JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman have approved plans for another 3,000 new homes in the West Bank. The approvals were announced on Tuesday, ahead of the evacuation of the Amona outpost, and is seen as an effort to placate the government’s harder right wing and settlers angry…
A small group of associates of former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who were appointed by him to sensitive positions in his office, has remained to work in the Foreign Ministry even after their boss resigned from his post last week.
After their 13-year-old son was murdered by terrorists, Seth and Sherri Mandel chose to remember Koby through healing and laughter. Since 2002, at the height of the intifada, Los Angeles comedian Avi Liberman has been organizing morale-boosting comedy tours to Israel, with Seth and Sherri Mandel. Audiences attending the twice yearly, multi-city comedy tours are well aware that the event that brings them together is anything but funny. On May 8, 2001, 13-year-old Koby Mandel and his friend Yosef Ish Ran were stoned to death by Arabs while exploring a cave near their homes in Tekoa. After the murders, Koby’s parents Sherri and Seth started a foundation that promotes healing. The connection to comedy and the idea to bring comedians from the US to entertain Israeli audiences evolved from Koby’s love of jokes. Liberman, who in December brought over comedians Dwayne Perkins, Gregg Rogell and John Caponera, relates that Seth thanked him for his work, saying that the involvement with the comedy tours has helped him and his wife Sherri to find a positive way to reconnect with the world. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Hi Res: www.megaupload.com
The Israel Breast Cancer Collaborative, a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and NGOs in Israel, is ready to fight like a girl. October marked the launch of the Israel Breast Cancer Collaborative, a major partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Hadassah International and non-governmental organizations in Israel. The goal is to enhance advocacy, awareness, screening and treatment of breast cancer. The Komen Foundation, based in Dallas, Texas, is the largest breast cancer foundation in the world, having invested nearly $1.5 billion globally toward research, education and treatment. In October, Jerusalem became the 141st city to hold a Komen Race for the Cure. Komen and Hadassah International brought almost 7000 people — including more than 600 Arab and Druze women from Israel — to a gathering in Jerusalem’s downtown Sacher Park prior to the race. Young and old were there, including both Israelis and tourists, some of whom ran the Race in other cities, such as Chicago and Washington. US Senator Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassah were present to bless the effort and Hadassah Lieberman said: “…We are reaching out to everybody, and asking everybody to join and fight this.” Breast cancer is sometimes referred to as a global epidemic, with more than one million women diagnosed every year. In Israel, about 4000 people are diagnosed each year, and the age of detection is dropping. Breast cancer in Israel remains the most common form of women’s cancers …
Retribution was swift for U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman after the Connecticut Indepedent/Democrat’s speech supporting John McCain and criticizing Barack Obama at last week’s Republican National Convention.
Republicans apparently couldn’t pass up the chance to include Democrat-turned-Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman as part of their convention program, and of course the chance to poke Democrats.
Hoping to make up ground in a key battleground state, Democrats are sending in some of their big guns to court the Jewish vote.
Even before John McCain and the GOP scaled back on this week’s Republican National Convention, there weren’t nearly as many public events geared toward Jewish voters on the schedule as the Democrats held last week in Denver. Republicans have been hoping to win over Jewish voters. The lack of events targeting Jewish or Israel issues may simply reflect the fact that the vast majority of Jewish voters have historically supported Democratic candidates.
With Hurricane/Tropical Storm Gustav barreling down on the Gulf Coast, Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain said that convention-goers should take off their Republican hats and put on their American hats in an effort to avoid the perception that the GOP is having a party at the same time of a potential national disaster.