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How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/28/2014
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The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

How Hamas Measures Success

Hamas reminds me of that old commercial for Timex watches when the announce would intone, "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking."

When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass

07/23/2014
Editor and Publisher
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Los Angeles — There is so much to read these days about the Israel-Hamas conflict. There are constant reports from Gaza and Israel, with correspondents from around the world reporting on up-to-the-minute casualty figures. My suggestion for those who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of this war is simple: study the Hamas Charter.

Gary Rosenblatt

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/23/2014
Staff Writer
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The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

In Face of Israel Flight Bans, Aliyah Persists

War bride, toddler twins, and over 200 others land in Tel Aviv hours before rocket attack one mile away.

07/23/2014
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Ilana Barta, a 23-year-old from Teaneck, N.J., walked off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning with her wedding dress in hand. Her fiancé, a 22-year-old from Efrat, is an officer in the Paratrooper unit currently on active duty in Gaza. Though she hasn’t heard from him since the ground operation began, their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Still arriving, despite the war in Gaza. Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
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Israel’s Winning Hearts And Minds

Polls show major U.S. groups backing Israel.

07/23/2014
Associate Editor
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Israel is not only winning the war in Gaza but the hearts and minds of Americans. Two polls conducted by CNN and the Pew Research Center reveal support for Israel that is solid among virtually every age, race, political party or religion. Pew found 51 percent of Americans sympathetic to Israel, only 14 percent sympathetic to the Palestinians (with the rest answering “both,” neither or “don’t know”), while CNN found 57 percent of Americans saying Israel’s military actions are “justified” and 34 percent saying Israel was “unjustified.”

NBC=Not Bothering Checking

Towards the end of a report on the Nightly News Monday evening NBC Anchor Brian Williams read a statement from Hamas accusing Israel of "murdering" hundreds of civilians and denying that his group had ever targeted Israeli civilians.

Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan did not appear on camera, as he has on other networks, but Williams read his statement:

The Newest New Normal Of Rockets And Violence

Editor's Note: Yesterday we featured another voice from Israel, "Sleepless in Jerusalem." We appreciate Miriam and Beth bringing us their perspectives during this very hard time.

This summer, noises make me jumpy. “What if I miss a siren,” I wonder to myself, thinking of a friend who lives in a neighborhood where she depends on friends to SMS her when the siren blares. The loudspeakers just don’t work right.

What if I’m not near Akiva, our youngest who has special needs, when the siren blows? Happily, he’s coped, even one Saturday afternoon when the siren blew during B’nai Akiva, the local youth movement not known for its organization and planning.

Beth Steinberg

Oy Vey, $end Money

If you're like me, you've been closely following the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas, and trying to dig out from under a flood of urgent appeals -- phone, snail mail and email -- from Jewish groups urging you to "show your support" for Israel.

How to show support? Send money, of course.

Some are soliciting for Israel Emergency Funds, as in prior crises, but most are collecting for their own coffers.

Even Paranoids Have Enemies

07/18/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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The current hostilities between Israel and Hamas have, yet again, brought to the forefront a long-simmering feud between many supporters of Israel and the world of print, broadcast and electronic journalism.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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