Netanyahu, Biden to Meet in New Orleans

10/30/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in the United States with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that he will discuss with Biden and other senior administration figures "a series of issues, including – of course – the resumption of the diplomatic process in order to reach a peace agreement with security for the future of the State of Israel."

Yemeni Woman Arrested in Foiled Chicago Parcel Bomb Attack

10/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Security forces in Yemen arrested a university student suspected of mailing two bombs to synagogues in Chicago.

The woman has been identified as Hanan Al-Samawi, 22, an engineering student at Sana’a University. Her mother, 45, was also arrested, according to reports.

Jewish Communities On High Terror Alert

10/28/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. law enforcement has warned Jewish institutions to be on the lookout for packages mailed from overseas after suspicous packages were intercepted abroad incoming cargo aircraft.

President Barack Obama announded late Friday that "a credible threat against our country" was found in form of explosive materials on flights that landed in Philadelphia from Paris and Cologne, Germany as well as one that laned in Newark. A third jet was diverted to New York on suspicion of carrying dangerous packages.

Anthony Weiner Challenger Claims Race Is Close

10/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Bob Turner, the Republican who wants to unseat Rep. Anthony Weiner, says his poll of 4,702 people in the district, which includes Flatbush and Park Slope in Brooklyn and Forest Hills, the Rockaways and other areas in Queens, shows less than a five-point difference between the two, 52.3 for the six-term congressman to 47.7 for the upstart, when the numbers are weighted to reflect actual party registration in the 9th District.

Video: Interviews with Candidates for Attorney General

10/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish Week’s MetroPolitics video blog caught up with both candidates in the race for attorney general, the most competitive election on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

For the interview with Democratic State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, click here:

For the interview with Republican Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donavan, click here:


Rubashkin Loses Bid for New Trial

10/27/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A federal judge denied a motion for a new trial for former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday rejected a motion that accused her of a conflict of interest in Rubashkin's case. The defense for Rubashkin, a vice president with the kosher meatpacking firm in Iowa, claimed Reade should have recused herself.

Challenger: Nadler Not Pro-Israel

10/26/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican Susan Kone, who hopes to unseat Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler next week, says the congressman has been too silent about President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies.

“Absurd,” says Nadler’s campaign.

Plenty of Jews On Board With California’s Bid to Legalize Marijuana

10/26/2010 - 20:00

OAKLAND, Calif. (JTA) -- Ed Rosenthal has been working to legalize marijuana in California since he moved to the state in 1972.

Vindication may finally be at hand for the Bronx-born former yippie.

On Nov. 2, California voters will consider Proposition 19, a ballot initiative to legalize the cultivation and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, and empower local governments to regulate and tax its sale.

Cantor Could Help GOP Take the House, But Can He Win Over the Jews?

10/26/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Eric Cantor has spent a lifetime relishing in wearing the other hat.

Among Jews, the Republican congressional whip from Richmond, Va., likes to play the genteel Southern conservative, the posture that won over his wife, a socially liberal banker from New York.

Among southerners, he’s the nice Jewish boy who belongs to an Orthodox synagogue and graduated from Columbia Law School, but who has an easy familiarity with NASCAR, country music and evangelical beliefs.

Palestinian Unilateral Statehood Gambit Puts Israel Against Wall

10/26/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) – With talks at a stalemate and no agreement from the Israelis to reinstate a settlement freeze, the Palestinians are playing a new card: an end game to statehood through an appeal to the international community.

The card hasn’t actually been played, but the mere threat that the Palestinians would push for international recognition of a state from the United Nations has been enough to push the Israeli government to reconsider options to return to the negotiating table.

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