by Joshua Mitnick |
Netiv Ha’asara, Israel — Israel’s dilemma over using fuel and gas supplies to punish Gazans for rocket fire came into sharp focus this week when a salvo of five mortar shells slammed down on this farming cooperative near the Gaza border.
Despite a government decision to impose the controversial sanctions to deter Palestinian militants from similar attacks in the future, experts and locals doubted whether cutting electricity in Gaza would contain the cross-border strikes.
by Larry Cohler-Esses |
The key organizer of a campaign to deny tenure to a Barnard College professor seen by some as virulently anti-Israel acknowledged this week that her petition against the professor may not have quoted the book completely accurately.
Barnard alumna Paula Stern, who now lives in an Israeli settlement community on the West Bank, acknowledged Tuesday that her petition —signed now by more than 2,500 people — incorrectly quotes from Abu El-Haj’s book in charging she is grossly ignorant of Jerusalem geography.
by Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem — As much as he’s been wanting to complete his master’s degree in history, David Graniewitz would rather be standing in front of a classroom, teaching history or English to junior high and high school students.
Instead Graniewitz, who has taught in Israeli secondary schools for almost 20 years, has spent the past couple of weeks glued to his kitchen table, focusing — or trying to focus — on his own studies.
James D. Besser |
What organizers claim is an unprecedented coalition of Jewish and Evangelical Christian groups is taking shape to fight any Israeli compromises on the status of Jerusalem at next month’s Annapolis peace summit.
And while no major non-Orthodox group has endorsed the effort, several top Jewish leaders said the anti-compromise push could get real traction from a community with strong religious and emotional connections to the city.
The names in the news in Israel in recent days are Rambo, Shelly and Tibor.
No last names.
They are, respectively, two giraffes and a white rhinoceros.
Rambo and Shelly, 2-year-old giraffes born in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, found a new home last week at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv. The previous week, Tanda gave birth to Tibor, the first baby rhino born in the safari park in 15 years. Mother and calf were reported in good health.
Despite lengthy police questioning this week of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert into his role in a bank privatization deal, analysts have all but dismissed the probe and said Olmert’s political fortunes have never been better.