of internet to bring ancient message to the masses By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — “It’s time to build,” reads the tagline of the Temple Institute’s latest YouTube video. The phrase encapsulates the group’s controversial mission to rally Jews to reconstruct the Temple that was the heart of their religion […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Historian’s rejection of Zionism sparks debate

Acclaimed American Jewish historian says her views reflect a widespread trend By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Hasia Diner is one of the most acclaimed American Jewish historians in the country. A product of the Habonim Dror Zionist youth movement, she is a former Fulbright Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. Now, […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Israel’s largest-ever delegation is ready for Rio

Contingent of 47 athletes will vie for medals in 17 sports By MARCUS MORAES RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — When the 2016 Olympic Games open here on Friday evening, Israel will proudly show off its largest delegation ever, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports. Among them are golfer Laetitia Beck, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor; Lonah Chemtai, a Kenyan-born marathoner, […]