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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Footage taken from cameras aboard the Mavi Marmara show passengers apparently preparing for a confrontation with Israeli soldiers on May 31.

Israel’s cooperation on U.N. inquiry signals tactical shift

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished August 4, 2010

NEW YORK - The decision by Israel to participate in the United Nations probe of the Turkish flotilla incident marks a stark departure from Jerusalem's practice of opposing the world body's investigations of Israeli actions. A year-and-a-half ago, faced...

Israel agrees to participate in U.N. flotilla probe

JTA REPORTPublished August 2, 2010

JERUSALEM — Israel has agreed to participate in a United Nations investigation of the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla incident. "Israel has nothing to hide," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday after informing U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon that Israel...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives the Anti-Defamation Leagues Courage to Care Award from ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, June 10, 2005.

U.S. Jews, though reeling, look to preserve Turkish ties

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 18, 2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Jewish leaders talk in pained, hushed tones about the "red lines" in the Turkey-Israel relationship — the ones they say the Turkish leadership has crossed and the ones they say they won't. The fragile consensus emerging from...

Israel agrees to ease Gaza blockade

JTA REPORTPublished June 17, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's security Cabinet agreed to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip. After two days of meetings, the security Cabinet decided Thursday to "liberalize the system of allowing civilian goods to enter Gaza," "expand the inflow of materials...

Israel approves Gaza flotilla inquiry commission

JTA REPORTPublished June 14, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Cabinet unanimously approved a commission of inquiry into the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla that left nine passengers dead. Two foreign observers were named to the commission. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said...

Former justice to head Israel’s flotilla inquiry

JTA REPORTPublished June 13, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A former Israeli Supreme Court justice will head Israel's investigative committee examining the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, in which nine passengers were killed. Yaakov Tirkel will head the probe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Flotilla fallout becomes rallying cry for U.S. Jews

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished June 9, 2010

NEW YORK — The last time American Jews took to the streets in significant numbers to make the case for Israel's right to defend itself, during Israel's war with Hamas in early 2009, rockets were raining down on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. This...

A scene from the video satire We Con the World, which mocks the outpouring of condemnation of Israels flotilla raid. (Latma)

Israeli grass-roots effort fights flotilla fallout

By Dina Kraft, JTAPublished June 9, 2010

TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Two days after last week's flotilla incident, with Israel weathering a hailstorm of international condemnation, a group of young Israelis hunkered down in a Tel Aviv recording studio to produce a satirical music video they hoped would...

Following the Israeli Navys take over of the Gaza-bound flotilla, Jerusalem is facing tough questions about its blockade of the Palestinian area.

Israel faces tough choices on Gaza amid blockade criticism

By Leslie Susser, JTAPublished June 9, 2010

JERUSALEM - Despite the international outcry following last week's lethal confrontation between Israeli commandos and militant pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Turkish vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, Israel insists its naval blockade of the...

Israel peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound ship

JTA REPORTPublished June 7, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel peacefully intercepted a seventh Gaza-bound ship and brought it to Ashdod port. Israeli Navy forces boarded the Irish-owned ship named the Rachel Corrie, in memory of an American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed by an...

The Israeli Navy, seen here approaching one of a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships, clashed with Turkish activists aboard one of the ships.

Netanyahu: ‘International hypocrisy’ over flotilla condemnations

JTA ReportPublished June 3, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel is facing "international hypocrisy" over its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli public. "Israel is told it has the right to defend itself, but when we do exercise that right...

Gaza campaign ready to fund new flotilla

Published June 3, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A pro-Gaza organization says it has received funding for three new ships that will attempt to break Israel's maritime blockade of the coastal strip. The European Campaign to End Siege on Gaza announced on its website Wednesday that...

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