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Poll: More Than Half of Jewish Israelis Want Arabs Out

11/29/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Some 53 percent of Israel's Jewish population believes that the state can encourage Arabs to leave the country, a new poll found.

The Israel Democracy Institute's 2010 poll released Tuesday also found that 86 percent of the Jewish public, constituting 76 percent of the total public, believes that critical decisions for the state should be made by the Jewish majority.

White House Raps Palestinian Position on Western Wall

11/29/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — The Obama administration condemned a Palestinian Authority paper that denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall.

Jerrold Nadler on Steve Solarz: Son Of Brooklyn, Foreign Affairs Expert

Remembering Rep. Stephen J. Solarz.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, who died Monday night  at the age of 70 after a long battle with esophogeal cancer, was an outstanding public servant. Steve served the people of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1992 with distinction, boundless energy, great intellect, and a true passion to pursue justice.

Stephen Solarz: “True passion to pursue justice.”

The Best Jewish Apps Of 2010

From tehillim to kosher restaurants, from kaparot to recipes, our tech guru picks the top 33 applications.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As more Jewish people acquire the latest in handheld technology – think iPhones, iPads, Android-powered smartphones, BlackBerrys and tablet PCs — there will be more Jewish-themed applications available for download.

Some of these apps will be utilities for checking the Hebrew date or learning about the weekly Torah portion. Other apps will be novelties like making shofar sounds for Rosh HaShanah and grogger sounds on Purim. With many Jewish developers around the world, you can be certain there will be no dearth of Jewish apps in the coming year.

The Tanach for All app: The whole Bible on your iPhone.

Hate Crimes Probe In Williamsburg Beating

Assailants said ‘We Hate You,’ chasidic victim reports.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Williamsburg’s chasidic volunteer patrol has increased its presence in an industrial area near the spot where a 26-year-old yeshiva teacher was seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night beating. Police are investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.

Isaac Abraham, above, says the victim is recuperating. Councilman Steve Levin says “people are demanding answers.”

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.

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