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U.S., U.N. Call for ‘Transparent’ Probe Of Fatal Nakba Day Shooting

05/21/2014
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The U.S. State Department and the United Nations Security Council called on the Israeli government to launch an investigation into the killing of two Palestinian teens by Israeli soldiers.

New York Times: Israel To Expand In East Jerusalem

Planned location would block connection between Jerusalem neighborhoods and Palestinian cities.

11/30/2012

Hours after the United Nations General Assembly voted over the objections of Israel and the United States to upgrade the Palestinians' status, the government of Israel decided to move forward on the construction of housing in a controversial part of East Jerusalem, the New York Times reports.

Netanyahu speaking in front of the Jewish east Jerusalem settlement of Gilo. Getty Images

U.S. Transfers $40 Million In Aid To Palestinians

12/30/2011

The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up by Congress in response to the Palestinians' actions at the United Nations. 

The assistance that the U.S. is  for humanitarian and economic purposes and not for security assistance.

U.S. Fears Pro-Palestinian Attacks On Embassies

U.S. diplomats, not only in the Middle East, are "incredibly nervous" that angry pro-Palestinian mobs will attack American embassies and other installations in retaliation for opposing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' application for UN recognition of Palestine, according to Congressional sources briefed by the State Department.

White House Changes Web Site In Passport Flap

08/11/2011
Staff Writer

Just days after the Zionist Organization of America pointed out in a legal brief that the U.S. government routinely refers to Jerusalem as a part of Israel, the White House changed its Web site to remove the designation.

Tim Boxer: Global Anti-Semitism Flourishing

06/19/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

As a child Hannah Rosenthal was quite aware of the Holocaust. It was a household word. Other families had large gatherings with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. You could count her family reunions on one hand.

That’s because 72 years ago, during Kristalnacht, her father, Rabbi Franz Rosenthal, and many of his congregants were sent to Buchenwald. Every other person in his family perished in Auschwitz. He alone survived.

He never knew the date his parents died so he’d say kaddish on their birthdays.

State Department’s Hannah Rosenthal and niece Faye Zemel at U.S. Holocaust Memorial benefit. Photo by Tim Boxer

State Department Condemns West Bank Mosque Torching

06/10/2011

 (JTA) -- The United States condemned the torching of a West Bank mosque.

"This attack is the latest of several such acts of violence against West Bank mosques. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department.

State ‘Disturbed’ by Reports of Mughrabi Square Naming After Terrorist

03/16/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The State Department called "disturbing" reports that Palestinian Authority officials attended the renaming of a square after a terrorist, saying it condemned such commemorations.

"We are very disturbed by these reports and are seeking clarification from the Palestinian Authority," a State Department official told JTA. "We condemn any commemoration of acts of terrorism and underscore that all parties have an obligation to end incitement."

Cuba Announces Trial Date for Alan Gross

02/25/2011

(JTA) -- U.S. government contractor Alan Gross, whom the State Department says was in Cuba to assist Cuban Jews, will go on trial in Cuba next month on charges of acts against the state.

Gross was charged in Cuba on Feb. 4 with "acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the state," a charge that carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.  U.S. officials will attend the trial, which likely will be in front of a panel of judges, Reuters reported. The trial is expected to last a couple of days.

Obama Taps Rudman, Grossman for Key Diplomatic Posts

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration has tapped veteran Jewish diplomats Mara Rudman and Marc Grossman for senior posts.

President Obama said Wednesday that he is nominating Rudman to the top State Department post administering assistance to the Middle East through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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