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March 19, 1993 | BY BRIAN KOMINSKY
Should Americans and particularly American Jews continue to lobby the United States government on behalf of Israel? My answer is no. Personally, I am a strong supporter of Israel. The Israeli people are wonderfully resilient and capable, and they certainly have a right to exist without the constant threat of attack by their neighbors. However, it is arguable that they have been helped by the lobbying efforts on their behalf. Jews in this country have done relatively well. Koreans, Japanese, and Armenians are other recent examples of groups that have done well.
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February 23, 1988 | By Richard Cohen
The old gunrunner called from Baltimore the other day. He owns a store now, but once - right after World War II - he said he ran guns to what was then Palestine. He wanted to talk to me about the situation in the West Bank and in the Gaza strip, about which he had private misgivings. The caller made an important point just in passing: American Jews helped in the establishment of Israel. That point is either now forgotten or ignored. Instead, the American Jewish community has largely adopted the posture insisted on by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister.
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October 11, 1990 | By Alan Elsner, Reuters Inquirer staff writer Murray Dubin contributed to this article
American Jews reacted with fury yesterday to U.S. sponsorship of a U.N. resolution condemning Israel for the deaths of 21 Palestinians in a violent protest Monday on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. "The United States is losing sight of principle. The U.N. is engaged in hypocrisy," said Seymour Reich, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. On Tuesday, U.S. officials said Washington would support a resolution condemning Israel for its "excessive response" in quelling the violence.
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January 19, 1991 | By Andrew Maykuth and Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writers The Associated Press contributed to this article
American Jews, horrified by Thursday's missile attack on Israel, sought comfort in prayer and in one another's company yesterday, even as they pondered the wisdom of retaliation. "There's nothing we can do but give each other solace," said Theodore Mann of Philadelphia, former president of the American Jewish Congress and one of the nation's most influential Jewish leaders. "As far as I'm concerned, what you do now is go to the synagogue and hope and pray," he added. Across the country, Jews turned to one another for support.
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October 12, 2000 | By Jane R. Eisner
An Israeli woman I know had a profound, disturbing dream in the midst of the recent violence in her homeland. In the dream appeared a man she has worked closely with for years. She, a Jew; he, a Palestinian. She's liberal, secular, worldly. So is he - a graduate of a major university, from an affluent West Bank family. In the nondream world, the two would have intense political talks. There was never complete acceptance - he declined her invitation to attend her son's bar mitzvah, saying he didn't feel comfortable at Jewish events.
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September 19, 1993 | By RICHARD COHEN
Right after a column of mine appeared criticizing the federal government for funding an AIDS program run by the Nation of Islam, an African American woman of my acquaintance called to say she agreed with what I had to say - "But what about what Israel was doing in Lebanon?" That stunning non sequitur, occasioned by Israel's bombardment of Southern Lebanon at the time, may well become a thing of the past. Who says so? Jesse Jackson does. Peace in the Middle East will bring peace here in America - peace between Jews and African Americans, Jackson says.
NEWS
September 4, 1993
A word was omitted from a column on Friday's Commentary Page by Mark Rosenblum of Americans for Peace Now on the Middle East peace process. Rosenblum wrote that "hawks are not in the majority among American Jews. "
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March 21, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / AKIRA SUWA
Demonstrating against construction of homes for Jews in East Jerusalem, American Jews protest in front of the Israeli Consulate on 230 S. 15th St. in Center City. Harold Gorvine, 63, of Havertown (second from left), was among those stating yesterday that the project was an act of bad faith by the government.
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May 26, 1999 | BY DAVID RABEEYA
Israel and the Holocaust are outside the personal experiences of new generations of American Jews. Most Jewish youth in America, in different times and space than their grandparents, are living in multicultural, pluralistic and democratic Western societies in which physical dangers and harm are not relevant. The agenda of young American Jews is not different from their non-Jewish counterparts: achievements in the financial, economic and academic spheres, as well as enjoying and preserving their individual privileges and freedoms.
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February 15, 1999 | By Henry Goldman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With Israeli elections scheduled for mid-May and with a new centrist political party to promote, former Israeli army chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak came here late last month hoping to attract financial support from wealthy American Jews. He went home empty-handed, according to several Jewish leaders who met with him on that trip. The reason, they say, is that his party's candidate for prime minister, Yitzhak Mordechai, had angered American Jews by voting for a law that extends the dominance of Israel's Orthodox rabbis over the nation's civil and cultural life.
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July 5, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 89, father of the Jewish Renewal movement and a towering figure in Philadelphia's Jewish community for 20 years, died Thursday, July 3, at his home in Boulder, Colo. He had endured bouts with bladder cancer and other illnesses, and had been battling pneumonia. He died in his sleep, said Rivkah Walton of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Known to friends and followers as "Reb Zalman," he was born in Poland but fled Hitler with his family, coming to America in 1941.
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July 1, 2013
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. " - Martin Luther King Jr. A century ago, the Anti-Defamation League began with a simple but noble mission: "to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike. " It remains the nation's most prominent Jewish civil rights group, fighting discrimination, racism, and anti-Semitism. The ADL was founded in Chicago in 1913 by a group of prominent Jewish leaders who wanted to stop the mistreatment of American Jews at a time when it was shamefully commonplace.
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June 5, 2013 | By Anne Gearan, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Israel cannot afford to wait to make peace with its Arab neighbors, Secretary of State John Kerry argued Monday, saying that demographic forces and rising militancy are working against America's top ally in the region. "What happens in the coming days will actually dictate what happens in the coming decades," Kerry said, referring to whether Israeli and Palestinian leaders will try again to broker peace. "We are running out of time," he said in remarks to the American Jewish Committee.
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May 10, 2013 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
YOU'D expect a movie about a song that has become the Hebrew "Hokey Pokey" to be playful. And "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is that, in spades. That wedding, party and bar mitzvah staple, a song that the whole world knows and virtually no one knows anything about, is a ready punch-line, a musical eye-roller for some and a no-brainer for any band or singer that works the wedding circuit - Jewish or gentile. But Roberta Grossman's cute documentary gives weight to the tune, tracing its lineage to a town - Sadagora, in the Ukraine - and the 19th century.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
STATE SEN. Anthony H. Williams was telling a story about his first visit to Israel, about 15 years ago. While waiting to clear security at the airport, he noticed a group of black men waltzing through. Taking them to be African tourists, he asked why they didn't have to wait in line. "They're Israelis," he was told. "That's impossible," he responded. "Jews don't look like that. " He prefaced the story with an admission that his information about Israel at that time was "limited" and "ignorant.
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February 23, 2012 | By Jeffrey Goldberg
New Jersey's Gov. Christie said something that caught my attention the other night at an event sponsored by a pro-Israel group. He paraphrased a Franklin D. Roosevelt quote - "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made" - and then said: "In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made. " It was an acute observation, and one made not often enough. It is sometimes difficult, given Israel's missteps, to remember that it is a democracy whose enemies are among the world's most dangerous people.
NEWS
November 4, 2010
As two of the legislators who first wrote letters to Lincoln University condemning the anti-Semitic statements of professor Kaukab Siddique, we feel that Mahmoud S. Audi's misleading letter ("Denying truth about Palestinians and Israelis," Monday) demands a response. Audi says that those objecting to Siddique's statements are from "the extreme right. " As progressive Democratic legislators, it is our hope that every reasonable person would passionately reject the sort of venom spewed by Siddique.
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June 9, 2010
Helen Thomas' sudden retirement as a White House columnist is appropriate given her recent offensive and bigoted statements on Israel. On May 27, during a White House celebration of American Jews, Thomas was asked if she had any comments on Israel. "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine," she can be heard replying in a video widely seen on YouTube. And go where? "Go home," Thomas said. "Poland. Germany. And America, and everywhere else. " Jews have been living in what is now Israel and the occupied territories for thousands of years.
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October 15, 2009 | By Carolyn Davis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Young Jacob Rappaport's struggle to figure out his identity is not particularly novel. Except when that struggle and its many facets play out in a historical novel called All Other Nights, the tale of 19-year-old Rappaport and American Jews, north and south, during the Civil War. Who knew that Philadelphia was a hub of espionage in those days, or that American Jews, like Philadelphians in general, were divided over slavery and the war, said...
NEWS
February 4, 2008
Welfare indicators I'm tired of hearing about indicators of our economy such as the Gross Domestic Product or the Dow Jones industrial average. Economists love to throw these numbers around, but what do they really mean? The purpose of an economy is to distribute resources (such as food, shelter, health care, education and the like) to the population. Therefore, the only way to measure how well the economy is doing is by measuring the welfare of the people the economy serves.
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