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Jewish Groups Praise Obama on Sudan

10/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Jewish groups praised President Obama for focusing international attention on preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.

Obama appeared late last month at a United Nations conference on the situation in Sudan, putting the U.S. government's weight behind efforts to ensure that independence referendums take place in the sub-Saharan African country as scheduled in January.

Israeli Soldiers Convicted of Using Human Shield

10/02/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA)-- An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza war.

The Israeli soldiers were convicted of inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority on Sunday, for forcing an 11-year-old Palestinian boy to open bags they believed to be armed with explosives during a search conducted in southern Gaza City in January 2009.

It is the first convictions on the use of human shields, which is prohibited by Israeli military protocol, according to Haaretz.

DC Cops Arrest Israeli Reporter on Pot Charges

10/02/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Washington police arrested a veteran correspondent for an Israeli newspaper and her husband on charges of intention to distribute marijuana.

District of Columbia police arrested Orly Azoulay, the Washington correspondent for Yediot Acharonot, Israel's largest print daily, on Saturday morning, Post Now, the Washington Post's breaking news blog, reported.

The East Village ‘Wailing Wall’

11/30/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Surrounded by dustily stocked bookshelves, antique lamps and floral artistic screens, a jazz saxophonist jammed along with his ensemble for a small crowd that straggled in and out of a dimly lit East Village basement this past Monday night. 

No, this wasn’t your ordinary subterranean jazz haunt.

CUFI Gets 133,000 to Urge Ahmadinejad Indictment

09/28/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Christians United for Israel has garnered more than 130,000 signatures on a petition appealing to have Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicted for incitement to genocide.

The petition makes its appeal to the United Nations and the United States. It is to be presented to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

09/28/2010 - 20:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to extend its self-imposed 10-month freeze on settlement building has been portrayed as a slap in the face to the Obama administration, deepening Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and creating more stumbling blocks to a final peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

Week For Mockeries At The UN

Farcical proceedings inside and outside the General Assembly.
09/28/2010 - 20:00

During last week’s gathering of world leaders for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly, some of the proceedings inside were nearly as farcical as the proceedings outside.

Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

09/28/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters marched in Mea Shearim, a day after Israel's Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street.

The demonstrators marched Wednesday in the fervently religious neighborhood of Jerusalem to protest gender separation on public streets of the city.

The court on Tuesday approved the march over Jerusalem police objections, but ordered the route altered so that the march did not end at the central Shabbat Square.

Settlers Caught In Limbo Land

Freeze is over, but West Bank residents fearing new building crackdown.
09/28/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

 Oranit, West Bank — The long-awaited deadline of Israel’s settlement moratorium came and went at midnight Monday. But in this settlement that hugs the Green Line about 12 miles east of Tel Aviv, there was no army of bulldozers to signal a new building wave — at least until Israelis come back from the Sukkot vacation this weekend.

A bulldozer breaks ground Monday on new housing units in settlement of Oranit.  Joshua Mitnick

Messianic Jews Making New Push In Flatbush

Counter-missionaries warn of major center in heart of Orthodox Brooklyn, but residents seem unconcerned.
09/28/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On the 1900 block of Coney Island Avenue, a major business thoroughfare in the heart of Brooklyn’s heavily Orthodox Flatbush neighborhood, you could easily buy some kosher sushi or a few tractates of the Talmud.

Soon, the neighborhood’s residents will also have the opportunity to study the New Testament there and attend Jewish-style worship services that recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Chosen People Ministries’ Flatbush building.
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