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Einat Wilf Q&A

The up-and-coming (and intermarried) leader of the Independence faction on the social protest movement, the Arab Spring, the Palestinians’ UN statehood bid and navigating a long-distance marriage.

09/07/2011
Associate Editor

Just 40 and a relative newcomer to Israeli politics, Einat Wilf is quickly becoming one of the most visible members of the Knesset: she chairs the left-centrist Independence faction (formed as a breakaway from the Labor party last January) and is the incoming chair of the Knesset’s Immigration and Absorption Committee; after Passover she is slated to take over as chair of the Education Committee.

Einat Wilf

Ethiopian students protest segregated school

09/01/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 300 Ethiopian students and parents protested against their segregation in a Petach Tikvah elementary school, as nearly 2 million Israeli children began the school year.

The protesters marched Thursday from the Nir Etzion School to City Hall carrying signs reading "Stop the ghetto" and "stop the segregation." The students refused to enter their classrooms at the school, which is made up of nearly all Israeli children of Ethiopian descent, according to Ynet.

Israeli Philharmonic will play in London despite protest

09/01/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the prestigious BBC Proms in London despite calls for a boycott of its performance.

The orchestra is scheduled to play Thursday night at the Royal Albert Hall. Audience members will have their bags searched in order to keep out political protesters, according to the Evening Standard.

Concern Over Al Jazeera English Network Here

As coverage debuts in N.Y., is it ‘terror TV’ or ‘comprehensive reporting?’

08/09/2011
Staff Writer

It has been called “terror television” and a “mouthpiece for al-Qaeda,” and critics say its anti-Israel bias only serves to further demonize Israel worldwide.

During its Tahrir Square coverage of the Arab Spring, Al Jazeera English was criticized for ignoring the attack on CBS reporter

Palestinian UN Vote No Longer A Certainty

State Department said to be pushing for declaration of two states to head off statehood bid.

07/26/2011
Staff Writer

As the Palestinians prepare to unveil Thursday a draft of their resolution requesting United Nations’ recognition next month of an independent Palestinian state, many analysts believe such UN action is not inevitable.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly asked the Quartet to support a general declaration of two states for two peoples.

Pace Of Diplomacy Quickening

Talks in D.C., French proposal come amid nonviolent Palestinian strategy as September statehood bid looms.

06/07/2011
Washington Correspondent

With the September target for Palestinian statehood action at the United Nations looming ever larger and new border clashes hinting of a change in Palestinian tactics, the pace of diplomacy aimed at restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations picked up this week.

On Monday Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were in Washington for separate talks with U.S. officials in a last-ditch effort to find a formula for resuming direct negotiations before a UN vote officials here fear will further isolate Israel and undermine U.S. interests.

Israelis forces Sunday try to disperse Palestinians massing at the border with Syria. getty images

’67 Borders Flap Deepens Rifts

Broad Jewish center being ‘bombarded’ in wake of Obama speech.

05/25/2011
Washington Correspondent

Washington — In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, the buzz among more than 10,000 charged-up pro-Israel activists at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference was all about new U.S.-Israel tensions in the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for Israel-Palestinian negotiations based on the 1967 borders — with land swaps — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left, President Barack Obama right.

Fayyad Shoved Out In Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal?

Without respected economic reformer, Western aid seen in jeopardy; Bibi trip to D.C. ‘made easier’ by deal.

04/28/2011
Staff Writer

In their quest to form a unity government, the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have apparently shoved aside Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a move that analysts believe may doom their planned new enterprise.

“It would be very difficult without him,” said Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center. “I think [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas will have to take some steps back from this.”

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

A Bittersweet Seder In Poznan

In Poland today, non-Jews rival Jews in interest in tradition.

04/28/2011
Staff Writer

Poznan, Poland — The eyes of Poland’s Jewish history are upon me when I come here for Passover.

Three years ago I led the seders, as a volunteer, in the Lublin yeshiva that that been renovated and returned to the Jewish community, in the eastern part of the country. It was established about 100 years ago by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, the scholar better known as founder of the Daf Yomi Talmud study project. As I moved around the meeting hall where the seders took place, a framed portrait of Rabbi Shapiro hung on the front wall, his eyes, I imagined, watching me.

Hebrew Language students at Adam Mickiewicz University, a number of whom took part in the author's seder. Steve Lipman

Q & A: The Hamas-Fatah Unity Deal

The Jewish Week talks to JCPA's Martin Raffel

04/27/2011

Wednesday’s Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, the result of secret negotiations in Cairo over a period of weeks, is yet another complication for an Obama administration facing a tidal wave of political change in the Middle East and new international pressure to resume active Israeli-Palestinian mediation.

According to press reports, the deal includes the creation of an interim government and elections to be called within a year.

Details reportedly will be made public next week.

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