September 3, 2013 |
One of the enduring lessons of gardening life is to remember the recommendations of other gardeners. More than a year ago, musician and edible gardening consultant Lauri Krantz told me that she was stunned by a harvest of Jerusalem artichokes from only eight plants. Krantz, whom I profiled last year , had put them in a garden for chefs Suzanne Goin and David Lentz, mostly for the pretty yellow blooms that appear in August and last for a month. While transitioning the garden to fall, Krantz found more than 400 edible tubers in the soil, so many she needed help carrying them out of the garden.
July 28, 2013
Re "U.S. 'neutrality' on Jerusalem," Editorial, July 25 What would we think if Spain or any other country decided that Puerto Rico was not really U.S. territory? Suppose it refused to accept U.S. passports issued to residents of San Juan. Wouldn't that be considered an intrusion? So how can our government tell residents of Jerusalem what country they live in? Marshall Giller Northridge ALSO: Letters: Kaiser's premium push Letters: Immigration issue takes off Letters: Sick over DWP's pay policies
July 25, 2013 |
For those who don't follow the intricacies of Middle East diplomacy, it might seem self-evident that the passport of an American child born in Jerusalem should note "Israel" as his place of birth. That's also the view of Congress, which enacted legislation specifically allowing such a notation. But, like its predecessors of both parties, the Obama administration disagrees. This week, in a case involving a 10-year-old boy, a federal appeals court rightly ruled that the Constitution entrusts this decision to the executive branch.
July 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot claim Israel as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2002 law that required the State Department to record Israel as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born citizens despite a long-standing position in the executive branch of strict neutrality toward sovereignty of the disputed city.
July 9, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that top advisor Ron Dermer will become the country's next ambassador to the United States. Dermer is expected to replace Ambassador Michael Oren, whose four-year term ends this fall. Dermer worked closely with Netanyahu as a senior advisor during the last four years. “Ron Dermer has all the qualities to successfully fill this important post,” Netanyahu said Tuesday. Dermer, who is from Florida, moved to Israel in 1997.
July 8, 2013 |
JERUSALEM-- Three Jewish teens were sentenced to jail on Monday for their part in the near-fatal beating of an Arab teenager last year, one of the most notable hate crimes in recent years. The victim's father criticized the sentences as too light. In August 2012, 17-year-old Jamal Julani was walking in downtown Jerusalem with friends when a group of Jewish teenagers jumped him, shouting anti-Arab slurs as they beat him until he needed resuscitation. Several weeks later, harsh indictments were served against nine suspects, all but one minors.