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