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Seeing Red For Summer

The search for kosher Rioja.

06/08/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

While the official beginning of summer may still be a few weeks away, summertime heat and humidity have already arrived here. For many wine drinkers hot weather calls only for white wine, and indeed no red wine can be as refreshing on a hot and humid day as a crisp, cool, white. Yet so many favorite summertime foods — cold-cuts, hotdogs and hamburgers — simply scream out for soft, easy drinking, medium-bodied, red wines. These days, one of my favorite summer reds is Rioja.

Ramon Cardova’s 2001 Rioja Reserva Especial is aged in new American oak barrels for 18 months.

Helen Thomas Quits in Wake of Israel Controversy

06/07/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Helen Thomas quit her job with Hearst in the wake of mounting outrage over her assertion that Israeli Jews should "return" to Poland, Germany and the United States.

"Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately," said a statement issued Monday by the Hearst Corp. "Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet."

The Gaza blockade: what do you do when U.S. and Israel interests aren't in sync?

Update: the New York Times asks  whether talk about Israel as a strategic liability instead of asset is gaining traction in this "Week in Review" article.  It's the New York Times, so look for some strong reactions from pro-Israel leaders in the next few days - and some qu

Journalist Thomas apologizes for anti-Israel remarks

06/06/2010

(JTA) -- Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas has issued an apology for saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

Thomas said Jews living in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else," during videotaped remarks to Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com on the sidelines of the White House Jewish heritage event on May 27.

The videotape of Thomas's remarks had over 900,000 views as of Sunday morning.

Needed: Nuance and Balance in Gaza Flotilla Debate

06/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

When the New Israel Fund sent an action alert to protest gender-segregated buses in Israel, we got an enthusiastic response.

When we and the human rights groups we fund were attacked in Israel, viciously and dishonestly, we asked for signatures to a petition to Prime Minister Netanyahu in support of democratic dissent, and we got a very enthusiastic response.

But the immediate reaction we got to a brief, carefully-balanced letter we sent about the...well, let's call it the disastrous incident of the Gaza flotilla... now that was a response.

Obama Extends Jerusalem Embassy Waiver

06/03/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama has extended a waiver for an additional six months delaying the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Obama's waiver, issued Wednesday, follows in the footsteps of predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who also extended the waiver every six months since the law was adopted in 1995 calling for the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Presidents are permitted to delay the move on national security grounds.

Report: U.S. Citizen Among Dead Flotilla Activists

06/03/2010

(JTA) -- A dual American-Turkish citizen is reportedly among the activists killed by Israeli soldiers when a Gaza-bound flotilla was intercepted by Israel's Navy.

Turkish investigators told the state-run Anatolia news agency that Furkan Dogan, 19, who has both Turkish and U.S. passports, took four bullets to the head and one to the chest in Monday's incident.

Jewish Groups Want Stronger U.S. Defense of Israel, Obama Not Obliging

06/02/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration appears to be rebuffing calls from some Jewish groups for the United States to be more assertive and public in defending Israel regarding the flotilla incident.

The bluntest appeal for a more pronounced pro-Israel posture came from Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, who is in Israel meeting with the Israeli leadership.

The Gaza Flotilla Battle - On Twitter

Shaping public opinion on the Gaza blockade, 140 characters at a time.

06/02/2010
Staff Writer

 Just moments after the Israeli navy boarded the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship in the Mediterranean en route to Gaza, an explosive battle of another kind was playing out on the Facebook and Twitter fronts. 

The phrases “Gaza flotilla” and “#freedomflotilla” were among the three highest “trending topics” on Twitter on Monday morning, Eastern Standard Time. By Tuesday morning, “flotilla” still remained among the top 10. 

Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean.
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