Malcolm Hoenlein

American-Jewish Iranians Reject Rouhani Invitation To Meet

09/23/2013
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When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as president of Iran, would invite leaders of the Iranian Jewish community in the U.S. to meet with him when he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the answer was a definitive “no.”

After all, he was a Holocaust denier whose stated goal was to wipe Israel off the map.

But in recent days, when the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, issued a similar invitation, there was considerable discussion among the leadership of the Iranian Jewish community here and in Los Angeles as to the appropriate response. Unlike his predecessor, Rouhani has been on a one-man public relations campaign, seeking to soften his country’s image in the hopes of easing tough economic sanctions and countering talk of military action against Iran.

Iranian Jewish leaders hoped Rouhani would offer proposals to expand freedom, but "haven't seen anything yet." Getty Images

Israel Apologizes To Turkey For 2010 Flotilla Incident

03/22/2013
Staff Writer

In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.

Nine Turks died during the 2010 flotilla incident when they attacked Israeli soldiers boarding their ship.

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, Chaplain At Buchenwald Liberation, Dies At 95

03/21/2013

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a national Jewish leader and the only Jewish chaplain present at the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, died Thursday at the age of 95.

Shalit: "Thank You"

06/28/2012
Staff Writer

Gilad Shalit, the 25-year-old Israeli soldier freed by Hamas terrorists in a prisoner exchange in October, thanked the Jewish community here today for their support during his more than five years of captivity.

“I want to thank everybody for their efforts – here in the U.S. and all over the world,” he said in Hebrew at a special meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Malcolm Hoenlein (l.) of the Conference of Presidents speaks with released captive Gilad Shalit. Michael Datikash

The Goldstone Rush

After the judge’s surprise mea culpa, Israel advocates hurry to undo the damage.

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

In the Book of Esther read on Purim, King Ahasuerus tells Queen Esther that he cannot revoke his edict calling for the destruction of the Jews but that he would issue a new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves.

Israel’s consul for media affairs in New York, Joel Lion, offered similar advice this week to the American Jewish community following the surprise mea culpa by Richard Goldstone.

The retraction by Richard Goldstone, above, is a “teachable moment,” said a Jewish leader.

A Long-Distance Shiva For The Fogels

New York Jews unite at memorial for Itamar massacre.

03/22/2011
Associate Editor

Within the shiva week, astonishment at the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar gave way to the loneliness of long-distance mourning.

Udi and Ruth Fogel spent their final hours with Shabbat, she blessing the candles, he blessing the children.

Hoenlein Denounces Lack of U.S. Officials Outrage After Itamar Murders

03/17/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Malcolm Hoenlein, speaking for the foreign policy umbrella for U.S. Jewish groups, denounced governments including the Obama administration for lacking outrage after parents and three children were slaughtered in a West Bank settlement.

"If governments, even our own, do not stand up" then the Jewish people must "shriek and condemn and take action," Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said Thursday at a memorial service for the Fogels.

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘Stooge’ for Iran

01/31/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Upheaval On The Borders

Demonstrations in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon have Israel watching nervously.

01/25/2011
Staff Writer

Israel is watching with concern the street demonstrations that erupted this week in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon. The fear is that an Iranian proxy-state could emerge in Lebanon and that in Egypt the autocratic rule of aging President Hosni Mubarak could be overthrown.

Lebanese soldiers guard the streets in Sidon.
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