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April 6, 2002 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 26, 1994 | By Shankar Vedantam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 100 demonstrators, upset by the shooting deaths of dozens of worshipers in a Muslim mosque early yesterday in the West Bank of Israel, staged a peaceful march outside the Israeli consulate in Center City yesterday afternoon. They demanded that all West Bank settlers be disarmed and that unarmed Palestinians and places of worship be protected by United Nations peace- keepers. Organizers said the protest was coordinated by various mosques and Arab organizations in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 10, 1990 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A holiday gift mistaken for a bomb caused a scare at the Israeli Consulate yesterday, leading to the evacuation of several floors of a major Center City office building. According to police, a weighty box wrapped in brown paper sent from Baltimore arrived at the consulate office in the Lewis Tower building at 15th and Locust Streets sometime Thursday. A delivery from that city was not expected and the return address on the box was not familiar to consulate employees, police said.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 2, 2002 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 5, 1995 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Contributing to this article were staff writers Richard Jones, Kristin Holmes, Stacey Burling, and correspondents Alison Fitzgerald and Kyle Spencer
From synagogues to restaurants, from crowded film festivals to quiet homes enjoying a crisp autumn Sabbath, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin provoked shock and outrage, and brought wide-ranging praise for the one-time warrior who helped bring his nation to the brink of peace. "I was totally devastated when I heard, I didn't know how to react," said Alan E. Casnoff, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. "He was a great man doing what he thought was in the best interest of his country.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 29, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Thousands of Orthodox Jews, using the slogan "Jerusalem is not for sale," demonstrated here yesterday against construction of a Mormon study center, which they said would be used to try to convert Jews. In New York, about 15,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Israeli Consulate to denounce the project. The Jerusalem protest took place opposite the construction site of the $15 million, seven-story center at Mount Scopus. Officials of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have said that the center will serve as a university branch for academic study, and that the center's students and staff members will not be allowed to proselytize.
NEWS
January 23, 1988 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a show of support for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied Gaza strip, about 150 Muslim demonstrators gathered on Independence Mall yesterday to protest what they called the "Israeli atrocities" that have resulted in the deaths of at least 36 Palestinians since unrest broke out Dec. 9 in Gaza and the West Bank. While a dozen plainclothes Philadelphia police officers looked on, the protesters, representing six Philadelphia-area Muslim organizations, began their demonstration by kneeling toward the east in a Muslim prayer for peace.
NEWS
June 24, 1997 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A career diplomat has been appointed to head the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, replacing a journalist whose writings in support of the peace process had made him unpopular with some officials in the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dan Ashbel, 48, is expected to be confirmed as the next consul within the next few weeks and should arrive in Philadelphia by the beginning of September. The appointment put to rest fears that the Philadelphia consulate could fall victim to Israeli Foreign Ministry budget cuts.
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NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 2, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2010 | By Victoria Donohoe FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
January 7, 2009 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2009 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 16, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2002 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2002 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 2, 2002 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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