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Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/16/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

Jewish Groups Slam Anti-African Refugee Decrees

11/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Jewish groups condemned rulings by rabbis in the Israeli city Bnei Brak that ban residents from renting apartments to African refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called the decrees issued last week in the haredi Orthodox city "biased pronouncements." Six leading haredi rabbis in Bnei Brak issued a ruling that follows a similar call in July by rabbis in nearby Tel Aviv.

Joint Congressional Letter Questions Saudi Arms Deal

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- A joint congressional letter raising concerns and asking questions about a proposed $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia was delivered to Obama administration officials.

The bipartisan letter, signed by 198 U.S. lawmakers, was delivered Nov. 12 to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Foreign Policy magazine reported.

The letter was coordinated jointly by outgoing House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and incoming chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), according to the report.

Supermodel Bar Refaeli and Leonardo DiCaprio Return to Israel

11/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her boyfriend, popular American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, arrived in Israel for a vacation.

The couple was placed under heavy security upon their arrival Sunday, according to reports. They were accompanied by DiCaprio's mother, Irmelin and actor Kevin Connolly of "Entourage." They arrived in Israel after visiting Jordan and Egypt as part of celebrations for DiCaprio's 36th birthday, according to reports.

Netanyahu Updates Cabinet on U.S. Settlement Freeze Proposal

11/14/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its regular meeting. Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday in New York for seven hours.

How Not To Cover Hasids: Or, Why We Love Stories about Black Celebrity Jews

In the journalism trade, there is dependable genre we call the "quirky" story.  Editors love them because our readers do: they offer a churlish delight in the abnormal, the strange, the off-beat.  For the most part, they're harmless, fun throw-away stuff that lend a respite from the otherwise moribund front-page fare.

Sharon Moved to Ranch First Time Since Coma

11/12/2010
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(JTA) -- Ariel Sharon was moved to his ranch for the first time since he fell into a coma in January 2006.

The former Israeli prime minister will spend the weekend at the ranch in the Negev desert, aides said of his move Friday.

Next week, he will return to the Tel Aviv hospital where he has been since he suffered a massive stroke while prime minister.

He will return to the ranchion coming weekends to test the possibility of moving back to his home permanently

U.S. to store more weapons in Israel

11/11/2010

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

In Indonesia, Where Israelis Can't Enter, Obama Tells Jews Where They Can't Live

In Democratic circles, it is scandalous to join a club that excludes women, say, or blacks or gays. The New York Times, a few years ago, devoted dozens of articles, many on the front page, to the horror of the Master's Tournament being held in a golf club for men only, in Augusta, Georgia.

Window Closing on Peace, Kerry Says in Israel

11/10/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Though there are "real opportunities" for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, the window is closing, U.S. Sen. John Kerry warned.

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