Stewart Ain

Israeli Report: Whose War Crimes?

In response to Goldstone, IDF reps insist they exercised
utmost caution in Gaza while Hamas used children as combatants, shields.

04/07/2010
Staff Writer

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.
 

March On Washington Seen If U.S.-Israeli Crisis Continues

ADL's Foxman suggests event as Israeli government digs in over Obama demands.

03/29/2010

Tel Aviv - American Jews should consider a march on Washington unless the "crisis" in the U.S.-Israel relationship is resolved soon, according to Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

He observed that there is a "debate in the American Jewish community" about the best way to achieve Arab-Israeli peace and that such a march in the nation's capital would demonstrate where the American Jewish community lines up on this issue.

Obama administration policies are creating anxiety among Jewish leaders.

Accused Rabbi Rapist Was JTS Student At Time Of Incident

Arrested in parking lot of Arizona synagogue

03/25/2010
Staff Writer

An Arizona rabbi is being extradited back to New York on charges of raping a 7-year-old girl while he was a rabbinical student at the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000.

Authorities said the rabbi, Bryan Bramly, 45, is accused of raping the child while she slept over his family's home here. The girl, now 17, did not report the attack until last August.

Europe Bonds With Israel

03/24/2010

All that glitters, according to European investors, at least, isn’t Gold ... stone.

On the very day the European Parliament endorsed the Goldstone report accusing Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, European money managers were rushing to buy a nearly $2 million Israeli bond issue.

“These people are professionals and all of them were impressed with our economy,” said Zvi Chalamish, Israel’s consul and chief fiscal officer for the Ministry of Finance here.

Ministry of Finance official Zvi Chalamish: Israel’s economy “excellent.”

Young Leaders Stepping Up

03/24/2010

 It was encouraging to learn from Stewart Ain’s article, “Future Shock?” (March 5), that at the highest levels of our community there has been an effort to address a looming challenge in the future leadership of the Jewish community in North America.

Clinton’s Bluntness At AIPAC Rattles Nerves; Linkage Rapped

Scramble to decipher new diplomatic language; Gen. Petraeus’ comments seen as ‘dangerous.’

03/24/2010

With nerves frayed after the worst U.S. - Israel diplomatic dust-up in years, Jewish leaders this week were trying to assess whether there has been a fundamental change in U.S. policy toward Jerusalem — or simply a change in tone by an ally frustrated by the long years of stalemate.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells AIPAC crowd that status quo in Israeli-Palestinian conflict is untenable. getty images

Gauging The Fallout From British Expulsion

Action against Israeli diplomat could pave way for possible arrests of IDF officers in England.

03/24/2010
Staff Writer

Britain’s expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the use of a dozen forged British passports in the killing of a Hamas terrorist in January means Israeli army officers could be arrested if they visit Britain, according to a specialist on the United Kingdom and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Mineola Mezuzah

Over two decades, Chabad’s Rabbi Anchelle Perl has gradually rebuilt the Jewish presence in the county seat.

03/18/2010
Staff Writer

 

 
Mineola is the home of Nassau County’s government and its major court complex, but it would be a real stretch to suggest it has a thriving Jewish community. Anchelle Perl, a Chabad rabbi now in his 20th year in the community, has been trying to change that one step at a time.
 

Rabbi Anchelle Perl: His Lubavitch synagogue has spread Yiddishkeit in Mineola.

Presbyterian Group Calls For U.S. Aid Freeze

In recommendation before the Church’s General Assembly,
committee demands Israel end occupation and move separation wall to ’67 borders.

03/18/2010
Staff Writer

 

 
A committee of the Presbyterian Church USA has recommended that the church call for freezing all U.S. aid to Israel until it halts all building in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, withdraws from the Occupied Territories and moves the separation barrier to the 1967 border.
 

Clinton Softens Rhetoric, But Differences Linger

Reiterates ‘unshakable bond’ with Israel amid calls for calm.

03/18/2010
Staff Writer

After a week of harsh U.S. criticism over what it saw as an Israeli “insult” to Vice President Joe Biden, the Obama administration toned down the rhetoric Tuesday as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed suggestions that there was a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations.
 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, Benjamin Netanya roght.
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