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Unintended conquest: Jerusalem's Old City

Unintended conquest: Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM — With the outbreak of the Six Day War 45 years ago (June 5), residents of the Jordanian half of divided Jerusalem anticipated swift victory and the destruction of Israel.

Fast forward to 2011, when Arabs living in East Jerusalem were asked where they would prefer to live when a Palestinian state is established.

Thirty percent said they would prefer to be Palestinian citizens but 35% said they preferred Israeli citizenship. The rest declined to answer, but it would be safe to assume that many, perhaps most, would also prefer citizenship of the country they or their parents intended to destroy.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 June 2012 10:08 )

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Jewish and Navajo leaders speak of sacred lands

Jewish and Navajo leaders speak of sacred landsLOS ANGELES — A Reform rabbi, a Navajo medicine man and a professor walk into a museum. It sounds like the opening of a joke, but on a recent May Shabbat at Window Rock, Ariz., capital of the Navajo Nation, it’s the beginning of a cross-cultural discussion that pondered the question, “What makes land sacred?” The dialogue featuring the spiritual leaders of two tribes, Navajo medicine man Johnson Dennison and Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of the Reform Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, NM., w...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 June 2012 10:00 )

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Film documents ‘global ineffectiveness of UN’

Film documents ‘global ineffectiveness of UN’NEW YORK — Call their style Michael Moore meets Sacha Baron Cohen. Two pro-Israel activists are hoping that their documentary on the UN — to be released nationwide on June 1 — brings focus to what they say is the world body’s global ineffectiveness. One of the more powerful scenes from “UN Me” comes from a lull in deliberations at the controversial 2009 Durban Review Conference in Geneva, a parley headlined by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and boycotted by Israel, the US a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:05 )

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Fifty years later, Eichmann's prosecutor faces lost childhood

Fifty years later, Eichmann's prosecutor faces lost childhoodAMSTERDAM — Gabriel Bach knew he was Jewish and that the Nazis were a serious threat, but at 13, leaving his new school and home in Amsterdam proved heart-wrenching. What if, the boy wondered, he could stay just a few more weeks to finish the academic year? Bach would come to powerfully understand the answer to his query. About two decades later he was the prosecutor in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the annihilation of European Jewry. Fifty years ago this week, on May 31, E...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:00 )

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Tribute to late Rabbi Shea Heller

Tribute to late Rabbi Shea HellerDEAR Reb Shea, It is hard to believe that you are no longer with us. Throughout your life you were a fighter. You fought as an American soldier in Korea. You fought illnesses. In fact just last week when I saw you for the last time, you were sitting on your couch with an oxygen machine close by and you were very weak. Suddenly you gave a hard bang on the couch and stated firmly that you were going to fight this illness until the end. Most of all you fought against the tide and that is what ins...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:57 )

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Dutch lawmakers oppose slashing aid to Holocaust survivors

Cnaan Liphshiz Six survivors from The Hague were turned away from a care facility and told to seek help from their families. ... [Link]

Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops overwhelmingly rejected a motion to divest from company doing business with Israel in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Israeli rabbi arrested at airport on rape charges

Cnaan Liphshiz Safed rabbi arrested at Ben Gurion airport following rape charges. ... [Link]

Anti-Semitic pejoratives scrawled on London Jewish school

Cnaan Liphshiz Event comes amid release of data speaking of 138-percent rise in anti-Jewish crimes in British capital. ... [Link]

IDF troops kill Palestinian, 17, near Ramallah

Cnaan Liphshiz Army says teen hurled stones at jeep but Palestinian sources say he was shot while climbing wall. ... [Link]

Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

Uriel Heilman Israel has given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution. ... [Link]

Spoilers alert: Six guys to watch the day after an Iran deal

Ron Kampeas These six people could determine the success of a nuclear deal with Iran. ... [Link]

When Nicholas Winton, the British rescuer of Jews, was rebuffed by the U.S.

Uriel Heilman The story of Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 600 children on the eve of the Holocaust, also lays bare stark contrasts between the British and American responses to the Nazi onslaught. ... [Link]

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