Sympathy Does Not Betray Israel

Feeling can't stop at Israel’s border; it's necessary, if we are to try to assuage the suffering on both sides.

08/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As I sat in an office in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago refreshing live updates of the most recent escalation in Gaza, I felt a wave of déjà vu. The last time I had read similar updates this obsessively, they had been more intensely relevant to my own life. When I decided to volunteer in Tel Aviv in 2012 before beginning college I had not expected a war, although I knew it was an ever-present possibility in Israel. And yet there I was: jumping at sirens, running for shelter with my roommates, and waiting for the boom and smoke in the sky which signaled the Iron Dome’s success in meeting a missile mid-air. The Tel Aviv bubble had been broken, and a city I had come to know and love was tinged with fear. Dusty bomb shelters were reopened and people ran for those shelters, or whatever covering they could find, when the air raid sirens wailed. I vividly remember attempting to walk my usual route to work in a defiant attempt at normalcy – it failed, because I spent the entire time scanning every block for potential shelter in case of a siren.

Ruby Ritchin

Hamas Declares Victory

Hamas said it won the war and forced Israel to retreat because it couldn't wipe out Hamas. 

It agree to a three-day ceasefire that was supposed to end this installment of the on-going Israel-Gaza wars but when Israel refused to surrender to its demands, the terrorist group let the pause expire and resumed firing rockets and mortars into Israel.  Naturally, the renewed violence was all Israel's fault, a Hamas spokesman said, because the Zionists wouldn't meet Hamas's conditions.  

Italy Expels Imam For Preaching Hatred Against Jews

08/04/2014 - 20:00

Rome - Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled “for seriously disturbing the peace, endangering national security and religious discrimination.”

Why You’re Over There And Not Back Home

An open letter to the lone soldiers of the IDF.

08/04/2014 - 20:00

Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers),

Until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

Joel Chasnoff

Is This The World's Dumbest Question?

Jose Diaz-Balart this morning on his daily MSNBC show came up with one of the dumbest questions ever asked on cable television. 

Interviewing one of his network's reporters in Gaza about the breakdown of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the capture of an IDF soldier and the ongoing artillery and rocket exchanges playing out in the background, Diaz-Balart wanted to know, "How do you describe the ambiance there?"

Hamas Shows Off Its Rocketeers

Hamas has put out a video showing its ability to fire rockets from hidden underground launch pads to shooting on the run from the back of battered pick-up trucks or hidden among trees.  What they’re not boasting about in this video is firing from inside homes, hospitals, schools and other seemingly benign civilian buildings.

Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Ceasefire

Israeli forces remain in place and unwilling to compromise on tunnels.

07/30/2014 - 20:00

Washington — Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional cease-fire.

72-hour ceasefire declared in Gaza. Getty Images

Give War A Chance

Amid media frenzy and global outrage, Israel just needs more time. Will the world let Israel win?

07/30/2014 - 20:00

U.S. and Israeli officials have been working hard in recent days to ease the deeply bruised feelings on both sides after Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed cease-fire conditions appeared more sympathetic to the cause of Hamas, a declared terrorist organization, than to Israel, America’s greatest ally.


Israel Shelling Kills 15 at Gaza U.N. School

IDF had come under fire in area of school; death toll in Gaza now at 1,280, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

07/29/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

15 Palestinians killed in shelling on UN school. Getty Images.

Gaza: With God On Our Side

07/29/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Israel has had some terrific war songs, going back to 1948’s Palmach march, and 1967’s “Jerusalem of Gold,” performed for the first time as an elegy in May of that year, but transformed into a celebratory psalm three weeks later after the Six-Day War. The greatest English song supporting an embattled Israel is Bob Dylan’s blistering, sarcastic and yet poetic “Neighborhood Bully” of 1983, written in the wake of Israel’s leveling of an Iraqi nuclear reactor and of the 1982 Lebanon war.

Peter Himmelman’s “Maximum Restraint” is reminiscent of his father-in-law Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully.”  Peter Himmelman via
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