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Media Watch: Most Ignored Story Of 2010? Israel

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01/03/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

What was the most ignored story of 2010?

Israel. Really.

Only a handful of mainstream newspapers covered the Palestinian claims to the Western Wall and Rachel’s Tomb; or that Palestinian rockets were still landing in Israel; or the 1930s level of anti-Semitism in the official Palestinian media; or the Palestinian claims that Haifa and Sderot are occupied territory; let alone not covering the transcendent beauty of daily religious life and Jewish culture in Israel.

The most covered Israel story of 2010 was the flotilla crisis.

Disney Plans Park In Israel

01/03/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) — Haifa is poised to be the next home to a Disney amusement park.
A 20-acre, $168 million entertainment complex including a 25-screen multiplex and a Disney amusement park is set to be built near the Carmel Tunnel.
The Walt Disney Company's investment arm Shamrock Holdings and the Israeli New Lineo cinema chain announced the plans Tuesday.
The new complex is estimated to open in 2013.
 

Bibi Formally Requests Pollard Release

01/03/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

Roger Daltrey To Headline West Side Shabbaton

01/03/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger Daltrey, the legendary frontman of The Who, will appear at a Shabbaton on January 15th at the Orthodox West Side Institutional Synagogue. 

Presidents Conference Leader Meets Syria’s Assad

01/03/2011 - 19:00

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Hoenlein said the meeting Monday was at the invitation of Syria and not, as had been reported originally by the Israeli media, at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Borough Park Snow Recovery Slow

01/03/2011 - 19:00

Residents of Borough Park were still facing snow removal issues this week from the Dec. 26 blizzard, and an unnamed labor source told the New York Post those problems may be deliberate.

“Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] … its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine,” the paper quoted the source as saying. The lackluster snow removal may have been meant to embarrass Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has heavy political support in Borough Park, because of his budget cuts, the Post said.

State Safety Inspectors To Take Over Kosher Enforcement

01/03/2011 - 19:00

As advocates of the state’s kosher law enforcement unit pressed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for its inspectors, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which oversees the unit announced a plan Monday to train 85 food safety inspectors to do the job.

Is Marriage Obsolete?

01/03/2011 - 19:00

Is the institution of marriage on the verge of extinction? Referring to declining marriage rates and changing views toward marriage in the United States, a recent cover of Time magazine asked: “Who Needs Marriage?” What is the Jewish perspective on this important community issue?

Marriage Just Is

The Art Of The Meal

01/03/2011 - 19:00
Editorial Assistant

What is the perfect dish to enjoy while watching a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? It must be a pastry marrying a saffron- and rosewater-scented kataifi base (a Turkish delicacy) topped with a New York-style cheesecake.

Dessert and dialogue: A film of conflict will be the backdrop for a pastry uniting two cultures.

Gaza Doctor Sues; Friends Surprised

01/03/2011 - 19:00

One of the best-known tragedies of the Gaza conflict two years ago was the mistaken Israeli shelling of an apartment that killed the three daughters and a niece of Palestinian gynecologist Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish.

What made the tragedy all the more painful was that Abuelaish called a television reporter friend who was on the air when the shells struck and screamed into the phone, “My girls, oh God, they’ve killed my girls.” The reporter put his cell phone next to the microphone so the audience could hear Abuelaish’s anguished cries.

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