Israel

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

Sleepless In Jerusalem

Editor's Note: Miriam's reflection originally appeared on the Shutaf blog. We want to share the experiences living through the sirens for people with disabilities and will feature another voice from Jerusalem next week.

Parents of children, teens and adults with disabilities see the world through a very different prism – a unique prism of worry. We worry about different and more things than the rest of you do. The things that are obvious, attainable and easy for typical children can be huge obstacles for a child or young adult with special needs. Other 18-year-olds are moving on to a new stage in life – completing a gap year, going into the army or national service. At our house, we’re trying to get Vinnie to serve herself lunch.

This latest surreal situation in Israel is scary, especially for Israelis in the south. I can’t imagine. While Jerusalem has been relatively quiet, Vinnie was outdoors during one siren and the loud noise freaked her out. She’s been uptight since then, has had trouble falling asleep and bad dreams.

Miriam Avraham

Conflict With Hamas Unleashes Hatred Of Israel

Homeland Security officials brief Jewish leaders; French synagogues targeted; scuffles in L.A., Boston.

07/16/2014
Staff Writer
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In Antwerp, Belgium, last Saturday, approximately 500 people attended a protest against Israel’s retaliatory assault on Hamas, chanting in Arabic, “Slaughter the Jews.”

Smoke billows from the Gaza Strip Tuesday after an Israeli air strike. Getty Images

The Hamas Strategy: More Dead Gazans

07/16/2014
Editorial

A friend in Israel bemoaned the fact this week that the world loses its moral bearings when it comes to Israel. Tragically, examples abound. One wonders whether it will make any difference to critics of the Jewish state that Hamas refused to abide by the proposed cease-fire that Israel had accepted on Tuesday. No doubt the media focus will continue to be on the damage inflicted by Israel, as it seeks to eradicate the rocket launchers and munitions factories in Gaza, rather than on the fact that Israeli citizens have been under ongoing attack for years — a situation no country would tolerate.

Interfaith Leaders Launch Daylong Unity Fast For Mideast Peace

07/15/2014
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While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace.

Payback Time For Sderot

The New York Times has posted picture by a Danish reporter of Israelis standing on a hill outside Sderot to watch and cheer the bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli Air Force. 

There's a poetic justice in this scene after 14 years of Palestinian terrorists firing rockets and missiles at the Israeli town near the Gaza border, including in recent days.  

Reports: Israel Agrees To Ceasefire

Egyptian draft calls for 48 hours of calm, the delegations would travel to Cairo for talks.

07/14/2014
Staff Writer
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Israeli media is now reporting that Israel has agreed to an Egyptian draft ceasefire proposal. Hamas has not yet replied, but there are hints it may agree.

Israel Among 193 Countries Certified For NSA Monitoring

07/02/2014
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Washington — Israel is among the vast majority of countries that the U.S. National Security Agency may monitor for information about its targets.

Presbyterians Remove Controversial ‘Zionism Unsettled’ From Denomination’s Website

07/02/2014
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The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism.
“Zionism Unsettled,” published in January by the church-chartered Israel/Palestine Mission Network, is a history and commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that paints Israel as the aggressor and describes Zionism as inherently racist and theologically flawed.

Zionism Unsettled cover page. Courtesy of israelpalestinemissionnetwork.og
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