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  • Trying to Change Attitudes, Haifa Schools Mandate Teaching of Arabic

    “Suppose we meet an Arab and he wants to kill us. We can say that we, too, are Arabs,” said 11-year-old Shakked Petter, explaining why she wanted to learn Arabic. Well, “wanted” may not be exactly the right word. The study of Arabic actually was imposed on Shakked and her fifth-grade classmates at the Herzl… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Among Haifa’s Arabs and Jews, Winter Holidays Occasion for Unity

    Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan. Walking a path lined with poems by Arab and Jewish poets, celebrants take in sculptures strung over archways and… More ▸

  • In Its Wake, Haifa Bombing Leaves Families Devastated

    For Israeli newspaper editors, it’s a macabre convenience. Most terror attacks require gathering up head-shot photographs of the victims in time for publication. But sometimes, as was the case in Saturday’s suicide bombing at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, the dead come prearranged in family photographs that show several victims together. Two families were devastated… More ▸

  • Families Who Lost Children in Haifa Bombing Find No Answers

    “Answer me,” blared the headline of an Israeli newspaper Thursday, summarizing a father’s desperate efforts to reach his son after their cell phone conversation was cut off by a suicide bomb attack. For Yossi Mendelevitch, what he feared most came true: His son Yuval, 13, was among the 15 people killed in Wednesday’s bombing of… More ▸

  • Deadly Haifa Suicide Bombing Followed Many Thwarted Attacks

    A suicide bus bombing in Haifa has shattered a relative period of calm in Israel and served as a stark reminder to a country bracing for the possible implications of a U.S.-led war against Iraq. With the United States stepping up military and diplomatic preparations for a possible strike against Iraq, much of Israel was… More ▸

  • New Bahai Gardens in Haifa Offer an Oasis of Peace Amid the Intifada

    For just a while this week, Israelis enjoyed a forgotten pleasure — some favorable international attention. Some 4,500 visitors from nearly 200 countries converged on Haifa to attend the opening ceremonies of the Bahai Carmel Gardens located at the world headquarters of the Bahai faith. An estimated $250 million — contributed by 5 million Bahai… More ▸

  • Haifa Religious Council to Meet with Non-orthodox Representatives

    A Knesset vote aimed at setting back the cause of religious pluralism in Israel has been put on hold. In the latest in a string of victories for the Conservative and Reform movements, a Knesset committee refused this week to back a bill that would block the appointment of non-Orthodox representatives to local religious councils…. More ▸

  • Court in Haifa Recognizes Lesbian Couple As Family Unit

    For the first time in Israel, a court has recognized a lesbian couple as a family unit. The recognition came as a magistrates court considered the request of a woman for a restraining order to keep her partner away from the house. The woman claimed that her partner was alcoholic, and would come home drunk… More ▸

  • Haifa University Reopens U.S. Office

    After a six-year absence, the University of Haifa has reopened its office in New York. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense not to have an office in the United States,” said Joel Leibowitz, executive vice president of the American Society- University of Haifa. Most Israeli universities maintain offices in New York, but Haifa… More ▸

  • Israel Arrests 2 Activists for Blocking Ship Near Haifa

    Israeli officials arrested two members of the Greenpeace environmental group Sunday for blocking what the activists believed was the dumping of toxic waste into the Mediterranean. Early Sunday morning, Greenpeace activists in rubber rafts reportedly surrounded the trawler Aribel, off the cost of Haifa, in an effort to prevent it from dumping some 300 tons… More ▸