Israel

U.S. Report Highlights Israel’s Religious Freedoms Violations

11/16/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Government allocations favoring the Orthodox, extra legal protection to Jewish holy sites and Orthodox hegemony over life-cycle events are among Israel's religious freedom violations highlighted in a U.S. State Department report.

The Great Israeli Oil Rush

Howard Jonas’ financial dream team–Lord Jacob Rothschild came on board this week–sees Saudi-level potential.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Golda Meir often told the old Jewish joke (though hardly thinking it funny), why did Moses shlep us for 40 years to the one place in the Middle East without oil?

Now, from Golda to black gold, an oil rush is on, with some of the top businessmen in the world betting big money on Israeli oil, and the only laugh may be the last laugh.

Rock of ages: Can Israel turn its shale into energy independence?

A different perspective on the Pollard case

Historian and journalist Gil Troy has some hits and misses in his important Tablet essay on the Jonathan Pollard case and what he believes is a nascent mainstream effort in the Jewish community to win his freedom.

A Jewish Heart for Africa

Aaron Herman reports from a Jewish Heart for Africa program in New York City. Jewish Heart for Africa is a non-profit organization that brings sustainable Israeli technologies to rural African villages.   Project Sol arranges for the financing and installation of solar panels to provide power to schools, medical clinics and water pumping systems.

Seven mild earthquakes hit northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

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.

Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

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

11/14/2010 - 19:00

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

11/14/2010 - 19:00

(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

11/14/2010 - 19:00

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

11/13/2010 - 19:00

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.

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