Gaza

What I Saw During `Operation Pillar Of Defense’

11/29/2012

Four years ago, watching the coverage of Operation Cast Lead from the comfort of my dorm, I was a conflicted college student. As supportive as I was of Israel, I still found it painful any time I heard about civilian casualties in Gaza. What I saw portrayed in the media didn't add up: on the one hand I knew that the IDF was engaged in careful efforts to prevent civilian casualties, despite Hamas's strategy of fighting from amongst its own civilian population. Yet the media made it seem like the IDF was actively targeting civilians.

Nira Lee

Diary Of A Rabbi On An Emergency Mission In Israel: When Your Home Is In Danger, You Come Home

11/26/2012

Day One: Tuesday, Nov. 20                                                                                                    

Cease Fire: A Poem

Cease Fire
Curtail Fury
Comfort Family
Cry for Friends
Conclude Feuds
Commence Feeling

Cease Fire
Conquer Fear
Cultivate Faith
Crop Fields
Cook Food
Coordinate Festivities

Cease Fire
Compose Fables
Compute Formulae
Classify Ferrets
Customize Firewalls
Critique Foucault

Cease Fire
Caress Flesh
Collect Figs
Coach Football
Conceptualize Fantasies
Create Films

A man works out on the beach in Ashdod on Nov. 22, a day after the cease fire was declared. Getty Images

Poll: Half Of Israelis Say Operation Ended Too Soon

11/23/2012

Maagar Mohot research institute released the poll on Friday, according to news service JNS. Click here for more coverage of the operation Israel called "Pillar of Defense" and its cease-fire.

A Gaza rocket in an Eshkol Regional Council field during the latest conflict. Ronit Minaker

Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Goes Into Effect

Netanyahu accepted Obama's recommendation to give cease-fire a chance to work.

11/23/2012

Minutes after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect,

Israeli reserve soldiers leave the Gaza border on Nov. 22. Getty Images

Bus Explodes In Tel Aviv In Apparent Terror Attack

11/21/2012

A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack.

At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday's blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center - Ichilov Hospital.

The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near the central army base called the Kirya. The the injured were taken to Ichilov hospital.

Pet Peevishness Over A JPost Tweet

It’s a tough crowd out there on Twitter, particularly when you wade into anything related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Our former staff writer Sharon Udasin, who now covers animals, scientific innovation and the environment for The Jerusalem Post, learned that the hard way Monday when one of her tweets generated a firestorm of criticism, mockery, an unfavorable al-Jazeera mention and even some death threats.

‘We Don’t Want To Live In Fear Anymore’

Israelis support Gaza air strikes, but little enthusiasm for ground invasion.

11/20/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Ordinarily filled with noisy children, last Friday the Nisu’i elementary school in Jerusalem became a makeshift call-up center for reservists who, just hours earlier, had been told they were being sent to the front.

Still in civvies or in wrinkled uniforms they’d pulled out of storage, the men, religious and not, in their 20s and 30s, sat on the ground and watched as a group of teens played soccer in the schoolyard.

Taking cover in Jerusalem, above, and Nitzan, below getty images

Ignoring The Rockets

11/20/2012
Editorial

One of the positive things emerging from the tragic hurricane has been the solidarity of Israelis with the many New Yorkers who have lost their homes, or who are still dealing with physical and emotional desolation. Israeli groups such as IsraAID (the Israeli Forum For International Humanitarian Aid) and the alumni from the Ein Prat – Israel Leadership Academy, have come to us as volunteers, doing remarkable work in Breezy Point, Sea Gate and Far Rockaway, among other stricken areas, in conjunction with local agencies.

Is Criticism Of Israel Fair Game During War?

Yossi Klein Halevi and J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami debate the timing, tone of confronting Jerusalem’s policies.

11/20/2012

Jeremy,

If we are serious about a covenantal relationship between Israel and world Jewry, diaspora Jews not only have the right but the responsibility to criticize Israeli policies, from the left or the right, that seem to them inimical to Jewish values and interests.

My question is this: What, if any, are the limitations on diaspora criticism of Israel during war? I’m writing to you at a particularly sensitive moment, when Israeli cities and towns are under rocket attack, while Hamas centers in Gaza are under Israeli air bombardment.

Jeremy Ben-Ami left, Yossi Klein Halevi right.
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