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Israel: ‘No Damage’ From WikiLeaks

Fears on Iran confirmed, but harm to U.S. prestige could have long-term effects.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Before WikiLeaks’ release of several hundred U.S. diplomatic cables, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed expectations of embarrassment for Israel by predicting that the surprising revelations would come elsewhere in the Middle East.

“There’s a gap between what people say in private and in public. In the state of Israel the gaps aren’t that big, and in other countries in the region, the gaps are very, very big.”

Within hours, Netanyahu was proved correct.

Partial Victory in New Zealand in Fight Over Shechitah Ban

11/29/2010 - 19:00
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand's agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand.

The reversal marked only a partial victory for the Jewish community: While the ban on kosher slaughter of poultry was suspended and a deal on kosher lamb is still being negotiated, the ban on beef is expected to remain in place. That means kosher beef will have to be imported from Australia.

Abusive Rabbi Convicted in Jerusalem

11/29/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A self-proclaimed rabbi who counseled his followers to commit horrific acts of child abuse was convicted of abusing several children who lived with him.

Elior Chen was convicted by Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday for abusing the eight children of the woman with whom he lived, a follower whose husband had given her over to the charismatic leader, according to reports. The conviction follows the sentencing of four of his followers to up to 20 years in prison each on similar charges.

Leaked Document: Netanyahu Supported Land Swaps

11/29/2010 - 19:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States in early 2009 that he supported land swaps in a peace agreement with the Palestinians, a leaked document shows.

Netanyahu also said in the meeting with a delegation of U.S. officials in Israel two weeks after Israel's last national election that Israel does not want to control Gaza and the West Bank, according to a WikiLeaks cable released on Monday.

Princeton Hummus Vote Seen as Part of BDS Drive

11/28/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Princeton students are voting on whether to ask the university's dining services to provide an alternative brand of hummus.

The campaign to allow other brands besides Sabra in university stores reportedly is the brainchild of Philly BDS, which calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against companies that support the Israel Defense Forces.

Sabra is half-owned by The Strauss Group, which has publicly supported the IDF and provides care packages and sports equipment to Israeli soldiers.

Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists

11/28/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Iran has accused Israel of attacks on two of the country's nuclear scientists.

One Iranian senior nuclear scientist was killed and another injured Monday in two separate attacks in Tehran. The government of Iran immediately blamed the CIA and the Mossad for the bombing attacks, which reportedly were carried out by men on motorcycles.

Iranian state television blamed "Zionist agents," according to reports.

WikiLeaks Documents Release Not a Problem for Israel, Netanyahu Says

11/28/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The secret documents released by WikiLeaks will not negatively affect Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli leaders can feel comfortable with what has been revealed in the first batch of documents made public on Sunday because there is very little difference between what it said in private discussions with United States leaders and what it told its citizens.

German Jews Elect First Leader Born After Holocaust

11/27/2010 - 19:00

BERLIN (JTA) -- For the first time, Jews in Germany have elected a representative, Dieter Graumann, born after the Holocaust.

The board of the Central Council of Jews in Germany unanimously elected Graumann, 60, to head the 60-year-old organization, at its meeting Sunday in Frankfurt.

Graumann, born to Holocaust survivors in Israel, succeeds Munich native Charlotte Knobloch, 78, who decided not to run again after four years in office.

U.S. Briefed Israel Before WikiLeaks Documents Release

11/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel was briefed by the United States about classified files that were later released by WikiLeaks.

The United States briefed several of its allies on the documents over the weekend. Israel already had been told by the U.S. last week that it could be mentioned in the release of classified U.S. documents.

The WikiLeaks website publishes classified documents from anonymous sources and leaks. It released about 250,000 secret diplomatic cables on Sunday.

Canada to Boycott Durban III

11/27/2010 - 19:00

TORONTO (JTA)-- Canada is boycotting the third U.N. "Durban conference" against racism, citing the charged anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric at its predecessors.

The conference is slated to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 meeting in South Africa aimed at defeating xenophobia and racism. Canada and several other countries walked out of that meeting after Iran and several other countries engaged in Israel-bashing.

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