The American linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky, who was barred from entering Israel Sunday to give a lecture at Birzeit University in the West Bank, planned to give the lecture instead by videoconference from Amman. Al Jazeera planned to televise it live.
(JTA) — Jewish Democrats launched a petition calling on a columnist syndicate to drop Pat Buchanan.
The National Jewish Democratic Council said a recent column by the three-time presidential candidate questioning President Obama’s pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court was intolerant because it made an issue of her Jewish faith.
(JTA) — The Jim Joseph Foundation will give Stanford University $12 million to renew its Jewish education studies department.
The funding for the California university’s School of Education will create a doctoral concentration in education and Jewish studies, and establish and endow a Jim Joseph professorship in education and Jewish studies.
The gift is the largest in the history of Stanford’s School of Education.
(JTA) — President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the outset of renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks.
“The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks,” a White House statement said Tuesday. “He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel.”
Obama made a similar call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 3.