Emergency Aid For Israel

04/18/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
With Israel considering increasing taxes and cutting social service programs to fund its ballooning defense budget, the Jewish federation system in the United States and Canada has launched a multimillion-dollar Israel Emergency Fund. "Israel is in a crisis and it's incumbent on American Jews to do whatever they can to help," said James Tisch, chairman of the United Jewish Communities, which represents 189 Jewish federations in North America.

Big Parade, Bigger Wait For Marchers

06/03/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The 44th annual Salute to Israel Parade to mark Israel’s 60th birthday was the largest ever and was apparently a victim of its own success. The event drew so many marchers last Sunday — organizers estimate a record of more than 100,000 — that many groups had to wait up to two hours before they could join the line to march up Fifth Avenue.

Mideast Battle Hits City Hall

07/11/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the eyes of City Councilman Charles Barron of Brooklyn, his resolution calling for a halt to the killing of innocent Israelis and Palestinians and an even-handed policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian dispute was a no-brainer. "I don't see how people can be against an even-handed policy," he said.

Cards From The Diaspora

06/27/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Impressed with the outpouring of letters of support to New Yorkers following the 9-11 attacks, a local rabbinical student studying in Israel has organized a similar effort for Israelis. In three months it has triggered 13,000 cards of support. "I won't give up if you don't give up," said a handwritten card from a youngster named Moshe. "Dear Israel," wrote 8-year-old Jared from New York, "I watch the news every day. I pray for Israel when I walk from my house to my school and sometimes I cry. I wish I could come to help, but I'm only a kid."

Jewish Groups Pressed On Iraq

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent
Jewish Groups Pressed On Iraq Pressure is growing for Jewish groups to abandon their deliberately low-profile pose and dive into the intensifying battle over the Bush administration’s plans for a military strike against Iraq. The mounting pressure comes as Congress considers an administration resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq — and as some Democrats, led by former Vice President Al Gore, try to galvanize a strong opposition movement.

Jews Duck Iraq Debate

08/15/2002 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent
Jews Duck Iraq Debate The war drums are beating louder in Washington as the Bush administration thrashes out the details of its expected assault on Iraq. But Jewish groups, which have more reason than most to hope for an end to Saddam Hussein’s blood-soaked regime, have maintained a deafening silence. While a broad spectrum of Jewish leaders believes the administration is heading in the right direction, many worry that Israel could suffer dire consequences if Washington doesn’t complete the journey.

Lobbying Against Interim Statehood

06/20/2002 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent
Lobbying Against Interim Statehood As President George W. Bush struggled to put together yet another vision for ending Israeli-Palestinian violence and providing what he has called a political “horizon” for the Palestinians, Israel’s friends in Congress scrambled to put the brakes on the expected administration initiative. With a big boost from pro-Israel groups, lawmakers zeroed in on one issue: preventing administration support for an interim Palestinian state.

New Face Of Pro-Israel Activism

AIPAC takes on a more Orthodox cast
04/25/2002 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent
Washington — It didn’t exactly resemble a shul in Borough Park, but there was no mistaking the growing Orthodox imprint on the pro-Israel lobby when it gathered here this week. Though no official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee would estimate the extent of the new Orthodox strength, several Jewish leaders commented on what seemed to be a growing proportion of Orthodox among participants at the group’s annual policy conference.

AIPAC Meets in Fortress Atmosphere

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent
In an unsettling reminder of a besieged Israel, more than 2,000 delegates to this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference met in a downtown Washington hotel transformed into a heavily fortified enclave. Inside, the mood was unprecedented unity and commitment to the pro-Israel cause; the surge of anti-Semitic violence in Europe and the strong electoral showing by French ultra-right nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen provided an ominous undertone.

Rally Organizers See A More ‘Energized’ Community

01/13/2009 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week
They came this time in twos and threes, with spouses, children and grandchildren, with small groups of friends — all in the hope of sending a message that American Jews stand with Israel in its battle with Hamas, the faction of Islamic militants that rules Gaza.
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