July 20, 2014 |
The latest engagement between Israel and Hamas set off loud protests Friday in Center City as hundreds of supporters and critics of the Jewish state rallied outside the Israeli consulate. First to arrive were Israel's supporters, who gathered at 19th Street and JFK Boulevard around midday and began engaging motorists. Among them was Asya Zlatina, 27, who arrived around 1:15 p.m. with a sign that read: "Honk 4 Israel. " Zlatina, who said she hadn't really been involved in a protest before, came after deciding that it would be the least she could do to support Israel.
May 31, 2011
AT LOVE PARK, world-beat music filled the air with peace, love, harmony. A few blocks west on JFK Boulevard, outside the Israeli consulate, low-key chants rose. The pro- and anti-Israel gatherings were provoked by President Obama's near-demand of something that previously had been a U.S. suggestion. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declined it before a joint session of Congress. Obama prodded Israel to use the 1967 cease-fire lines as a starting point for border talks. While this was understood as a U.S. wish in the past, Obama was the first president to press it on Israel, while demanding nothing of substance from the Palestinians.
June 2, 2010 |
Hundreds marched through Center City on Tuesday, protesting a deadly Israeli attack on a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza. Carrying signs and raising fists in the air, the group started at the Israeli consulate at 19th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and marched to City Hall and then to the Inquirer-Daily News Building at 400 N. Broad St. "We march for Palestine," said Cherine Morsi, 28, of Philadelphia. "My family's from the Middle East. Stuff like this hits pretty close to home.
April 9, 2010 |
Two large families, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, each headed by an artist, live a half-hour apart in the vicinity of Beersheba in Israel. So close are they in spirit that they come together on weekends, and for four years pursued a joint project - the results of which are the subject of the exhibition "The Family: A Project of Reconciliation" at West Philadelphia's Slought Foundation. Haim Maor, an Israeli father of four, has painted members of the Palestinian family, while Khader Oshah, a Palestinian father of 11, portrays the Israeli family in this show whose sponsors include the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia.
January 7, 2009 |
With controversy boiling over Israel's recent incursion into Gaza, Philadelphia's Jewish community will assemble in John F. Kennedy Plaza tomorrow to show its support for Israel. Organizers expect more than 2,000 people to attend the "We Stand With Israel Solidarity Rally," set for noon at LOVE Park. Similar events will be held throughout the country. "We want to demonstrate support for the State of Israel and for its right to defend itself against the constant rockets of Hamas," Ira Schwartz, president of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia, said yesterday.
January 5, 2009 |
Israeli Consul General Daniel Kutner, a 27-year veteran of his nation's foreign service, assumed his post in Philadelphia in September, hoping the new assignment would give him a platform to promote Israel's scientific and cultural achievements. But with Gaza exploding under Israeli air strikes and a ground invasion that has killed more than 500 Palestinians since Dec. 27, and Israel feeling the sting of persistent Palestinian rockets that have killed four Israelis, Kutner, 53, is back in the role Israeli diplomats know all too well: explaining why the Jewish state is at war again.
August 16, 2004 |
In the sprawling city where Golan Cipel was raised and served as municipal spokesman, neighbors yesterday expressed disbelief that the ambitious, well-spoken man could be involved in a sex scandal that would topple an American governor and lead Israel's largest-circulation Hebrew daily to label him "this year's Monica Lewinsky. " At the seven-story, stucco-faced building where Cipel's parents, Leah and Avraham, live in a top-floor apartment, no one answered a knock on the door yesterday.
April 9, 2002 |
Ibtisam Ibrahim was distracted all week, worrying about her many friends in the embattled West Bank city of Ramallah. Were they safe? Had anyone been shot? Killed? Several times a day, Ibrahim, a Palestinian who is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, tried to call or send e-mails. "I feel so helpless, useless, mad, terribly mad, but mostly sad," she wrote in an e-mail to a friend in Ramallah, holed up in his apartment with no electricity and Israeli soldiers encamped out front.
April 6, 2002 |
More than 300 protesters yesterday blocked the street outside the Israeli consulate near 15th and Locust Streets, the third protest in Center City in the last week against the Israeli military offensive against Palestinians in the West Bank. Chanting in English and Arabic, the predominantly Arab crowd of men, women and children railed against the stepped-up military assault in Palestinian cities. Some teenage girls had Palestinian flags wrapped around their shoulders, while men waved huge flags and protest banners.
April 2, 2002 |
What started as a small protest yesterday by pro-Palestinian activists outside the Israeli consulate in Center City turned into a bigger venting of anger and frustration over the escalating violence in Israel. At one point, more than 75 people crowded on the sidewalk near 15th and Locust Streets, expressing opinions and passions as divergent as those playing out in the Middle East. Four young activists locked arms in the entrance to the building that houses the consulate, assailing the Israeli government for alleged human-rights abuses against Palestinian refugees.