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  • Israel on diplomatic defensive

    JERUSALEM, July 31 (JTA) — With Prime Minister Ariel Sharon facing a potential war crimes lawsuit in Belgium, and Denmark calling for the arrest of Israel’s ambassador-designate, Israel is beginning to feel like the most unpopular kid on the block. After years of improved international standing following the signing of the Oslo peace accord with…

  • Maccabiah teams scrape to fill rosters

    JERUSALEM, July 23 (JTA) — “Israel’s in the house,” shouted a bleacher full of Black Hebrews, rooting for the Israel B team during a Maccabiah softball game this week against Venezuela. The softball game was full of ironies — like this year’s Maccbiah Games themselves. Israel’s softball players include Black Hebrews — African-American immigrants who…

  • 16th Maccabiah Games come to a close

    JERUSALEM, July 23 (JTA) — The 16th Maccabiah Games ended with a lot of fanfare, flaming batons and fireworks — and a sigh of relief from the organizers that the much-anticipated event had ended safely and without mishap. There were hundreds of police officers and soldiers surrounding the outdoor Jerusalem space where the event was…

  • Few competitors or spectators for Maccabiah

    JERUSALEM, July 19 (JTA) — There were few spectators cheering when Lev Chiterman, 49, came chugging down the track to win the gold medal in Thursday’s 10,000-meter race. The Russian runner doesn’t speak much English — or Hebrew, for that matter — but officials of the 16th Maccabiah Games dug up a few local Russian…

  • Israel ‘s diamond trade in the rough

    JERUSALEM, June 5 (JTA) — A diamond may be forever, but Israel’s steady supply of rough, uncut diamonds may not be. Sweeping changes in the global diamond industry and political turmoil in gem-producing African nations are causing dealers in the Israeli diamond trade to rethink their strategy. Israel long has been an established leader in…

  • Maccabiah Games get underway

    If the Super Bowl ever were held in Jerusalem, it might look something like the opening night of the 16th Maccabiah Games. Flying acrobats, floating nymphs, dancing mascots and more than 2,000 athletes paraded up and down the playing field of Jerusalem’s

  • Maccabiah Games get underway

    If the Super Bowl ever were held in Jerusalem, it might look something like the opening night of the 16th Maccabiah Games. Flying acrobats, floating nymphs, dancing mascots and more than 2,000 athletes paraded up and down the playing field of Jerusalem’s

  • Israeli doves rethink strategy

    The past nine months of Mideast violence have forced Israel’s peacenik groups to re-evaluate their policies. The more moderate groups have grown disillusioned with Palestinian violence. The radicals, however, are finding it hard to restrain from saying, “

  • Israeli doves rethink strategy

    The past nine months of Mideast violence have forced Israel’s peacenik groups to re-evaluate their policies. The more moderate groups have grown disillusioned with Palestinian violence. The radicals, however, are finding it hard to restrain from saying, “

  • Zionist ‘martyr’ reinterred in Israel

    Eight decades after he was murdered in Ukraine, a Zionist educator has finally reached the Promised Land. The remains of Professor Israel Friedlander, murdered while on a mission for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1920, were discover