The Boiling Point

Jewish teens in Mexico respond to drug violence

Jewish teens in Mexico respond to drug violence

October 31, 2010

In Mexico, a country plagued by violence for decades – most recently in its ongoing drug war  – people learn to adapt. “We hear about violence...

COLUMN: How Time Magazine doesn’t care about journalism

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

October 25, 2010

“In the week that three Presidents, a King and their own Prime Minister gather at the White House to begin a fresh round of talks on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the truth is, Israelis are no longer preoccupied with the matter,” writes Karl Vick, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. The story that goes with that statement (http://tinyurl.com/BPTIMEARTICLE),...

Muslim journalists interning in US describe challenges

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

September 1, 2010

Over the summer, the Daniel Pearl Foundation gave Jewish Los Angeles a chance to understand the conflict in the Middle East through the eyes of the other side. In a panel discussion hosted Aug. 12 at the Steve Allen Theater in North Hollywood, two Daniel Pearl fellows, one from Egypt and one from Pakistan, spoke about how America is viewed from abroad. The speakers were...

Peace talks have started between Israel and Palestinian Authority

Peace talks have started between Israel and Palestinian Authority

August 30, 2010

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authority resumed Sept. 20 after 20 months, after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton worked with...

Gilad Shalit’s father praises LA Mayor Villaraigosa in Boiling Point interview

Gilad Shalit’s father praises LA Mayor Villaraigosa in Boiling Point interview

August 30, 2010

Noam Shalit, father of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, will not stand for Israel’s inaction regarding his son’s four-year captivity. So...

Reaction to Israel’s flotilla raid sparks student debate

Zev Hurwitz, Acting Editor-in-Chief, and Jaclyn Kellner, Community Editor

July 8, 2010

Israel’s decision to board a Turkish ship trying to reach Gaza through its blockade led to a passionate exchange of views at the year’s last Town Hall June 3, as Israel continued to wrestle with world reaction to the deaths of nine of the ship's passengers. The ship refused orders to divert to Ashdod, where Israel had unloaded the humanitarian supplies from five smaller...

At least nine deaths in flotilla incident off Gaza; details still emerging

May 31, 2010

In a rapidly developing story, at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in a clash with Israeli soldiers aboard a ship carrying humanitarian...

Haiti: Disaster struck, and Shalhevet struck back

Haiti: Disaster struck, and Shalhevet struck back

March 18, 2010

When disaster struck Haiti on January 12 in the form of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the response from within Shalhevet was swift and strong.  The next...

Jewish teens reach out to help Chile cope

Jewish teens reach out to help Chile cope

March 18, 2010

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on Feb. 27 left the world stunned, especially after Haiti. But the Jewish community there, having experienced little...

Sleeping on the ground: Excerpts from Dave’s blog

Dave Chameides, Director of Sustainability

March 18, 2010

January 27 A long day has finally ended. We got here at about 7 am and went straight to the central hospital. When I say hospital, I don’t mean it like anything you’ve ever seen in Los Angeles. The guys who have been here since Day One told us that the hospital was overrun with rats. The poverty here is not to be believed. There was a tragedy in Haiti but the earthqua...

AHMADINEJAD WATCH: Iranian leader visits Kabul, adds to nukes

Jenny Newman, Outside News Editor and Jacob Ellenhorn, 9th Grade

March 18, 2010

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid his second visit to Afghanistan since 2005, coinciding with a visit from US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Ahmadinejad cited his reasons as ensuring the smooth passage of peace talks in the region, but he also too the oppertunity to accuse the United States of playing a ‘double game’ in Afghanistan - fighting the very insurgents...

UN report accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes in Gaza

Jenny Newman, Outside News Editor

January 6, 2010

A recently issued report by the United Nations Human Rights Council has found that both the militant group Hamas and the state of Israel committed war crimes and violations of international law, due to each group's actions during the Israeli military operation “Cast Lead” in Gaza last winter. The report, based on an investigation led by South African judge Richard Goldstone,...