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.
March 10, 1992
One of Israel's two chief rabbis took a detour last night from his diplomatic mission to Washington to stand in the dining room of an Upper Park Heights home, fold his hands over the back of a chair and talk to about 150 people who crammed the living room to hear him.Rabbi Avraham Hacohen Shapira said he had kept diplomats waiting in order to come to Baltimore.He spoke in Hebrew. The English translation, provided by an interpreter from his entourage, was mixed thoroughly with common Hebrew terms.
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.
July 18, 1997
Fifty years ago today, a group of more than 4,500 Holocaust survivors aboard the Exodus 1947, a converted Chesapeake Bay steamer that had sailed from Baltimore, engaged in a showdown with the British navy in international waters off Egypt.The refugees were hoping to slip by a blockade to enter British-controlled Palestine. The furor after they were rebuffed and sent to detention camps in Germany eventually resulted in the creation of the state of Israel.Today at noon, members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore Zionist District will unveil a historical marker commemorating the event at the Waterfront Arcade of the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor.
January 8, 1996
PARIS -- The passage of power in Saudi Arabia, from King Fahd to Crown Prince Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz comes soon after the November car-bomb attack in Riyadh that killed five American government advisers.The events, unrelated, are nonetheless significant to the future of an American Middle Eastern commitment that still lacks the analysis it deserves.Five decades ago both the oil industry and the State Department were hostile to America's recognition of the newly proclaimed state of Israel.