Israel http://wfpl.org en Louisville Memorial Service For 3 Israeli Teens Killed While Hitchhiking http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-memorial-service-3-israeli-teens-killed-while-hitchhiking <p>Louisvillians gathered Wednesday evening at&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in the Highlands to memorialize three teenagers&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">whose bodies <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/world/middleeast/Israel-missing-teenagers.html?_r=0">were found in Israel on Monday,</a> weeks after they were kidnapped while hitchhiking.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:40:17 +0000 Eleanor Hasken 9698 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Memorial Service For 3 Israeli Teens Killed While Hitchhiking Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott http://wfpl.org/post/presidents-kentuckys-two-largest-universities-oppose-israeli-academic-boycott <p>The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">American Studies Association.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ASA National Council&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theasa.net/">recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities</a>, which they did last month. &nbsp;The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Israel’s policies against Palestine.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:47:50 +0000 Devin Katayama 8252 at http://wfpl.org Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott Sen. Rand Paul: Israel Trip Was to 'Cement Relationships' http://wfpl.org/post/sen-rand-paul-israel-trip-was-cement-relationships <p></p><p>Fresh off a trip to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says his mission was to prove he is an ally of the Middle Eastern nation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many pro-Israel groups have been wary of the senator, because of his calls to reduce foreign aid. Paul’s father, Ron Paul, the former U.S. representative and Republican presidential candidate, also had a frosty relationship with pro-Israel groups.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the senator said he learned a lot from his trip and worked to solidify his relationships with the U.S. ally.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:32:46 +0000 Kenny Colston 3461 at http://wfpl.org Sen. Rand Paul: Israel Trip Was to 'Cement Relationships' Senator Mitch McConnell Joins Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan and Israel http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-joins-congressional-delegation-afghanistan-and-israel <p>Joined by a delegation of lawmakers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Monday that he and four other senators recently completed a trip to Afghanistan and Israel.<br><br>From McConnell's office:</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:27:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3401 at http://wfpl.org Senator Mitch McConnell Joins Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan and Israel In Israel, Sen. Paul Calls for Gradual Reduction of Foreign Aid http://wfpl.org/post/israel-sen-paul-calls-gradual-reduction-foreign-aid <p>In his first visit to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand&nbsp;Paul is calling for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid.</p><p>It's an unlikely place to deliver the message, since Israel is among the largest recipients of American assistance. But Paul said in a Monday meeting with reporters that the U.S. can't afford to keep sending money overseas, even to allies like Israel. He says it would be "harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money."</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:12:04 +0000 Associated Press 3303 at http://wfpl.org In Israel, Sen. Paul Calls for Gradual Reduction of Foreign Aid Rand Paul to Visit Israel http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-visit-israel <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., will travel to Israel next month to meet with leaders in the Middle East on all sides of the ongoing conflict.</p><p>The trip will be privately funded and marks Paul’s first visit to the region, where he will be joined by&nbsp; evangelical and Republican leaders on a tour of cultural and historical sites.</p><p>The delegation has requested meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah.</p><p>Jewish Community of Louisville spokesman Matt Goldberg says the trip will give Paul a chance to understand the unique challenges Israel faces and possibly change his views.</p><p>"We're hopeful that after Sen. Paul sees Israel and what kind of small country it is, and how it’s surrounded by its enemies," says Goldberg. "And we’re hopeful that Sen. Paul will come to see that and revisit his position on foreign aid to Israel."</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:28:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2817 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul to Visit Israel Local Activists React to Israel-Gaza Conflict http://wfpl.org/post/local-activists-react-israel-gaza-conflict <p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/19/israel-gaza-and-the-patterns-of-the-past/">escalating violence in the Middle East</a> and has sparked a series of pro-Palestinian protests in Louisville.</p><p>Last week, the Israeli government&nbsp;launched airstrikes that killed top Hamas military leaders in response to rocket launches that killed three civilians, and the conflict has approached full-scale war.</p><p>Several local peace groups, such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East, have pointed out that <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323353204578128553409185788.html">over 90 Palestinian civilians have been killed</a> thus far and that densely populated areas are being targeted by the Israeli military.</p><p>At least two protests have been held in Louisville, including one Monday at the University of Louisville.</p><p>Pro-Palestinian activist Ibrahim Imam has helped organize the local demonstrations. He says residents should be aware that the U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in foreign aid, and are therefore complicit in the country's military actions.</p><p>"I want people to realize that the crimes that are being committed are being committed against Palestinians," he says. "The Palestinians are the victims in this, and I want people to look deeply into this and not buy the cliche that are being fed to them. And Israel should not be rewarded for its aggression at the tune of $15 million a day."</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:03:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2559 at http://wfpl.org