Israel

How Marvin met Oshrat

12/04/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

“As soon as I saw Marvin, I liked him,” says Oshrat Kidron of Petah Tikva. She liked his look – a baseball cap with a skull cap underneath. Marvin's attentions were on someone else. When Oshrat asked for his phone number, he replied: “I lost my phone.”

She didn't think he was telling the truth (he was).

Oshrat Kidron and Marvin Casey

Children Evacuated From Israel’s North Get Chanukah Activities

12/04/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Hundreds of children evacuated from communities in Israel's north will participate in Chanukah activities run by the Jewish Agency.

The activities announced will include outings and performances in the center of the country.

The activities are being run in coordination with the relevant government authorities and in cooperation with the Migdal Or Association and the Noar Ha`oved ve Halomed youth movement.

Fire in Northern Israel Nearly Under Control

12/04/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The fire raging in northern Israel which has destroyed thousands of acres of land and claimed the lives of 42 people is nearly under control, Israeli officials said.

During a special meeting Sunday in Tirat HaCarmel, a community evacuated Thursday hours after the fire broke out, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told the Cabinet that "we are at the final hurdle."

Why are all those countries helping a "hated" Israel?

There's an interesting subtext to the outpouring of international support for Israel as it fights catastrophic fires in the north.

More and more, we hear that Israel is being “delegitimized” by an indifferent world, that so much of the criticism of its policies is based on “hatred” of the Jewish state, that support for its existence is all but nonexistent.

Israel Fire Update: Uncontrolled, 42 Dead, 17,000 Evacuated

12/02/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.

At least 17,000 Israelis were evacuated from the area of the blaze, which spread closer to Haifa on Friday. The University of Haifa, which was evacuated on Thursday, has become a staging ground for emergency personnel. Most of those killed by the fire were prison guard cadets aboard a bus that was trapped Thursday by burning trees felled by the flames. The guards were enroute to a nearby prison to carry out an inmate evacuation.

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U.S. Seeking Ways to Assist in Fire

12/02/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration is seeking avenues to assist Israel in combating raging forest fires in its north.

"I want to begin by offering our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all of those who've died as a result of the terrible forest fire in northern Israel," President Obama said Thursday evening, launching the annual White House Chanukah party. "As rescuers and firefighters continue in their work, the United States is acting to help our Israeli friends respond to the disaster."

Fire That Kills 40 Brings New Tragedy to Israel

12/01/2010 - 19:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In a country always on guard to prevent the next tragedy born of terrorism or war, an out-of-control forest fire was the culprit in a tragic bus incident that left some 40 people dead in northern Israel.

The bus, carrying police cadets from Israel’s prison service, became stuck Thursday morning among burning trees that fell on the road, trapping dozens inside who were on their way to evacuate prisoners from the path of the blaze. Most of the bus passengers were killed. Footage of the burned-out shell of the bus was broadcast throughout Israel.

Israel Dermatitis: The Other 92nd Street Y Debate

Well, the 92nd Street Y debate I went to on Tuesday was not quite as contentious as the flubbed Steve Martin one happening in the night before, but it still got pretty heated. A sold-out audience came to see Peter Beinart and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen debate former AIPACer Steven J. Rosen and Wall Street Journal editoral page editor and former Jerusalem Post editor Bret Stephens.

Amar Calls on Netanyahu to Quash Military Conversion Bill

11/30/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar said he will no longer be responsible for any state conversions if the Knesset passes a bill requiring recognition of all military conversions.

In a letter sent to Benjamin Netanyahu, Amar called the prime minister to prevent the passage of the bill, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Amar has charged a committee to look into legal and halachic issues surrounding the military conversions. He asked Netanyahu to allow the committee to conclude its work before allowing the legislation to go forward.

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