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August 25, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Special to The Inquirer
It began in 1950 with a coaching assignment at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and a couple of coaching clinics. "I was doing the clinics in English and Yiddish," Irving Mondschein recalled. "I was able to communicate fairly well with them. The Israelis asked me to do some more clinics. I was well known over there. One day, they asked me to coach their Olympic team. " At age 27, Irving Mondschein found himself coaching Israel's first Olympic team at the 1952 Helsinki Games. Today, the 62-year-old Havertown resident is both head track coach at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the U.S. track coaching staff for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
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July 14, 1993 | BY MORTON A. KLEIN AND CLIFFORD BRENNER
Has Israel "destroyed more fauna and flora than anyone in history?" Were the early Zionist pioneers "racists" and "colonialists"? Is Israel's democratic form of government no more durable than the Arab dictatorships? The answer is yes - according to the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at Villanova University. Amid the lush greenery and serene atmosphere of Villanova's campus in suburban Philadelphia, the Arab and Islamic Center is working overtime to blacken Israel's name through lectures, seminars, literature and the media.
NEWS
May 6, 1986
Listening to the talk shows and interview programs, one tires of hearing malicious and fallacious statements charging Israel with being responsible for both the inception and practice of the current terrorism. Unfortunately, the hosts and interviewers do not sufficiently correct the slander and thereby, unwittingly, encourage the audience to accept the lies as truths. What does Israel have to do with the terrorism committed by Iraq and Iran against each other? Where is Israel's involvement in the massacres committed in Lebanon by the Muslims against the Christians and vice versa?
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November 17, 2012 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's Islamist president delivered his fiercest condemnation yet of Israel's offensive in Gaza on Friday, warning that the blood Israel sheds will be a "curse upon it" and presenting post-revolution Egypt as the new Arab champion for the Palestinians. Mohammed Morsi made the remarks in a speech at a mosque after weekly Friday prayers, dramatically stepping up his rhetoric against Israel hours after his prime minister visited Gaza in a show of support for its Hamas rulers.
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January 9, 2009 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Against a backdrop of furling flags and frigid temperatures, an estimated 2,500 people gathered in Center City yesterday to light a fire for Israel. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the rally at John F. Kennedy Plaza was organized in support of Israel's recent and controversial incursion into Gaza. Unlike similar events held around the country last week, the hour-long gathering went off without incident. No arrests were made, no rocks thrown, no anti-Semitic obscenities hurled.
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March 20, 1998 | Daily News wire services
After failing to persuade the United States to delay announcing a Mideast peace initiative, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned yesterday that "only Israel" can make decisions affecting its security. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, meanwhile, blamed Netanyahu for creating "a real impasse" and said the United States "needs to intervene urgently to put the peace process back on track. " Netanyahu said in Jerusalem that "The United States can - and from our point of view ought to - propose different ways of helping the parties to make progress in the process.
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August 11, 1989 | BY MIKE ROYKO
When I look at a world map, I sometimes wonder what the insane fuss in the Middle East is all about. Sure, I listen to the experts, the pundits and even Henry Kissinger. But then I look at the map and it still makes no sense. If I look closely and squint, I can find a country that has about 8,000 square miles. That's Israel. To give you an idea how small that is, you could take about 40 Israels and put them together and the whole thing would still be smaller than Texas.
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March 7, 1991 | By Lisa Schwartz, Special to The Inquirer
On Friday afternoon, students at the Harry B. Kellman Academy of Beth El in Cherry Hill, ushered in the Sabbath with a song of support. At 2 p.m., they joined thousands of other children at similar schools across North America to sing music and lyrics in support of the children of Israel, who have been living through the nightmare of air raids and war. "Ahd yavoh Shalom," the students sang. It meant: until peace comes. The song was originally meant to be sung as a message of solidarity during wartime.
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September 14, 2003 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After a one-year hiatus in its Israel study program, Akiba Hebrew Academy in Merion Station has sent 42 high school juniors - 60 percent of the 11th-grade class - for a semester in Israel. School spokeswoman Hallie Freedman said that while the decision to study in Israel has been difficult for students and their families, it "shows a tremendous commitment to the state of Israel at a time when terrorist acts continue to devastate the region. " Students will study Jewish history, among other subjects, and take a series of trips throughout the country.
NEWS
April 15, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
World leaders who reacted to the U.S. air strike against Libya early today generally expressed feelings ranging from embarrassment to horror, but Israel praised the United States for attacking the "bully" regime of Moammar Khadafy. In Britian, Neil Kinnock, leader of the opposition Labor Party, said, "I am horrified. People worldwide will condemn President Reagan's decision. That air strike was not the way to fight or defeat terrorism. " There was no immediate reaction from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose government permitted the United States to use bases on its soil as staging areas for the Air Force FB-111 jets used in the attack.
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August 14, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
COACHING GAMES, practice, recruiting, scouting, fundraising for the university - a college basketball coach's life is a full one. Yet Villanova's Jay Wright - along with his family, and Sixers coach Brett Brown - recently found time to make a difference in Israel. According to a story from the Catholic News Service, Brown and Wright - along with Wright's wife, Patty, and two of their children, Taylor, 22, and Reilly, 17 - participated in a series of basketball clinics under the auspices of PeacePlayers International, an organization that uses basketball to promote understanding.
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July 21, 2015 | BY ERIC BERGER, For the Daily News
TEL AVIV - When Ira Somers descended from the El Al plane with his wife and five kids and more than 200 other new immigrants Tuesday at nearby Ben Gurion International Airport, he turned a ram's horn skyward and let out a loud, sustained blast more commonly associated with Judaism's High Holidays. "I was hoping that my shofar-blowing would be the wake-up call for everyone listening" to an American Jewish organization's simulcast of the arrival - "that they would hear it and be inspired to come home," said Somers, 44, who, like his wife, Lauren, became religious as an adult.
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June 15, 2015 | By Keith Costigan, For The Inquirer
The small plane banked steeply to give us a better view of the remains of a circular hilltop city rising from the wide plain barely a mile below. "Megiddo," the pilot said, pointing. "This is the Valley of Armageddon. " Israel lies at the meeting point of three continents, but it is also a temporal nexus of past and present, where the ages of settlement can be seen and even touched in the layers of its ancient towns. As a teacher of history, I came to Israel seeking its past but found the current events taking place amid its archaeological sites competed for my interest, and in a few places like Megiddo, steeped in Biblical portent, it was the future that cast the longest shadow.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEW YORK - Gov. Christie attacked President Obama over nuclear negotiations with Iran and what he cast as a weakened relationship with Israel in a speech Thursday before a crowd that included prominent Jewish guests and donors. The Republican governor, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, described a world worsened by a "lack of American leadership," where "evil is not being met by strength. " He tried to present himself as a capable alternative, saying that while some people have criticized him as too blunt, "maybe it's time we lose some of that filter as well.
NEWS
May 22, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL MOVES Amorphous vs. immovable forces I find it disturbing that the Vatican has recognized Palestine ("Vatican recognizes 'state of Palestine,' " May 14). It should be clear to anyone familiar with history that there is no such state as Palestine. To fulfill the requisites of statehood, there must be established borders and institutions. As long as the world continues to bestow statehood on a people who refuse to negotiate with Israel in good faith, there will be no peace.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauryn drops Israeli show Lauryn Hill has canceled her Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for Thursday, but the outspoken artist has no intention of boycotting Israel, as some have claimed. Hill says she scrubbed the show because she was unable to set up a corresponding concert in Palestinian territory. "My intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah," Hill says on Facebook. Hill says it's important to her to play for both communities because she wants to "be a presence supporting justice and peace.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Elad, deputy consul general of Israel to the mid-Atlantic region and a resident of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood since August 2005, vacationed in his homeland last June - a visit that coincided with Tel Aviv's Pride Week. Festivities were just beginning when he met Oren, then a Microsoft senior account executive for government and health care in Israel. "It was love at first site," Oren said. "The moment I laid eyes on him, I told my best friend, 'You know, I just met my husband.' " It would take Elad a little longer to let himself fall that hard - but not much longer.
NEWS
April 1, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING Too quick with plea As a suburban, moderate Republican legislator, I was appalled that the Philadelphia schools' chief financial officer did not even try to balance the School District budget before declaring what the schools need from the legislature and governor ("District banking on extra funds," March 27). Philadelphia's children should get a good education, but Gov. Wolf wants me to tax seniors to provide more money for education - the bulk of which is designated for Philadelphia schools.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The next Netanyahu government will face challenges at home, on its borders, and abroad. A2. Trudy Rubin: Fear-mongering puts Israel at greater risk. A14.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia-area lawmakers gave a generally warm reception to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress Tuesday, though some Democrats were angered by the circumstances around it. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.) said he entered skeptical about international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and found his view reinforced. "I'm deeply concerned with what I'm hearing," said Boyle, a freshman member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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