Health

An Outlaw In Autumn

Yosef Begun, the old
prisoner of Zion,
still defiant.

05/18/2010
Associate Editor

Yosef Begun, 78, one of the great refusenik “outlaws” of the last century, walks with a gentle lope through the streets of big cities, as out of place as an old cowboy after the frontiers got civilized. Others his age might think of themselves in life’s twilight but his twilight was long ago, when he was in his 30s, in the half-light of prison cells, where he’d remember a song about walking through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing nothing.

Yosef Begun’s place in Jewish life has gone from myth to among the missing. michael datikash

Fighting Obesity

05/18/2010

I congratulate The Jewish Week on your article, “Childhood Obesity Hits Israel” (Healthcare, May 7).
The Israel Heart Fund promotes programs to prevent heart disease. In 1999 we initiated a partnership with The Childhood Obesity center at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, Israel.

Perfidious Son: Aaron David Miller Rejects the Peace Process

05/17/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

Obama Authorizes $205 Million for Iron Dome

05/14/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration authorized $205 million to allow Israel to complete its Iron Dome short-range missile defense system.

White House Meets With Rabbis to Assuage Concerns on Israel

05/14/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- If you tell the rabbis, they will spread the word.

That was the thinking behind two intimate White House meetings -- the second of which took place on Thursday -- with a carefully selected slate of 15 rabbis from across the country and representing the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative streams.

How The Other 20 Percent Lives

Israeli Arabs say the country under-serves
their community, and underestimates its value.

Staff WriterIsrael Correspondent
05/12/2010

F lag Season is the time in the spring when Israelis remember victims of the Holocaust and military battles and terror attacks by standing in silence while sirens wail around the country. 

For the vast majority of Israeli Jews, it’s a time of somber remembrance and national pride, flags, and barbecues in the park. A period of reflection cushioned by the reality of having a Jewish homeland. 

For Arab Israelis, flag season conjures mixed emotions. Michele Chabin

Cracks In The Pro-Israel Wall

The emergence of J Street and what it means.

Assistant Managing Editor
05/12/2010

The  recent exchange of letters between Elie Wiesel, on one hand, gently reproaching the White House over its Jerusalem policy, and dovish Israeli politician Yossi Sarid, on behalf of J Street, on the other, seems to encapsulate the debate American Jews are having these days over what it means to be pro-Israel in 2010.

Eight candidates endorsed by J Street PAC stand in front of the Capitol building. j street

Obama Calls Abbas As Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks Begin

05/11/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama called  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the outset of renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks.

"The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks," a White House statement said Tuesday. "He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel."

Obama Calls Abbas As Talks Begin

05/11/2010

(JTA) —  President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the outset of renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks.

“The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks,” a White House statement said Tuesday. “He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel.”

Obama made a similar call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 3.

Taking Wiesel’s Advice

05/11/2010

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel came away from his private White House lunch with President Barack Obama last week with “a good feeling” about the administration’s commitment to Israel, he told The Jewish Week the next day in an exclusive interview. (See the full story on our Web site.)

“There was no small talk; it was all substance,” he said of the meeting, with just the two men in the room. “I spoke about what Jerusalem means to me. I said the Muslims have Mecca and we have Jerusalem.”

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