A brand new American import has arrived in Israel, but it isn’t the usual fast-food chain or a television sitcom. Rather, it’s that staple of U.S. Jewish life, the community federation. For the first time, a group of philanthropists in the leafy city of Ramat HaSharon near Tel Aviv have created an Israeli charity — Takdim-The Ramat HaSharon Community Foundation — based almost entirely on the federation model. They are in talks with several American federations that are considering mentoring the organization.3
Video of Palestinian prisoners being shot during a night search aimed at boosting morale among jailers was aired recently on Israeli television. Nathan Jeffay explores why there has been only minimal public outcry to the shocking footage.13
For the third year in a row, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has honored the Forward with an award for excellence in reporting.
In light of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal, key members of Congress are launching an effort to block American foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas enters the government.3
Ending a lengthy and unsuccessful drive for Israeli–Arab peace, George Mitchell is stepping down as the Obama administration’s special envoy for the Middle East. The White announced the former Maine senator’s resignation on Friday, pointing to “personal reasons” for his decision to end his role as negotiator.14
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