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Israel faces new jihadist threats in Gaza

JNF to honor Orlando Magic CEO

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life™ Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The event will honor Orlando Magic Executive Alex Martins and local...

Israel faces new jihadist threats in Gaza

With the launch of the Israeli army's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, much of the public's attention has appropriately focused on Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group behind the June 12...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

FAA suspends U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel NEW YORK (JTA)—The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours. All three U.S. carriers with nonstop flights to Israel—United, U.S....

Israeli college students wage a social media battle over Jewish state's image

Australia's Sydney Harbor is up in flames. Large letters superimposed on the scene ask, "How would they react?" That image and many others like it have been distributed by an Israeli student...

Eight things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

(JTA)-  Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight...

Abbas, Auschwitz, and Palestinian strategy

It was often remarked that the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, would sound moderate when speaking in English and utterly intransigent when speaking in Arabic. Much of the same could be said about his successor, Mahmoud...

Can Israel solve Hamas problem?

The short answer to the question heading this note is “No.” There are too many Muslims in the world, having weight in international forums, with the U.S. and E.U. inclined to go along with them. The ascendance of radicalism among Muslims makes...

A time for some perspective

Every two years it seems Hamas gets the courage and the means to begin an aerial assault on Israel. The usual responses always come. The Arab States and Iran call on Israel to stop the “aggression.” Gaza civilians get killed because Hamas puts...

The honesty of war

There’s something about war that can make intelligent people look foolish. I’m thinking right now of all those smart people in Tel Aviv who analyzed the subtleties of peace at the Haaretz Peace Conference—only a few hours before Jew-hating...

Premature Palestinian empathy syndrome

A Washington Post foreign affairs blogger, Ishaan Tharoor, listed the names, ages, and places of death of the 83 Palestinian Arabs killed in the first three days of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (“These are the names of 21 children killed...

Not all societies are morally equivalent

All too often, unspeakable crimes are committed that harshly violate moral norms. How a society reacts to such atrocities tells a lot about its ultimate values. Every community has its bigots, racists, and criminals, but in most, the murder of...

Orthodox school not amused by student's raunchy 'America's Got Talent' routine

NEW YORK (JTA)-Josh Orlian cracked up the judges on "America's Got Talent," but his Orthodox day school wasn't laughing. The 12-year-old kippah-wearing comic made his national television debut with a ...

Scene Around

Now that we know... This comes directly from ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with an aside by me: "Even after 100 years of remarkable progress against...

Seeking Kin: A woman pleads 'Where are my birth parents?'

(JTA) – Fifteen years ago, Sarah Starr snooped. That would set her on a path leading to Israel, where she lives and hopes to remain. To do so, however, Starr wants to prove that she is Jewish,...

Obituary - MAURICE "MO" SHAMS

Maurice “Mo” Shams of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. He was 78 years old. Mo was born in Pensacola on May 17, 1936, to the late Sidney and Rachel Shams. A graduate of Pensacola High School, he...

Obituary - HENRY DAVISON

Henry W. Davison of Maitland, passed away on June 13, 2014. He was 85 years old. Mr. Davison was born in New York City on Oct. 9, 1928 to the late Carl and Kitty Davison. He was married to the late Rhona Olson Davison and is survived by his sons...