UMD’s J Street U hosts peace panel
By Adam Barry
As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains in the news, J Street U, one of several Israel advocacy groups on campus, hosted an event yesterday featuring perspectives from both sides.
The “Peace Partners” event at Hillel featured a moderated discussion on the approach to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, ...
Israel’s new conversion statute strikes controversy
By Maya Pottiger
Israel passed a law Nov. 2 that makes it easier for non-Jewish Israeli citizens to convert to Judaism.
The original statute only recognized conversions made by the Chief Rabbinate. This slowed the conversion process, and it caused some Israeli immigrants whose Jewish religion came into question after immigrating to ...
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer to speak at UMD tonight
By Jacqueline Hyman
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer will speak at the Seventh Annual Dubin Lecture at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The Dubin Lecture, which has been an annual event since 2008, is “an opportunity to bring high-level lecturers to discuss issues that are related ...
Summer in Israel: UMD students experience challenges on trips abroad during Gaza war
What started off as summer plans to intern, travel and visit his brother, turned into a much more eye opening experience for senior computer engineering major Max Cohen.
“I wanted an internship in Israel, so I did one with Israel Tech Challenge,” Cohen said. “We first had a two-week tour of Israel’s tech scene followed by an 8-week ...
How the U.S. could be involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict
By Mojan Najmabadi
To say that the summer of 2014 has been a season of political unrest worldwide is an understatement. As Israeli forces invaded Gaza and the world witnessed the exchange of air strikes and rocket fire taking place, the American public found itself standing on the sidelines with quite a dilemma on its door steps.
In the ...
Is Birthright Right For You?
By Lauren Shaw
College students are an extremely diverse population, but there is one word most can appreciate: free. And for Jewish college students, a free trip to Israel is actually possible.
Birthright, a popular program subsidized by the Israeli government and private donations, provides trips to Israel for Jewish students with the ...
By Nkongho Beteck
The 2013 Israel election allowed Israelis to exercise their democratic right to vote, producing a large voter turnout and focusing on more domestic issues moving forward.
The Los Angeles Times reported results from the Central Election Committee that conservative parties in the next Knesset will consist of Netanyahu's Likud ...