The Obama administration, joined by U.S. Jewish groups, called for the United Nations to dismiss Richard Falk, its rapporteur on Palestinian rights, after he posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.
The U.S. State Department is launching a study of Saudi textbooks to determine their reach and whether they promote intolerance.
The department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights will commission experts to examine textbooks for bigoted depictions of non-Muslims, including anti-Semitic tropes, Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department's envoy to combat anti-Semitism, told JTA.
During a tour last month of Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Rosenthal met with groups promoting interfaith dialogue and, in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with government education...
A French boat that left a Greek port for Gaza earlier in the week was detained by the Greek coast guard, while a U.S. activist group has ended its activities.
The French-flagged Dignity, a pleasure craft with eight passengers on board, was detained Thursday while refueling in Crete. A Greek official told CNN that the ship would not be allowed to continue on to Gaza.
Meanwhile, Leslie Cagan, coordinator of the U.S. Boat to Gaza, wrote Wednesday on the US to Gaza website that the team of activists from the United States ended its activities in Athens...
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The announcement of Bob Turner as the Republican candidate in a special election for Congress in Brooklyn and Queens has set the stage for a heated battle to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Turner, a former cable TV executive, ran a strong race against Weiner last year, winning 40 percent of the vote against a six-term incumbent who had never before had a serious challenge. He faces a seasoned Queens Democratic warrior, David Weprin, who has won races for City Council and state Assembly, his current job, though he lost a 2009 bid for city comptroller...
The U.S. House of Representatives threatened to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it pursues recognition of statehood outside of negotiations with Israel.
A resolution passed Thursday night by a vote of 406 to 6 "affirms that Palestinian efforts to circumvent direct negotiations and pursue recognition of statehood prior to agreement with Israel will harm United States-Palestinian relations and will have serious implications for the United States assistance programs for the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority."
An Italian court has handed down life sentences to nine elderly Germans for having killed more than 160 civilians in northern and central Italy during World War II.The nine former Nazi soldiers -- all in their 80s and 90s -- were sentenced in absentia by a court in Verona Tuesday night after a seven-month trial. They had been charged with killing 140 civilians in the Modena region in 1944 and also for massacres of dozens of others carried out in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna regions.