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  • Backgrounder is Gaza Part of Land of Israel? It All Depends on Whom You Ask

    The sandy strip of land known as the Gaza Strip — wedged between the flat, arid landscape where Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea meet — is something of a conundrum in Jewish history. Depending on how one interprets the Bible, Gaza either was or was not included in the Land of Israel conquered by… More ▸

  • Libyan Jews Plan Return to Tripoli Hoping They’ll Meet Gadhafi This Time

    A group of exiled Libyan Jews living in Italy did not meet as expected with Col. Muammar Gadhafi during a four-day visit to Tripoli last week. But they look forward to doing so in a follow-up visit planned for next month. Delegation member Angelo Mantin said the six-member delegation, and probably several additional people, were… More ▸

  • As Part of His ‘charm Offensive,’ Gadhafi Courts Former Libyan Jews

    In Libya, a land that at times has shown as little hospitality to Jews as its Sahara Desert does to travelers, a visiting Jewish delegation is getting the royal treatment. A group of Libyan Jews who now live in Italy met early Monday afternoon with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, according to a statement… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Unknown Immigration from Libya Has Swelled Ranks of Italian Jewry

    One year ago, Rina Debach landed at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport after a flight across the Mediterranean from the Libyan capital of Tripoli. On the plane traveling with her were two officials from the Libyan Foreign Ministry. In the arrivals hall to greet Debach were the Italian consul general in Tripoli, and family members who had… More ▸

  • Leaders of the Tribe [part 4] from Up-and-comers to Insiders, Portraits of American Jewish Leaders

    The American Jewish community boasts a variety of leaders. JTA has selected a sample to show some current models in championing the causes of Jewish life. “The Up-and-Comer” Matthew Grossman, executive director, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization For Matthew Grossman, 33, one of the youngest professionals heading a major American Jewish organization, Jewish life has just… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5764 October 2003

    MOSCOW Belarus’ Jewish community protests a decision by the country’s Education Ministry to close a Jewish studies institute. NEW YORK Russian Jewish scientist Vitaly Ginzburg is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Ginzburg is honored “for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids,” the Nobel Prize committee says. JERUSALEM Twenty-one people are killed… More ▸

  • Israel Skeptical As Syria Makes New Noises of Peace

    Under strong pressure from Washington to pull Syrian forces out of Lebanon and prevent cross-border terror against American troops in neighboring Iraq, Syria’s President Bashar Assad has again been talking about a readiness for peace with Israel. The Israeli establishment, however, is skeptical. Officials close to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon say Assad is only trying… More ▸

  • Envoy Looks Back on 2 Years of Tightly Knit U.s.-israel Ties

    Daniel Ayalon has served two years as Israel’s envoy to Washington, presiding over extraordinary closeness between the United States and Israel and radical changes in the American approach to Middle East peace that largely favor Israel. And he’s worried it could all be a career killer. That’s because Ayalon, the first non-political appointee to Israel’s… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The percentage of Jewish residents in Jerusalem is at its lowest since the city’s reunification in the 1967 Six-Day War. At the end of 2003, 67 percent of Jerusalem’s 693,000 residents were Jewish, while 33 percent were Arab, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies’ Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem. More ▸