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Israel

  • Alan Gross, after spending 5 years in a Cuban prison, is starting over in Israel

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) – Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him since his release from a Cuban prison in December 2014, ending five years of imprisonment for his […]
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  • Netanyahu meets Mexican-Jewish diplomat fired for protesting UNESCO Jerusalem vote

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently met with Mexico’s former UNESCO ambassador who was fired last year for walking out of a vote on an anti-Israel resolution effectively denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem. Andres Roemer, who is Jewish, met with Netanyahu in Paris, just before the prime minister left for Hungary. Two Reasons For Walkout “Last year, […]
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  • Netanyahu  turns his back on diaspora Jews; pluralism in Israel takes dive

    By jwadmin on July 12, 2017
    DC Report By Douglas Bloomfield Recently, my granddaughter wore a tallit and read from the Torah for her bat mitzvah at Ruach HaMaqom, the oldest synagogue in Vermont. It is in a neighborhood on the Old North End in Burlington that was once known as “Little Jerusalem.” If she tried that at the Western Wall in old Jerusalem she could have […]
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  • At Maccabiah Games opening: Singing, dancing and a hockey player’s wedding

    By jwadmin on July 8, 2017
    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Thousands of athletes and spectators who came to celebrate the opening of the 20th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem got to revel in another rite — the Jewish wedding of a Canadian hockey player. Some 10,000 athletes from 80 countries marched behind their flags on Thursday night, July 6, into Teddy Stadium — ranging from one member of the […]
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  • Israel sues widow and children of Palestinian terrorist for cost of attack

    By jwadmin on July 6, 2017
    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has filed a civil lawsuit against the wife and young children of a Palestinian terrorist to recover the cost of his attack in Jerusalem. The suit filed last month by the Jerusalem Prosecutor’s Office over the January attack is expected to be the first in a number of lawsuits expected to be filed against the families […]
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  • J Street meets with U.S. ambassador to Israel

    By jwadmin on July 6, 2017
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) –The leadership of J Street, the liberal American Jewish Middle East policy group,  recently met with David Friedman, the United States ambassador to Israel who before his nomination had derided the group as worse than Nazi collaborators. “We appreciate the willingness of Ambassador Friedman to meet members of Congress under the auspices of J Street,” said […]
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  • A haredi Orthodox rabbi explains how Western Wall deal undermines Jewish survival

    By jwadmin on July 6, 2017
    By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) – Haredi Orthodox Jews agree with their non-Orthodox brethren on one thing: The future of the Jewish people is at stake in the debate raging over who controls the Western Wall and conversion in Israel. Other than that, though, there is little common ground. According to Nachum Eisenstein, the chief rabbi of eastern Jerusalem’s haredi Maalot […]
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  • India’s Modi arrives in Israel for historic visit that fetes burgeoning ties

    By jwadmin on July 5, 2017
    By ADAM ABRAMS/JNS.org – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday afternoon, kicking off the first-ever visit to Israel by a sitting Indian head of state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials greeted Modi at the airport with a “segel aleph” ceremony—an honor reserved for the most important visiting dignitaries, such as American […]
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  • Who counts as a Jew? And who gets to decide? Israel’s controversial conversion bill, explained

    By jwadmin on June 29, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Israeli politicians and Jewish leaders are fighting again over an age-old question: Who counts as a Jew? And who gets to decide? This week, Israel’s government inflamed simmering tensions over Jewish conversion when a Cabinet committee advanced a bill that would further empower the country’s haredi Orthodox Chief Rabbinate. The measure declares that […]
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  • Why this Israeli official can’t remain silent about Linda Sarsour

    By jwadmin on June 27, 2017
    By DANI DAYAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Now that the furor over Linda Sarsour’s commencement speech at CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health is over, it is the right time for me to draw some conclusions and express some thoughts surrounding the event. It is not a domestic American issue in which a foreign diplomat is not entitled to intervene; it […]
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