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By ANDREI CODRESCU | February 6, 1995
Jerusalem. -- On a ledge overlooking the Wailing Wall, a group of Jews sit silently in the rain behind a banner proclaiming the imminent arrival of the messiah. They shouldn't bother: the Messiah, when He comes, won't be coming to Jerusalem. He'll go directly to CNN headquarters in Atlanta. Jerusalem is too complicated.At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, in a room full of an infinity of lights, voices read without surcease the names of the million and a half children murdered by the Nazis.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Harry E. Klages, a World War II pilot who owned Cathell Bros. & Co. Inc. and was a longtime volunteer with the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, died Monday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center of complications from a fall. He was 93. The son of Harry E. Klages, a Chesapeake Bay pilot, and Lillian Seth Klages, a homemaker, Harry Ernest Klages was born in Baltimore. When he was 8 months old, his mother died, and his father turned him over to an uncle and aunt who raised him in the city's Mayfield neighborhood and also at another home on the Magothy River.
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September 29, 2011
Like most such dialogues, the recent discussions about Israel and Palestine at the U.N. ignore international treaty law ("Bid for statehood may end," Sept. 21). Jews were given legal and political rights to what is now called Palestine in 1920, when the four principal allied powers of World War I - Great Britain, France,Italy and Japan - formalized the Balfour Declaration at San Remo, Italy. Arab representatives agreed to this in exchange for recognition of their territorial claims in Mesopotamia and elsewhere.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Frances G. Bell, who was considered an expert on the history of the village of Kingsville, where she lived her entire life, died Sunday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 91. The daughter of Frank C. Goettner, a Baltimore County Health Department worker, and Pauline Goettner, a seamstress, Frances Goettner was born in a second-floor bedroom of the Kingsville Inn, which had been owned by her grandparents. Today, the former hostelry in the 11700 block of Belair Road is a funeral home.
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August 17, 2012
There are three issues relating to the U.S. stance toward Jerusalem to which Robert Pines' article usefully draws attention ("U.S. must recognizeIsrael'scapital," Aug. 15). The first is whether the U.S. government considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel. The second is whether the U.S. regards Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The third is whether the U.S. government wishes to locate its embassy in Jerusalem. It would be consistent with congressional and public sentiment, and with the comments of previous U.S. presidents, for President Barack Obama to publicly and explicitly declare that Jerusalem is part of Israel and that he was instructing the State Department and other government agencies to make their policies reflect that reality.
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August 21, 2012
As someone who has visited Jerusalem, the ancient city where three religions try to co-exist, I was startled to read "Three questions for the U.S. about Jerusalem" (Aug. 18). The arrogance expressed in that letter was over-the-top. The letter writer's initial question is "whether the U.S government considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel. " Jerusalem is an international city. And if the Israeli government would end its occupation of Palestine, this international city could be a beacon of hope promoting diversity and tolerance against hate and bigotry.
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By Robert Ruby and Robert Ruby,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1996
"Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths," by Karen Armstrong. Alfred A. Knopf. 544 pages. $30.Even if we have never seen it, we think we know Jerusalem. If we are Jews, Christians or Muslims, we believe the city to be rightfully ours. Karen Armstrong's "Jerusalem" is a sufficiently detailed, sobering history of the city's 4,000 years to taint every claim. It is a chronicle of the inspiring, often horrific deeds performed in the city's name.In the best sense, this is a deeply disillusioning book.
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May 25, 1995
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel jeopardized the peace process by deciding to confiscate 131 acres in East Jerusalem for Israeli settlement. Then he advanced it by suspending the confiscation, which is now considered dead.That coincided with a meeting in which Israel's foreign minister and Palestine leader Yasser Arafat agreed to keep the timetable for turning more West Bank land over to Mr. Arafat's authority.Although Israel has confiscated much land since occupying Jerusalem 28 years ago, this would have been the first confiscation since the PLO peace agreement in 1993.
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November 5, 1993
The reasons for Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek's re-election defeat is in the eye of the beholder. Those who are eager for peace between Israelis and Arabs point to his age, his open reluctance to run a seventh time, his nearly three decades in office. Those who oppose it broadcast Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin's unfortunate description of the local contest as a referendum on the peace initiative and describe it as a rejection of Mr. Kollek's attempts at even-handed municipal government in the city cherished by both faiths.
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By Kenneth Lasson | September 27, 2000
REUVEN CHAIM WEISSMAN, our first grandson, is a baby without a country. Born recently in Jerusalem, this tiny apolitical person has just arrived in Baltimore from Israel with his proud parents, a journey that required him to have an American passport. All went smoothly at the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem until I asked the woman processing the forms why there was no country listed after "Jerusalem" on the passport application. "If your grandson had been born elsewhere in Israel," she said in an apparently well-rehearsed speech, "his passport would have named the state.
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September 30, 2013
Don't miss the 19th annual Colonial Craftsmen Weekend at historic Jerusalem Mill Village. This exciting encampment and market fair happens in the Kingsville area of Gunpowder Falls State Park on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, the event re-creates public market days in a rural village in the last quarter of the 18th century. Artisans and reenactors will be demonstrating trades, crafts, clothes and customs of the time, and merchants will be offering a variety of goods for sale.
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December 4, 2012
For all those who believe The Sun's position on Palestinian statehood has merit, the following is offered for consideration ("Pressure on Israel to negotiate," Nov. 30). The Palestinian statehood that they are seeking now, they could have had in 1948 with an internationalized Jerusalem if not for the Arab world's belligerence in and out of the United Nations to this very day. The territory they lost to the Israelis was a direct result of the many attacks and provocations the Arab world initiated and against which the Israelis defended themselves successfully.
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September 9, 2012
What a fiasco we witnessed at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte N.C. this week ("'A we're-all-in-this-together society," Sept. 6). It looked like it was planned by three blind mice. First they were going to have this show of numbers by busing in thousands of Democrats from neighboring states to fill the stadium. While this would not be a true show of Democratic popularity, the DNC was willing to put out the money to do this for propaganda purposes. Then there was to be a huge fireworks display.
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August 21, 2012
As someone who has visited Jerusalem, the ancient city where three religions try to co-exist, I was startled to read "Three questions for the U.S. about Jerusalem" (Aug. 18). The arrogance expressed in that letter was over-the-top. The letter writer's initial question is "whether the U.S government considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel. " Jerusalem is an international city. And if the Israeli government would end its occupation of Palestine, this international city could be a beacon of hope promoting diversity and tolerance against hate and bigotry.
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August 17, 2012
Commentator Robert Pines could not have been more wrong in his statement that East Jerusalem was "annexed" by Israel in 1967 ("U.S. must recognize Israel's capital," Aug. 15). The facts are that Israel started a war in 1967 in order to steal Palestinian lands in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. should demand a just Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian state. It is time for the U.S. to end all financial, military and political aid to Israel and become an honest broker for peace in the Middle East.
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August 17, 2012
There are three issues relating to the U.S. stance toward Jerusalem to which Robert Pines' article usefully draws attention ("U.S. must recognizeIsrael'scapital," Aug. 15). The first is whether the U.S. government considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel. The second is whether the U.S. regards Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The third is whether the U.S. government wishes to locate its embassy in Jerusalem. It would be consistent with congressional and public sentiment, and with the comments of previous U.S. presidents, for President Barack Obama to publicly and explicitly declare that Jerusalem is part of Israel and that he was instructing the State Department and other government agencies to make their policies reflect that reality.
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By FRANK P. L. SOMERVILLE | March 26, 1995
Cardinal William H. Keeler demonstrated his diplomatic skills as well as his concern for amicable interfaith discussion in his March 13 meeting with a group of American Jews, invited to his Baltimore home after their explosive reaction to a statement he had signed the week before.The climate for discussion was improved, but core disagreements remain unresolved.The criticized statement was issued March 6 by the cardinal and seven other Christian leaders as a public appeal to President Clinton.
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By Nathan J. Diament | November 25, 2007
Past efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed for multiple reasons, chief among them the issue of Jerusalem. And while the leaders gathering in Annapolis have agreed not to agree about the holy city's fate for now, it will likely be the unbridgeable divide in the follow-up negotiations. As Madeleine K. Albright noted, "If Jerusalem were just a real estate issue, we could have dealt with it long ago." Jerusalem is hardly a real estate issue. It is at the heart of the Israel-Arab impasse, for it relates fundamentally to history, theology and national identity.
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By Robert Pines | August 14, 2012
At first glance, Jerusalem appears to be the quintessential capital city: The sprawling, modern metropolis is home to Israel'sparliament, the Knesset, and courts, ministry buildings, monuments and museums dot the surrounding area. Lining the main streets are alternating Israeli and Jerusalem flags - all symbols of Israel's proud ownership of the city. Yet unlike most other countries in the world, embassies in Israel are not located in the capital. Instead, foreign delegations from around the globe are housed some 50 kilometers away in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, save for two embassies in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevaseret Zion.
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September 29, 2011
Like most such dialogues, the recent discussions about Israel and Palestine at the U.N. ignore international treaty law ("Bid for statehood may end," Sept. 21). Jews were given legal and political rights to what is now called Palestine in 1920, when the four principal allied powers of World War I - Great Britain, France,Italy and Japan - formalized the Balfour Declaration at San Remo, Italy. Arab representatives agreed to this in exchange for recognition of their territorial claims in Mesopotamia and elsewhere.
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