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As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to transl...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
TEL AVIV — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Isra...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s mai...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
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Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Global Briefs February 12
Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
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Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
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Census shows rise in Jewish school enrollment
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Enrollment at Jewish elementary and secondary schools in the United States is on the rise, according to the findings of a new AVI CHAI Foundation census. But the news isn’t all good. There are 228,...
Israeli army to fight Facebook enemies
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- The Israel Defense Forces will draft recruits to fight the enemy on Facebook and Twitter. The IDF is set to begin drafting computer experts in order to start a new media department uni...
Jewish Labor Committee calls for Hyatt boycott
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Jewish Labor Committee is calling on Jews to boycott Hyatt Hotels. The call comes following the news earlier this fall that the hotel chain had laid off approximately 100 members ...
White House to kindle rare Czech menorah
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- A rare menorah on loan from the Jewish Museum in Prague will be lit during a special White House ceremony. The museum handed over the rare menorah on Tuesday to Mary Thompson-Jones, ch...
Talking Israel, Jews and anti-Semitism at Amsterdam film festival
by Ben Harris
JTA
Dec 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM -- A hushed crowd filed into a standing-room-only space above the Escape Club in Amsterdam last week to hear the Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Maziar Bahari describe the four months he spent...
As Demjanjuk trial nears, prosecutors confident they can convict
by Toby Axelrod
JTA
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN -- Whether in a wheelchair or on his own two feet, John Demjanjuk will enter Munich District Court on Nov. 30 to stand trial for World War II-era crimes against humanity. He is charged as an...
Israeli soldiers spark fears, shift debate with threats of not carrying out order
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Top Israeli political and military leaders are increasingly worried about several recent incidents involving soldiers publicly declaring their refusal to evacuate Jewish settlers from ...
Turkey, Jordan and Israel held joint search and rescue maneuvers
by JTA
Nov 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Turkey, Jordan and Israel held joint search and rescue maneuvers, a Turkish newspaper reported. The exercise reportedly took place two weeks ago at the Turkish Special Forces Command’s training ran...
Unilateral actions on Palestinian state could prompt Israel action
by JTA
Nov 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Unilateral actions to declare a Palestinian state could cause Israel to take unilateral action of its own, Benjamin Netanyahu said. “The way to achieve peace is through negotiations, cooperation an...
Orthodox groups decry State Dept. report on religious freedom
by Anath Hartmann
JTA
Nov 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A U.S. State Department report on religious freedom is drawing sharp criticism from Orthodox Jewish groups over its portrayal of Israel. The groups are denouncing what they call the un...