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January 31, 1991 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Palestine Memorial Baptist Church here has unanimously voted to change its name to Holy Trinity Baptist following a barrage of anti-Palestinian calls and questions about the ethnicity of its members. No threats were made against the church but harassing calls and "suspicious" inquiries about events being planned at the church were such that officials were concerned about safety, senior Pastor Dorothie Callies Ward said yesterday. "People will miss the name. I am sure we were all saddened to change the name," she said.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
PARIS - Palestine won its greatest-ever international endorsement yesterday, full membership in UNESCO, but the move will cost the agency one-fifth of its funding. In a dramatic session at the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, there were cheers for "yes" votes and grumbles for the "no's" and abstentions. But the jubilation was quickly pierced by reality: The United States said it wouldn't make a $60 million payment to fill out its contributions for this year and would suspend all future funding.
NEWS
April 30, 1998 | By Charles Weiss
This had to be a movie I had landed in - and a "B" movie at that. A tiny, antiquated ship was drifting off the coast of northwestern Italy in total darkness, engines shut down. The lights of La Spezia flickered on the horizon. The mild surf breaking on the shore could be made out, dim and ghostlike, but could not be heard. Suddenly, a light flared - a torch on the beach. Then it took shape: a six-pointed Magen David in flames. An officer on the bridge answered with a flashlight.
NEWS
December 15, 2013
An article in Saturday's Inquirer and Sunday's early edition misidentified the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine. A caption misidentifed Marissa Cohen.
NEWS
August 9, 1991 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a weekend day in January, Leo Schlank delighted and inspired more than 300 guests who packed into the Beth Sholom Congregation synagogue in Elkins Park to celebrate his 95th birthday. Mr. Schlank's arthritic knees kept him confined that day to a wheelchair, but it did nothing to his spirit and his ability to dazzle a crowd. "Many of you have asked me what keeps me going? What keeps my outlook on life so positive? What keeps me 95 years young instead of 95 years old?" he said, looking out at those assembled before him. "The answer is, my family.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1998 | By Julia M. Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the curators tell it, their exhibitions about the relationships of Americans with Israel before it was Israel began with a search through a basement. But what a basement it was: It housed the archives of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Judaic Studies - a rich trove of archaeological artifacts, images and writings about what was then Palestine. That trove forms the cores of " 'Holy Land': American Encounters With the Land of Israel in the Century Before Statehood" at the National Museum of American Jewish History and "Studying the Holy Land" at the Kamin Gallery of Penn's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The end of the century looms, and the gathering of true believers listens raptly to their charismatic leader as he maps a bizarre strategy that will save them from the destruction that will soon engulf humanity. This test of faith occurs not in some isolated mansion occupied by a fervent cult as the clock ticks down to 2000. In Bille August's Jerusalem, the setting is rural Sweden and the year is 1899. Despite the difference of 100 years, August's sober discussion of the sometimes overwhelming power of faith and what people do in the name of religious conviction is timely and quite relevant.
NEWS
December 20, 1988 | BY BARBARA A. HOFFMAN
Near the end of his column, "Barring Arafat was Simply Dumb," Monsignor S.J. Adamo condemns Israel for the violation of human rights against people who are barricading roads, rioting, throwing fire bombs and disrupting society in general. Where are the columns about gassing Iranians by Iraq, resulting in the slaughter of 3,000 people in one day? The frequent cruel and inhumane treatment of its population by most Arab countries is routinely not commented on by the American press.
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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.
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July 25, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
W EARING A white shirt that said, "End terrorism, support Israel," Rachel Rosenberg, 24, of Spring Garden, said she wanted to educate people that Hamas is a terrorist group responsible for most of the civilian deaths in Gaza. Across the street, Alex Ibrahim, 26, a Palestinian Muslim who lives in North Philadelphia, said he wanted the bombings to stop - especially from Israelis, who he said are targeting civilians and children. At a rally featuring speakers ranging from local religious leaders to politicians, several hundred pro-Israel supporters gathered in LOVE Park yesterday to show solidarity for the country and its right to defend itself.
NEWS
December 22, 2013
In a Dec. 14 article on the Hillel chapter at Swarthmore College, a national spokesman for Hillel said members of Students for Justice in Palestine, a national pro-Palestinian group, have in the past plastered eviction notices on dorm rooms of Jewish and other students. The spokesman was not referring to any incident at Swarthmore College. A separate group mentioned in the story, Swarthmore Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, said it has no affiliation with the national group and does not condone such acts.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism yesterday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced late last week that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks. He cautioned that such an agreement still needs to be formalized, suggesting that gaps remain. In his first on-camera comment yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lower expectations by saying the talks will be tough and any agreement would have to be ratified by Israelis in a national referendum.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
By Jennifer Rubin Last week's vote to extend nonmember observer status to the Palestinians was a primer on what is wrong with the United Nations, the European Union, the Palestinian Authority, and the United States when it comes to the Middle East. One hardly needs to note that the United Nations' Israel obsession comes at a time when it can't bring itself to move against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, religious oppression of Christians in the Middle East, or anything about the authoritarian revanchism in Georgia.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians and an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the U.N. was approved by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions, in the 193-member world body. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Marwan Kreidie
Newt Gingrich raises interesting questions, but he doesn't always have the right answers. Gingrich recently questioned the concept of a Palestinian nation, declaring it "invented. " Is that true? Yes - just as true as it is that all nations are invented or imagined. The concept of nation is relatively new in human history, having grown at least partly out of another kind of innovation: the movable-type printing press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440. To find buyers for their products, printers and booksellers found that it was good business to use a region's dominant language - say, the English spoken in London or the French spoken in Paris.
NEWS
October 6, 2011 | By Bradley Klapper, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The Obama administration warned the U.N. cultural agency to stay out of the question of Palestinian statehood or face the consequences, as American lawmakers were threatening to withhold tens of millions of dollars in U.S. funding if the organization agrees to admit Palestine as a member before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called UNESCO's deliberation "inexplicable" at a time when the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition and membership was being examined by the Security Council, the global body's top decision-making organ.
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