The Chronicles

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Don’t Be a ‘House of Cards’ Man

The hit, made-for-Netflix, series “House of Cards” exhibits how men craving power will don a public mask in order for private gain. It’s a story about men living with two faces: a public persona and a private will; an image vs reality; a means to an end.

Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthplace on their passports. Among the groups filing in recent days on behalf of Menachem Zivotofsky in his lawsuit against the U.S. State Department […]

Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

(JTA) — One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza. The Baltimore-based Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, which controls some $2 billion in assets, announced on Tuesday the grants  to a number of nonprofit organizations based in both […]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ hospital HQ, Virginia pol’s ulpan, understanding metzitzah b’peh

Hamas’ hospital HQ:  One of Hamas’ main command bunkers is believed to be located under Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, but the press is shy about reporting on it. (Tablet) Farewell to Europe?:  Adam LeBor explores how anti-Israel sentiment, a militant Muslim population and other factors are making Europe less attractive to Jews. (Newsweek) Virginia pol’s ulpan:  Despite […]

Five Latin American nations pull envoys to Israel since Gaza conflict start

El Salvador-Israel relations in happier times: Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin meets with El Salvador President Antonio Saca Gonzalez in the Knesset, May 6, 2009 (Abir Sultan / Flash 90) WASHINGTON (JTA) — El Salvador is the fifth Latin American nation to pull its ambassador from Israel since the launch of Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. […]

Anticipation of Coming Persecution

I am not an alarmist, nor am I a prophet. But as I listen to and read a cross-section of materials emanating from the Western (primarily American) church I am aware that there are those who recognize a trend toward the persecution of Christians in the West. The form of the persecution will be different […]

$540K judgment for Chicago cop in anti-Semitic harassment case

(JTA) — A Jewish Chicago police officer was awarded a $540,000 judgment against a former superior who allegedly taunted him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks. On Monday, a federal jury found in favor of Detlef Sommerfield, a German-Jewish immigrant who had accused retired Chicago Police Sgt. Lawrence Knasiak of calling him a “f*cking Jew boy,” […]

Shell strikes crowded Gaza market

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 17 people were killed when a mortar shell struck a crowded Gaza market. The shell struck a market in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on Wednesday afternoon during a unilateral humanitarian pause in fighting called by Israel. The Israel Defense Forces had said in calling the pause that it would continue […]

Senate backs Israel’s goals in Gaza conflict

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. Senate unanimously supported Israel’s goals in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a posture that distances the body from President Obama’s call for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire. In a rare joint action, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, initiated […]

Three IDF soldiers killed uncovering tunnel entrance in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed while uncovering the entrance to a tunnel shaft in a home in Gaza. The house and the tunnel shaft were booby trapped with explosive devices that were detonated against the soldiers on Wednesday, the IDF said in a statement. Several soldiers also were injured in […]

White House condemns Gaza shelter shelling without ascribing blame

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The White House condemned the shelling of a United Nations shelter for displaced Gazans that killed at least 15 Palestinians, but avoided ascribing blame for the killing. “The United States condemns the shelling of a UNRWA school in Gaza, which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians – including children – and U.N. humanitarian workers,” […]

Seattle federation calls for NRA lobbyist who invoked Holocaust to resign

(JTA) — The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust. NRA spokesman Brian Judy reportedly compared the promotion of stricter gun control laws to policies in Nazi Germany. The comment came while referring to a Jewish donor during […]

Ban lifted, but three airlines still refuse to fly to Israel

Korean Air retracts decision to resume flights between Tel Aviv and Seoul.

Cost of hostilities to Israel estimated at NIS 6 billion so far

Estimate includes civilian sector losses and direct military costs.

LIVE UPDATES: Hagel reiterates support for Israel’s right to defense

LIVE UPDATES: Abbas to UN: Declare Gaza disaster area ● U.S. agrees to Israeli request for ammunition, CNN reports ● Rockets fired at central Israel ● IDF ordered to continue op.

Hamas video exposes IDF blunder in deadly border infiltration

Five soldiers were killed in the raid by Hamas militants, a rare event in which the Israeli army did not tell a clear story quickly.

The Arabs want to stay in Israel – but does Israel want them?

Some 77% of the Arab population here defines itself as Israeli to some degree. The state must decide whether it’s prepared to make them feel loved.

Hamas looking for an opening to the West Bank

By demanding that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, Hamas signals willingness to renew ties with the West Bank. Israel is not pleased.

Once flourishing, Gaza border communities now virtual ghost towns

The tipping point for many residents who have chosen to flee was the discovery of Hamas-built tunnels virtually under their homes.

32 nations back Yom Kippur as UN holiday

The letter, circulated on a particularly tense day between Israel and the UN, says the global body ‘recognizes the major festivals of many of the world’s main religions, yet Judaism is not represented.’

The war in Syria, in the faces of children

More than 50,000 refugees under the age of 18 call the wind-swept, massive desert camp home.

Israeli delegation returns from Cairo after quick round of truce talks

Delegation traveled to Egypt as Israel’s inner cabinet decided to press on with Gaza op.

‘Perfidious America’: Behind Netanyahu’s hostility to Kerry

Behind the hyperbole and fury of Israel’s right, including its prime minister, against the U.S. secretary of state, lies a basic belief in the serial treachery of superpowers towards Zionism.

Abbas declares 'humanitarian disaster' in Gaza, urges UN to provide relief

The Palestinian president accuses Israel of depriving Gazans of the right to life, asks the international community to step in.

UN chief condemns ‘shameful’ shelling of school in Gaza

White House also condemns shelling, does not mention Israel in announcement; 16 people were killed overnight in the shelling in the Jabalya refugee camp; UNRWA says it had told IDF exact location a number of times.

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