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April 17, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration obtained advance support of American Jewish leaders before imposing new rules that had the effect of diverting most Soviet Jewish emigres from the United States to Israel, according to informed sources. Administration officials and Jewish leaders both said that the consultations defused what could have turned into a firestorm of controversy.
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August 28, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A plane carrying 450 immigrants from Ethiopia on Wednesday marked the end of Israel's decades-long effort to bring Jews and their descendants from the African nation to the Jewish state. About 90,000 Ethiopians were brought to Israel in the organized immigration project that began with a dramatic airlift in 1984-85 dubbed "Operation Moses" and continued with the 36-hour "Operation Solomon" in 1991. Left behind at that time were thousands of the Falash Mura, the name given to the descendants of the ancient Jewish community who converted to Christianity in the 19th and 20th centuries, most often under pressure.
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NEWS
June 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Caretaker Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on Monday defended the right of Soviet Jews to live in Israeli-occupied territory, saying a democracy cannot limit where people live. Shamir was reacting to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's statement Sunday that he may limit Soviet Jewish emigration to Israel if the immigrants settle in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
WORLD
October 1, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible, America's two biggest Christian broadcasters are well-positioned to cover it live thanks to recent acquisitions of adjacent Jerusalem studios on a hill overlooking the Old City. Texas-based Daystar Television Network already beams a 24-hour-a-day live webcam from its terrace. Not to be outdone, Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network last month bought the building next door. The dueling studios are part of an aggressive push by U.S. evangelical broadcasters seeking to gain a stronger foothold in the holy city.
NEWS
November 13, 1988 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
A group of 27 American Jewish organizations have sent letters to top government leaders in Israel urging them to reject a change in Israeli law that would grant Orthodox rabbis authority over all Jewish conversions, Israel Radio said Saturday. Many Jews abroad and within Israel oppose such a law because they feel it would reduce the status of rabbis in Reform and Conservative congregations and be a step in granting a single branch of Judaism hegemony in the varied world Jewish community.
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January 27, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli government and Jewish leaders appear to have averted a split in world Jewry with the drafting of compromise proposals on the potentially explosive issue of who will conduct religious conversions in Israel. No one involved in the negotiations seems happy. The proposals still would leave the basic question of the status of Reform and Conservative Jews largely unresolved.
NEWS
November 3, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, trying to patch up Washington's troubled relationship with Israel, agreed Friday to move ahead with a long-stalled program to provide $400 million in loan guarantees to finance housing for Soviet Jewish immigrants. Zalman Shoval, Israel's new ambassador to Washington, said Baker told him during a 55-minute meeting that a team from the Agency for International Development will visit Israel soon to work out details for the program.
NEWS
August 16, 1997 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His Conservative Jewish adherents have been branded "terrorists," "Nazis" and "Christians." Rabbi Ehud Bandel doesn't mince words either: It's a hot summer in Israel, he says, and it presages an even hotter fall. Israeli police forced Bandel and about 200 other Conservative Jewish men and women away from the Western Wall earlier this week after they began praying together, provoking an angry response from hundreds of Orthodox Jews.
NEWS
May 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ignoring a threatened boycott by Syria, 18 of the Arab League's 22 members have agreed to attend an emergency summit May 28 in Baghdad, Iraq, to discuss the influx of Soviet Jews into Israel. Syria regards Iraq as enemy territory. At the meeting, Arab leaders hope to forge a common front concerning the possible settlement of Soviet Jews on Israeli-occupied land, which they believe would thwart hopes for a Palestinian state.
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May 23, 1990 | Reuters
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told world socialist leaders Tuesday that the immigration of Soviet Jews into Israel's occupied territories could spark a new Middle East war, and he accused the Jewish state of undermining peace efforts. "(The Jewish immigration) threatens to blow up the peace march and put the whole region on the verge of a new bloody confrontation," Mubarak told the opening session of a meeting of the Socialist International.
OPINION
February 17, 2012
Taking baptisms too far Re "Mormon Church apologizes," Feb. 15 I am insulted to my core by the Mormon Church's posthumous baptism of Jews, including the parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. My father's family was totally decimated by the Nazis, and so was part of my mother's family. Are we living in the 21st century or in the Dark Ages? This is cynicism at its highest form. It also exposes the Mormon Church as a lying entity. In the past, the church promised that this ghoulish practice of baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims would stop, but it didn't.
WORLD
April 22, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Fifty years ago this month, Israel seemed to grind to a halt as people huddled around radios, listening to testimony in the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Captured by Israeli secret service agents in Argentina in 1960, Eichmann was tried, and eventually executed, as a chief architect of the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were killed. The trial became a social and political turning point for the young nation. Even Eichmann's iconic glass witness booth has been preserved in an Israeli museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Robert F. Maguire Jr., the commercial pilot from Oregon who was dubbed the "Irish Moses" for helping fly tens of thousands of Jewish refugees through hostile territory from Yemen to Israel in 1949, has died. He was 94. Maguire died of natural causes June 10 at his home in Northridge, his family said.
NEWS
May 12, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bowing to protests from Holocaust survivors, an Israeli music festival decided Friday to ask conductor Daniel Barenboim to drop music by Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, from his program at the festival. Barenboim is scheduled to conduct the first act of Wagner's opera "The Valkyrie" with the Berliner Staatskapelle and solo singers July 7 at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.
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March 4, 2001 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Mercier, 52, is a religious Jew who lives in Elon Moreh, a conservative Jewish settlement in the West Bank where residents sometimes talk about expelling Palestinians from Israel. His half-brother Munther Hafnay, 44, lives a few minutes away in Palestinian-ruled Nablus and is an activist in Hamas, a radical Muslim group bent on the destruction of the Jewish state. Despite their diametrically opposite beliefs, Mercier and Hafnay are close.
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mobs are out on both sides now. Like their Palestinian counterparts, hard-line Jews are taking to the streets to vent their rage and exact revenge for 12 days of riots. The retaliation began in Nazareth on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when scores of Jewish youths went on a rampage in an Arab neighborhood--a confrontation that ended in the deaths of two Israeli Arabs.
NEWS
May 30, 1990 | Reuters
Arab League leaders extended their summit into a third day, to this morning, amid wrangling between moderates and radicals over how strongly to criticize U.S policy in the Mideast. The summit was called at the urging of the Palestinians to discuss the recent influx of Soviet Jews into Israel. Arabs fear that the immigrants may be sent to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, dampening hopes for a Palestinian state there.
NEWS
September 26, 1988
More than a dozen Jewish settler families tried to move onto a patch of land in the West Bank, but soldiers forced them to leave, officials said. After the eviction, about 24 members of the group marched to the Jerusalem home of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, where they set up a palm-roofed booth in protest. The confrontation came as Jews in Israel began the weeklong observance of Succot, which marks the Israelites' wanderings in the desert after their biblical exodus from Egypt.
NEWS
October 4, 2000 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pop, pop, pop of gunfire in the neighboring Arab town of Al Birah was clearly audible Tuesday in the spacious living room of Azriel and Chemda Pinsky's hilltop townhouse. As the shooting began, the Pinskys checked their watches. "The same as yesterday," Azriel said. "It starts after the funerals." In the past six days, he said, Palestinians burying those killed in bloody clashes with Israeli soldiers have taken potshots at this Jewish settlement from a nearby cemetery.
NEWS
October 3, 2000 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the bloodiest day yet, clashes between security forces and Israel's Arabs spread so widely Monday that both sides spoke fearfully of the violence spiraling into a communal war between the country's Jewish majority and Arab minority. In addition to battling Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on the fifth day of violent protests, Israeli police were fighting stone-throwing protesters in their own back yard--in Israeli towns from the Negev desert in the south to Nazareth in the north.
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