Palestinians

Shas Spiritual Leader Wishes for Demise of Abbas

08/30/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- On the eve of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party wished for the demise of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reportedly said during his weekly Saturday night sermon at a Jerusalem synagogue. "God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians."

Yosef also called the Palestinians "evil, bitter enemies of Israel."

Media Watch: A Palestinian Gandhi, Like Godot

Is Israel losing its U.S. base, as Kristof warns?

07/14/2010
Associate Editor

 New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has been writing quite a bit from Israel and the West Bank in recent weeks. We learn that Israel and her policies are “obtuse,” “self-defeating,” the government “lashes out with force,” is “hard-line,” has “shot itself in the foot,” and is “antagonizing its support base in the United States” (June 2), aside from being “unjust” and “malignant” (June 30).

 The Times’ Nicholas Kristof praises Israel as “noble” for its healthy level of dissent but raps some of its policies as unjust

Saudi - American 'friendship': are you kidding?

Ha'aretz ran this headline the other day: “Saudi king assures Obama of commitment to two-state Mideast solution” – and I was happy, since I needed a good laugh.

Sheinbein Crisis Deepens

This week Maryland prosecutors suffered yet another serious setback in their effort to make a teen murder suspect who fled to Israel and claimed citizenship pay for his crimes.
Making matters worse, Israel is apparently balking at paying the bil

07/09/1999
Washington Correspondent

This week Maryland prosecutors suffered yet another serious setback in their effort to make a teen murder suspect who fled to Israel and claimed citizenship pay for his crimes.
Making matters worse, Israel is apparently balking at paying the bill for the extraordinary legal proceedings despite earlier promises.
Over the weekend Samuel Sheinbein, accused in the 1997 murder of another suburban Washington teenager, Alfredo Tello Jr., surprised prosecutors with a not guilty plea.

We Didnít Start The Fire

10/24/2003
Associate Editor

After the 2002 Salute To Israel Parade, The New York Times published a clarification for a front-page photograph and article that focused, in an unbalanced way, on a handful of Palestinian protesters, relegating the 100,000 supporters of Israel to the background.

Questions Arise Over Demographic Presentation

01/21/2005
Staff Writer
Despite a presentation to Jewish leaders here last week that sought to refute statistics that indicate the soaring Palestinian birthrate will threaten the character of the Jewish state unless the Palestinians get their own state, not everyone is convinced. “It was an incredibly detailed presentation,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “On our mission [next month to Israel] we’ll have a presentation by those who have a different viewpoint.”

Palestinians Guilty In Shul Attack

12/20/2002
Associate Editor

Two juries deliberating the case of two Palestinians accused of trying to firebomb a Riverdale synagogue came back this week with divergent guilty verdicts.

For three months the juries heard the same testimony and saw the same evidence in the same courtroom in the Bronx County Court House, but the jury for Mazen Assi, 23, returned in one day with a guilty verdict on all seven counts, while the 12-member panel for Mohammed Alfaqih, 20, took four days to acquit on six of seven counts.

Five Uneasy Pieces

12/27/2002
Associate Editor

The first casualty of any war is truth, but there are other casualties ó important stories and issues that are obscured by the daily coverage of Israelís battle against the Palestiniansí more than 2-year-old uprising. Here are five issues this year that have been covered only to some extent, considerably more so in Israel than here, but are deserving of greater conversation and examination.
1. Israelís Economy

Sharon Shoved To The Middle

05/17/2002
Staff Writer
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat came under increasing internal pressure this week to implement structural changes in the Palestinian Authority, but many Israeli leaders and analysts dismissed any chance that the kind of reforms demanded by the United States and Israel would be forthcoming.

Summit Scrambling

The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

10/16/1998
Washington Correspondent
Summit Scrambling The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.
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