April 11, 1999
Leon UrisBaltimore native Leon Uris wrote prolifically on war.His first novel, "Battle Cry," gained him rapid success. It involves World War II Marine training and fighting.Uris' "Exodus" details European Jewish history in the establishment and defense of the state of Israel."Mila 18" deals with Warsaw ghetto uprisings against the Nazis in 1943. "The Haj" depicts the lives of Palestinian Arabs from the World War I to the Suez war.-- Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature and Benet's Reader's EncyclopediaPub Date: 04/11/99
May 14, 2008
Perspectives from the Israeli and Arab media on Israel's 60th anniversary: "Have we gone mad? Has something gone wrong with our collective mind? The state of Israel is about to mark 60 years of independence in an atmosphere of bitterness, depression and public reluctance 'to waste the money on celebrations.' The state of Israel, whose existence, growth and prosperity are perceived by so many in the world as one of the most impressive and influential successes of modern times, is sinking in melancholy as if it were a total failure.
October 8, 2000
Fabian Homer Kolker, an international activist who brought Jews out of the former Soviet Union, died Tuesday of complications of diabetes at Sinai Hospital. He was 85 and lived in Pikesville. Long a passionate advocate of the state of Israel, he spent 30 years defending the rights of Jews in the former U.S.S.R. "He worked night and day to get people free from Russia," said Audrey Levine, a friend who lives in Baltimore County. "He did it for freedom." He first became interested in the plight of Soviet Jews in 1960 when he met with philosopher Bertrand Russell, who told him how families were being repressed in the Soviet Union.
March 8, 2007
A profound division has developed between Zionist advocates of Israel and Jews, secular and religious, who reject or question Zionism and actions taken by the state of Israel. Public debate about Israel's place in Jewish continuity has become open and candid. Many Jews try to come to terms with the contradictions between the Judaism they profess to adhere to and the Zionist ideology that has taken hold of them. This coincides with serious concerns expressed across Israel's political and religious spectrum about the future of Israel.
May 17, 1998
Composer Shulamit Ran was born in the same year as the state of Israel, her homeland, which makes her an ideal person to write an orchestral work commemorating its golden anniversary.The genesis of "Vessels of Courage and Hope," which will be premiered next weekend by the BSO, occurred more than two years ago when the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer received a call from David Zinman. The BSO's music director was asking for a work recognizing the role of a Baltimore ship, the S.S. President Warfield, in the formation of the state of Israel.
June 11, 1995
Contrary to your editorial (''Fooling With the Peace Process,'' May 28), there are cogent reasons for moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem immediately.For more than 45 years we have questioned the sovereignty of the state of Israel by keeping our embassy in Tel Aviv while the seat of the government is located in Jerusalem. To do so has been an insult to Israel, particularly in light of the constant support that this country has given us in all international bodies, including being our most consistent friend in the United Nations, as indicated by its voting pattern.