Gaza

Pillar Of Defense: NYU's Pro-Israel Student Group's Response

12/07/2012

When crisis overtook the Israel-Gaza border on November 14th, we, as New York University’s pro-Israel political organization, were committed to reaffirming our staunch support for the State of Israel. Our fellow students are aware of what we have accomplished, and we wish to inform the greater community as well.

At NYU, our organization is made up of 10 board members, 16 committee members, and over 200 active volunteers. Although our university contains over 19,000 undergraduate students, we maintain a vibrant and productive presence.

B’nai Jeshurun ‘Regrets’ UN Letter

Under pressure, rabbis say letter on Palestinian vote was ‘unedited draft’ and not nuanced enough.

12/06/2012
Staff Writer

Stung by criticism over their e-mail to congregants lauding the United Nations for recognizing the Palestinians, the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side sent a new e-mail Thursday morning to express regret that their original e-mail did not convey the proper tone.

“We regret the feelings of alienation that resulted from our letter,” the rabbis wrote.

Rabbis at B'nai Jeshurun have apologized for a letter celebrating the UN's Palestine vote. Photo courtesy B'nai Jeshurun

Weddings In A Time Of War

The recent Gaza conflict was tough on simcha preparations. ‘I was prepared to get married in the backyard if necessary,’ a bride says.

Israel Correspondent
12/04/2012

Jerusalem — Months ago, when Pnina Weiss was planning her late-November wedding, she spent a lot of time choosing the hall, the menu, the photographer.

What Weiss couldn’t anticipate was that a war would make it impossible to tie the knot in her fiancé, Shimon’s, hometown of Ashkelon, located just a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.

A week before their big day, Israel’s Home Front Command began prohibiting gatherings of over 100 people in the south of the country.

An Israeli couple, posed for photos at the Western Wall while a prayer vigil,held during the recent war between Israel and Hamas

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.

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