A light rain fell as hundreds of New Yorkers rallied across the street from the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan Wednesday to voice their support for the embattled Jewish state in the wake of the Gaza flotilla deaths.
“This is a consensus rally,” said Rabbi Avi Weiss, the founder of AMCHA-The Coalition for Jewish Concerns. “Israel is facing an existential threat. It’s important for everyone to express solidarity with Israel.”
In New York, both sides (including some pro-Palestinian Jews) hold rallies.
Just one day after nine pro-Palestinian activists were shot dead aboard their ship in a clash with Israeli soldiers, activists on both sides of the issue took to the streets here in separate protest rallies.
“I’m outraged by the way the media portrayed the [Israel Defense Forces] as the bad ones,” said Dr. Elizabeth Layliev, an ob-gyn from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who said it was her first time at a pro-Israel demonstration and that she learned of it from Facebook.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- With nations around the world condemning Israel for the deaths of nine people aboard a Gaza-bound ship, israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to the White House.
Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Tuesday with President Obama following a weekend visit to Canada, which included a working meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The visit would have been Netanyahu's first meeting with Obama since a late March meeting at the White House in which the administration was accused of snubbing the Israeli leader.
As a longtime supporter of programming for Birthright Israel alumni and a current member of the Birthright Israel NEXT board of directors, I feel compelled, as I work with board chair Al Levitt and my friend Lynn Schusterman, to advance NEXT and its vision, to set the record straight about our largest and most long-running alumni program here in New York.
In response to Goldstone, IDF reps insist they exercised
utmost caution in Gaza while Hamas used children as combatants, shields.
Israel is continuing to fight back in the public relations war against the Goldstone Report’s claims that it committed war crimes in last year’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
A report last week by the Israeli nonprofit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center concluded that Hamas terrorists had used children as human shields, worn civilian clothes, fired rockets from mosques, placed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) around civilian homes and booby-trapped schools during the 22-day war.
It can be frustrating or awkward “to see people involved in a peace walk one week and the same people involved in an anti-Israel protest the next week,” said Rabbi Micah Kelber of the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, a small Conservative synagogue in the midst of one of the nation’s largest Arab communities.
When I logged onto Facebook Tuesday, 11 of my friends had changed their “status” to indicate that they have been waiting for a man for two years.
No, not for a proposal or a change of heart. The man they are still waiting for is Gilad Shalit, one of the eight kidnapped Israeli soldiers who are still missing. They’re waiting for him to come home alive and well.
Charly Rodriguez plays Latin jazz. So does Charly Schwartz: which may come as a surprise to his fellow band members in La Onda Va Bien. Schwartz and Rodriguez are the same person: the Brooklyn-born son of Cuban Jewish immigrants who raised him on equal parts Havana rhythms and "Hava Nagila."
International companies regularly swing by Symphony Space on the Upper West Side to perform in events such as "Haiti! The Spirit of Freedom," presented this week by the Pangea Theatre Company, or the World Music Institute's varied programs, which this season include Indian, Scottish and Judeo-Andalusian music and begin tonight with Omar Bashir in a tribute to his father, the famed Iraqi lute player Munir Bashir.
In the clearest account to date of how Israeli political candidates exploit U.S. charities for their campaign needs, an activist for Israel’s new centrist party, Mercaz, this week detailed its plans to raise at least $750,000 from U.S. donors through an American nonprofit organization.
“[We’ve] created a ‘Friends of Mercaz’-type agency to which people can actually donate their money,” enthused Shelly Sitton, referring to the Mercaz Party. “The other parties have been doing it for decades.”