April 14, 2014 |
JERUSALEM - The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Jerusalem, wake up!" the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. "Nonreligious people are equal too!" The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem's long-running "Sabbath wars," which for decades have pitted the city's secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.
December 30, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Tuesday, the third of four groups it promised to free as part of peace talks restarted during the summer. Most of the prisoners were from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah faction and were serving long sentences for killing Israelis. Of the 26 prisoners, five were from Jerusalem, three from the Gaza Strip and the remainder were from the West Bank. It was the first time Israel freed prisoners from Jerusalem under the current agreement.
December 29, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Amid political and public debate, Israel approved the latest list of Palestinian prisoners it plans to release from jail this week, the government said Saturday night. It would be the third such group released in recent months. As part of the peace talks renewed through American efforts in July, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's government has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners as the negotiations advance. The latest list, containing the names of 26 Palestinians serving long-term jail sentences for killing Israelis and other violent attacks carried out between 1985 and the 1993 Oslo accords, was published on the Israel Prison Service website [link in Hebrew]
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.