Israeli leaders to discuss Zionism in New York

Olmert among the speakers

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Israel’s ambassadors to the United States and United Nations and a former Mossad director will keynote a one-day conference in New York next month focusing on Zionism. As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, the Jerusalem Post will showcase Olmert, Ayalon, Ambassadors Michael Oren and Ron Prosor and former Mossad director Meir Dagan April 29 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

“A year after the historic changes brought about by the Arab Spring, the Middle East is undergoing a huge transformation, the U.S. is bracing for a dramatic presidential election, the global economy is in turmoil and Israel is facing enormous challenges on all fronts,” Steve Linde, the paper’s editor-in-chief, said in his online invitation. “How will all this affect the close relationship between Jerusalem and Washington, and what impact might it have on Jewish communities around the world?” Linde said, asking the kinds of questions that the program, the paper’s first in what is planned to be an annual event, will explore.

Unlike most U.S.-based conferences that focus on Israel, this one will be primarily from Israel’s perspective. No U.S. government officials are yet on the agenda, and the vast majority of speakers are coming from Israel.

The conference — Israel 2012: Fighting for the Zionist Dream —also will feature panel discussions by Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor, who frequently writes about Israel; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and many of The Jerusalem Post’s top editors and journalists.

Topic discussions will include Regional Threats: The Iranian Nuclear Program, the Arab Spring and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict; Diaspora-Israel Ties: American Jewry’s Relationship with the Jewish State; The Media War Against the Delegitimization of Israel; and Investment Opportunities in the Israeli Economy.

The conference will provide “a good opportunity to discuss openly and in a very serious manner some of the kinds of issues that are on the agenda and are completely in the minds of millions of people,” Olmert said in a video message.

Singer Neshama Carlebach, along with Roger Hambrick and members of the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, will perform at the event’s conclusion.

For tickets, please click here. Regular admission is $349. A $549 VIP ticket includes preferred seating and a private lunch with guest speakers. Jerusalem Post subscribers, Jewish Federation members, students and groups also qualify for special offers.

Jerusalem Post article reveals bias against Orthodox

By SOL LACHMAN

Israel is full of strong opinions. No news there. Let anyone doubt that, see the secular harbor prejudice and hatred against the Torah observant and attempts to stir up controversy between the more modern and haredi Orthodox public.

One only needs to read this incendiary article from the December 23, 2011, Jerusalem Post.

The headline “Orthodox Convert from U.S. Ordered to Leave Israel,” fronts a story filled with clear journalistic bias. Before judging the situation harshly, we need to read between the lines.

The author cites only those who oppose the decision and the Interior Ministry that said that the rabbinate made the decision, not us. The article does not say anything to show the author tried to interview someone from the rabbinate, or any rabbi who could shed specific light as to why the woman was denied.

More telling, the author never names the rabbi who oversaw the conversion, only telling us that he is “well respected.” If he is so well-respected, why not tell who he is?

Judging from all the comments on the article, this is just another softball attempt to play to the Haredi-hating secular gallery giving them an opportunity to vent.

I’m asking basic questions about the integrity of this article. It would not pass Journalism 101 anywhere. Yet the Jerusalem Post publishes it.

When prejudice and emotion take over, rational thought goes out the window. No news there.