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Hard-Nosed Campus Group Softens Tactics

By Naomi Zeveloff

The David Project made its name with a take-no-prisoners approach to pro-Israel advocacy on college campuses. It is shifting to a more positive approach.Read More


Israel Hopes to Lower Future Swap Cost

By Nathan Jeffay

It took more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to win Gilad Shalit’s freedom. Proposed laws and even a TV show could lower that rate in the future.Read More


In-Law Accuses Rabbi Pinto of Money Laundering

The father-in-law of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has accused the prominent Sephardic kabbalist of money laundering, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In documents filed in a Jerusalem court, Shlomo Ben Hamo, Argentina’s chief rabbi, alleged that his daughter and her husband, Pinto, had pressured him into serving as guarantor on the purchase of a luxury Jerusalem apartment — a purchase that Ben Hamo now believes was part of a scheme to launder Pinto’s money.Read More


Knesset Set To Define ‘Jewish State’

By Nathan Jeffay

A Knesset bill would clarify Israel’s identity as a Jewish state. Some claim it’s a common-sense measure but critics see a grave threat to democracy and Arab rights.Read More


Israeli Protests Galvanize the Public. But for What Goal?

By Nathan Guttman

Israel’s protest movement has asserted its power on the streets. But is not at all clear whether the post-partisan outpouring will translate into political change.Read More


Massive Housing Protests Shake Israel Government

By Nathan Jeffay

Sprawling protests over skyrocketing housing costs have shaken Israel’s government. Could this be the Israeli answer to the Arab spring?Read More


U.S. Peace Group Calls for Boycott of Settlement Products

By Nathan Guttman and JTA

Taking protest against Israel’s new anti-boycott law one step forward, a member organization of American Jewry’s primary umbrella group for Israel is calling on its supporters to boycott products made in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.Read More


Israel’s New Anti-Boycott Law Seen in Personal Terms

By Daniel Estrin

The Knesset’s recent vote outlawing any advocacy of a boycott of Israel or the occupied territories and Jewish settlements under its control is seen by some as a mortal threat to democracy. But there are others who see the law in more concrete terms: as a threat to themselves.Read More


Picasso in Palestine: A Prized Painting Is On Rare and Welcome Visit to Ramallah

By Graham Lawson

The bustling West Bank city of Ramallah now has a claim to art-world fame. It landed Picasso’s famed “Bust de Femme,” on loan for a month.Read More


Jerusalem Riots Expose New Rift Between Religious Zionists and Authorities

By Nathan Jeffay

Violent protests by religious Zionists reveal mounting tensions between secular authorities and the right-wing hardal movement.Read More





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