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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.
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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.
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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 18, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie offered his "unequivocal" support for Israel on Tuesday, signing into law legislation that prohibits the state Treasury Department from investing public employee pension funds in companies that boycott the U.S. ally. The law is a rejection of the "boycott, divestment, and sanctions" movement against Israel that Palestinians and other supporters launched a decade ago to, as the movement puts it, "pressure Israel to comply with international law. " "Unequivocal, unashamed, unapologetic support of Israel is the policy of the State of New Jersey - and should be the policy of the United States of America, and hopefully will be in the years going forward," Christie, a Republican, said at a Statehouse news conference.
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July 24, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Jeff Buckley's Record Collection. Mary Guibert, mother of the Grace and "Hallelujah" singer who died in 1997, is doing her best to keep her son's memory alive. This cool website allows users to click on the spine any of the 383 LPs in Buckley's collection - say Siouxsie & the Banshees' Juju , or Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns - and listen to 30 seconds of any song, or the whole thing on Spotify. Jeffbuckleycollection.com. DNCinema. Politically minded film series will include screenings of Mike Judge's 2006 Luke Wilson- and Maya Rudolph-starring satire, Idiocracy , and Robert Mugge's Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank Rizzo . Monday to Thursday at PhilaMOCA.
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June 29, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, STAFF WRITER
Arie Gluck, 86, of Voorhees, a member of Israel's first Olympic track team and a legendary director of a summer camp in the Poconos, died Thursday, June 23, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Gluck was the director at Camp Harlam for 37 years, starting in the summer of 1966. Current director Aaron Selkow described him as "one of the great legends in this field. " While he ran an organization built around fun and play, Mr. Gluck's former colleagues remembered him as a leader commanding great respect.
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June 29, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday to prohibit the state Treasury Department from investing public employee pension funds in companies that boycott Israel. The legislation, which is intended to defend Israel and Israeli companies from the "boycott, divestment, and sanctions" movement launched by Palestinians and their allies in 2005, now heads to Gov. Christie's desk. It passed the Assembly, 69-3, with two abstentions, and the Senate on a 37-0 vote Monday.
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June 28, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey is about to boycott a boycott movement against Israel. Lawmakers on Monday are expected to pass legislation that would prohibit the state Treasury Department from investing public employee pension funds in companies that boycott Israel as part of the so-called "boycott, divestment, and sanctions" movement. It would join about a dozen other states that have taken similar action, most recently New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month signed an executive order requiring divestment of public funds from companies that have engaged in the BDS campaign against Israel.
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June 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A New York man who is a registered sex offender was charged with repeatedly fondling a woman on a flight last month from Israel to Newark, federal prosecutors said Friday. Yoel Oberlander, 35, was flying on El Al airline from Tel Aviv to Newark Liberty International Airport when he repeatedly touched the breast and thigh of a woman seated next to him, prosecutors said. During the May 29 flight, Oberlander put his hand on the woman's thigh and she responded by shifting her position causing him to remove his hand, prosecutors said.
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June 15, 2016
By Sally Friedman On Sunday, in my usual morning stupor, I shuffled into the kitchen, turned on the coffee, flipped on the TV, and heard something ominous about a mass shooting. My instant thought was that our 19-year-old grandson was in Israel, thousands of miles from his Merion home, and that this might have something to do with him. Israel is a country where too much unrest explodes too frequently. "Dear God, let him be fine!" I begged, my heart beating wildly. And then I began hearing the details.
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June 7, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
Part of Bernie Sanders' charm is that for all of his arm-waving jeremiads, he appears unthreatening. He's the weird old uncle in the attic, Larry David's crazy Bernie. It's almost a matter of style. Who can be afraid of a candidate so irascible, grumpy, old-fashioned, and unfashionable? After all, he's not going to win the nomination, so what harm can he do? A major address at the convention? A say in the vice presidential selection? And who reads party platforms anyway? Well, platforms may not immediately affect a particular campaign.
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March 4, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It's a study in community theater. On the stage of Temple Adath Israel's auditorium in Merion Station, several actors are going through their paces. Others wait for their scenes to be called, and a rolling rack of costumes is making the rounds. Prompters toss out lines as needed. It's a Sunday afternoon rehearsal for Guys and Dolls . Lisa Litman looks on. She's the director. She also plays Adelaide, the female lead in the show, which won the Tony for best musical when it debuted on Broadway in 1950, with songs like "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat.
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