Israeli Officials Speak of ‘Phased’ Jordan Valley Presence

10/14/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's presence in the Jordan Valley under a peace agreement would be "phased," Israel's U.S. ambassador told an audience of Muslim and Arab Americans.

Michael Oren at a dinner arranged by the Center for Middle East Peace said Wednesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "stated his commitment to continuing a phased Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley."

"We understand that this may conflict with the search for dignity on the part of the Palestinians. That is why we stress the word phased," he said.

European Jews Facing Anti-Semitic Onslaught, Kantor Says

10/13/2010 - 20:00

BERLIN (JTA) -- European leaders must intervene to save small Jewish communities from an anti-Semitic onslaught, the head of the European Jewish Congress said.

In a statement issued Thursday, Moshe Kantor said European Jewish communities are in "grave danger" from the anti-Semitism, some of it officially sanctioned, as made clear by recent sensational anti-Semitic incidents in Belgium and Sweden.

Jewish Groups Fight Repeal of Clean Energy Law in Calif.

10/13/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A coalition of Jewish organizations in California is waging a campaign against a ballot proposition they say would hurt efforts to wean the United States off foreign oil.

Proposition 23 effectively would repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act, a California law that established a timetable to bring the state in line with environmental standards set in the Kyoto Protocol. While the United States is not party to that treaty, California has sought to go beyond U.S. requirements and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

Yehuda Levin Withdraws Support For Paladino

10/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Upset that Republican Carl Paladino disavowed portions of the speeches he made at two Brooklyn synagogues on Sunday, Rabbi Yehuda Levin on Wednesday withdrew his support for the candidate.

“If he continues on this path, not only can’t I vote for him, but I will call on all religious people to write in ‘morality’ or something like that [on the ballot],” said Rabbi Levin in a phone interview.

J Street Fundraiser For Ackerman

10/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

J Street  founder and executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami  will be in New York tonight to host a fundraiser for three Democrat House members, including Queens/Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman.

Here's a copy of a letter accompanying the invite, forwarded to us by someone who is not a fan of Ackerman or J Street.

Helen Thomas Says Israel Comments Hit ‘Third Rail’

10/12/2010 - 20:00

JTA) -- Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas told an Ohio radio station that she knew her job would not survive her quote telling Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine."

"I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive," Thomas told reporter Scott Spears of WMRN-AM radio in Marion in an interview broadcast Tuesday.

U.S. Sees Israel’s ‘Jewish State' Demand As Legit

10/12/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States sees as legitimate Israel's demand that Palestinians and other Arab states recognize Israel's Jewish character, a State Department spokesman said.

P.J. Crowley was pressed in a briefing Tuesday about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to extend a partial settlement building freeze in exchange for the Palestinian leadership's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

No OU Stamp For Schneiderman

10/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Orthodox Union doesn’t endorse candidates. So you can understand the zeal of OU leaders in getting the word out about what they see as a misleading statement from a supporter of  attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman.

Abraham Fund Speaks Out On Oath

10/12/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The loyalty oath passed this week by the Israeli cabinet, while offensive to Israeli Arabs and many Jewish Israelis, is proving to be an educational boon to groups that work for Israeli Arab equality, an inter-ethnic delegation from Israel said here this week.

Battered By Boycotts

It’s increasingly difficult to escape the Israel debate here. When buying hummus becomes a political act.
10/12/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Back in May, when my 7-year-old daughter suggested we host an Israel-themed birthday party, my immediate reaction was, “Fabulous!”

Skin-care product or occupation enabler?
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