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NYU Apologizes for Yom Kippur E-mail

09/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- New York University's Office of Public Affairs apologized to students and staff for sending a mass e-mail on Yom Kippur.

In an e-mail sent to the university community, the office apologized for sending out the university president's academic year report on Friday evening, Sept. 17, the NYU Washington Square News reported Monday.

The report was supposed to be sent during the day on Friday, but as delayed due to technical problems, the letter said.

Olmert: U.S. Offered to Absorb 100,000 Palestinians

09/19/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush offered to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees if Israel and the Palestinians reached a peace deal, Ehud Olmert said.

The former Israeli prime minister, speaking to the Geneva Initiative conference in Tel Aviv Sunday night, said that Israel had agreed to absorb a symbolic amount of Palestinian refugees, a number he said to be fewer than 20,000.

Melvyn Weiss’ Quest For Redemption

Disbarred class-action king, after jail stint, wants his good name back. Will society give it to him? A Yom Kippur story.
09/16/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Melvyn Weiss is a busy man these days. He’s active with the Israel Policy Forum and regularly attends the pro-peace process group’s meetings. He’s trying to help kids in earthquake-plagued Haiti express themselves artistically. And he’s hosting a benefit Sunday at his Oyster Bay home for the Aleph Institute, which provides Jewish and social services for prisoners and military personnel.

New Israel Fund: Grantees Must Not Actively Oppose Israel’s Jewish Character

09/15/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Groups that work to "deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel" will not be eligible for New Israel Fund moneys.

In new guidelines issued to JTA on Thursday, the progressive pro-Israel olutfit, which has come under fire for funding groups that are sharply critical of Israel and that have promoted a binational state instead of a Jewish one, reiterated its well known principles upholding minority rights and promoting equal rights for all.

Tough-Talking Paladino Seen Solidifying Democrats’ Base

Buffalo millionaire, Republican gubernatorial nominee, not likely to put together winning coalition in state, experts say.
09/15/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The upset victory of Buffalo developer and Tea Party activist Carl Paladino in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor over Rick Lazio is likely to solidify the Democrats’ most crucial voting blocs — including Jews — and drive most independents into the Democrats’ camp as well in November’s election, observers say.

GOP nominee Carl Paladino

Rendell Cuts Off Israeli-American Security Firm

09/15/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell terminated a contract with an Israeli-American agency that tracked peaceful protests and reported them as potential terrorist threats.

Rendell said Tuesday that he was "deeply embarrassed" by revelations of a $125,000 contract with the Philadelphia-based Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

The state's Office of Homeland Security contracted the institute to track threats, and then relayed its reports to a large number of law enforcement and private groups.

Israel Purchases @israel Twitter User Name

09/15/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel purchased the Twitter user name @israel from the owner of a pornographic website.

Israel reportedly purchased the user name earlier this month from Israel Melendez, who chose it in 2007, when the Twitter micro blogging Internet service was first getting started, the New York Times reported.

Melendez told the Times he does not use the name because every time he posted using it he got a flood of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments from Twitter users who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel.

Referendum Vote In Turkey Fuels Uneasiness In Israel

Will Erdogan's victory lead to further strain in relations following flotilla incident, or is it an opportunity?
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

 Tel Aviv - A resounding victory at the polls Sunday for Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's referendum to remake the country's constitution and weaken the secular forces in government has spurred Israeli uneasiness about deteriorating ties with an important regional ally.

Though the referendum was about advancing civil liberties in Turkey and weakening the influence of the secular army, the wider-than-expected margin of victory was also seen as a broad approval of Erdogan's foreign policy shift toward Israel.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

Israel Reportedly OKs U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

09/14/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has privately signed off on a proposed arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, a Washington columnist reported.

At $60 billion, the deal is the most expensive arms deal ever. It will be spread out over five to 10 years.

Syndicated columnist Douglas Bloomfield reported Tuesday that Israel has privately blessed the sale, citing U.S. congressional, Israeli and lobby sources.

Rays Of Optimism On Peace Talks

Real test, analysts say, will come at UN General Assembly session opening.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

There were rays of optimism following Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Tuesday in Egypt, but the real test may come here next week when world leaders gather for the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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