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Hotdogs And Israel: An Unexpected Friendship

05/25/2010

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street is a Sabrett hotdog stand, which is usually busy. Especially on Sundays, and particularly during a big parade.

But on this Sunday, May 23, vendor Manuel Ordóñez, a middle-aged native of Honduras, came to realize why business was slow.

After a few hours of standing on his corner, Ordonez realized why he was getting fewer costumers than expected. Many of the parade-goers were observant Jews coming to support the Israeli Day Parade, and they don’t eat non-kosher hotdogs.

Israeli Spectator Wonders Why Thousands Here Saluting Her Country

05/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The young woman walking along Fifth Avenue seemed confused. She was from a small country thousands of miles away, yet saw throngs of people in matching T-shirts waving her country’s flag and singing in her native language.

She hesitantly approached us as we stood on the sidewalk, watching the May 23 Salute to Israel Parade. “Excuse me,” she said, in an accent that was clearly Israeli. “Why is everyone walking down the street carrying Israeli flags?”

African-Americans Express Empathy For Israel

05/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The annual Israeli Day Parade was not just for about the Jewish community. The African-American community was well represented on Sunday by parade marchers and curbside supporters.

Bright Flight

Israel’s brain power is increasingly global and mobile, and the country is moving to keep academics at home.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

T el Aviv — Israeli Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz announced recently that the country was unintentionally subsidizing the entire Western world to the tune of some $3 billion with its exported brain power. 

“We have one tremendous resource and that’s our human capital,” Hershkowitz told a recent conference on education, basing his estimate on the amount Israel invests in training its academics, thousands of whom are working abroad. “But we are bearing witness to brain drain abroad.” 

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How The Other 20 Percent Lives

Israeli Arabs say the country under-serves
their community, and underestimates its value.

Staff WriterIsrael Correspondent
05/12/2010

F lag Season is the time in the spring when Israelis remember victims of the Holocaust and military battles and terror attacks by standing in silence while sirens wail around the country. 

For the vast majority of Israeli Jews, it’s a time of somber remembrance and national pride, flags, and barbecues in the park. A period of reflection cushioned by the reality of having a Jewish homeland. 

For Arab Israelis, flag season conjures mixed emotions. Michele Chabin

Off Message

Israel’s public relations problem can be fixed,
experts say, but not by clinging to the old narratives.

Israel Correspondent
05/12/2010

F irst, the good news. 

Despite frustration among Jews in Israel and North America that the country is losing the public relations battle because of the recent Gaza war and its current hard-line government, recent surveys show remarkably robust support for the Jewish state. 

The Gallup 2010 country-favorability rating ranked Israel fifth, trailing stalwart allies like the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Canada. Israel enjoys a favorability rating of nearly 50 percentage points over the Palestinians. 

Since the war in Gaza and the UN report authored by Richard Goldstone, inset, Israel has been on the PR defensive. Photos by Get

The Gap Generation

Between Israel and many younger Jews here
stands a gaping cavern. Needed: a new narrative
to bridge the divide.

Staff Writer
05/12/2010

 A nyone checking out some popular Jewish websites a few weeks ago learned a subtle lesson about American Jewry. On “mainstream” home pages, which appeal mostly to an older demographic — affiliated members of the Jewish community — were these: travel missions to Israel (jewishfederations.org); articles about “Israel’s Ethical Defense” and media coverage of the Middle East peace process (aish.com); several essays about relations between Israel and the United States (jewishworldreview.com).

So Near, So Far

Birthright Israel and the complicated — and contradictory —
business of building Jewish identity.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

 A traveler’s quiz: When American Jewish tourists arrive at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, which two words are they more likely to be greeted with?

A) “Welcome home!” 

B) “Passport, please.”

Building diaspora identities? A recent Birthright trip.

‘We Know The Quiet Won’t Last’

The current Israeli-Palestinian situation seems a tolerable — even a desirable — alternative,
but perhaps only for now.

Israel Correspondent
05/12/2010

 

The main shopping mall in Kfar Saba, a suburb of Tel Aviv, was bombed by a terrorist in 2002 during the most recent Palestinian uprising. It’s been more than seven years, but glass barriers still ring the mall’s perimeter, forcing shoppers to pass through a security check — a reminder of the uncertainty that nags Israelis even though the uprising has long since died out.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Cracks In The Pro-Israel Wall

The emergence of J Street and what it means.

Assistant Managing Editor
05/12/2010

The  recent exchange of letters between Elie Wiesel, on one hand, gently reproaching the White House over its Jerusalem policy, and dovish Israeli politician Yossi Sarid, on behalf of J Street, on the other, seems to encapsulate the debate American Jews are having these days over what it means to be pro-Israel in 2010.

Eight candidates endorsed by J Street PAC stand in front of the Capitol building. j street
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