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Obama taps Shapiro for U.S. envoy to Israel

03/10/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama nominated Daniel Shapiro to be the United States ambassador to Israel, signaling an intensification of U.S. involvement in the region.

Obama made the formal announcement on Wednesday; it had been rumored for weeks.

Shapiro, currently the top National Security Council official handling Israel and the region, would replace James Cunningham.

Shapiro, 41, is active in the Washington D.C. Jewish community and he would be the first Jewish ambassador to Israel since Daniel Kurtzer, who served from 2001 to 2005.

At Berkeley campus, Jewish students from left to right on Israel talk about their motivations

03/08/2011

 BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA) -- It’s March, which means the days get longer and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heats up on campuses across North America with the annual staging of Israel Apartheid Week.

Kissinger calls for Pollard clemency

03/08/2011

(JTA) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

Kissinger sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard's sentence to time served.

Pollard was a U.S. Navy analyst when he passed classified information to Israel. He has been in prison since 1985.

40 dead as northern Israel burns

At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.

12/02/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.

The fire, which broke out Thursday morning in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, has destroyed thousands of acres of natural forest. Winds and dry conditions helped to send the fire out of control.

On Eve of Washington Talks: Barak, Abbas Hold Secret Meeting

08/31/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of peace talks.

Barak met with Abbas Sunday night in Amman, Israeli media reported, hours after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah at his palace. Barak reportedly returned to Israel to brief Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu between the meetings.

Harvard says it’s not divesting from Israel

08/17/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.

Israeli army slams ex-soldier for Facebook photos

08/17/2010

(JTA) - A former Israeli soldier is being criticized for posting Facebook photos of herself with Palestinian prisoners.

Eden Aberjil put the pictures in an online album on her Facebook page called “The army: the best days of my life,” according to a BBC report.

In one photo widely circulating on the Internet, Aberjil is smiling in the foreground while three blindfolded Palestinian prisoners sit behind her.

Shots fired from Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

08/17/2010

(JTA) - Shots reportedly were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.

The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.

Wiesenthal Center Opposes Ground Zero Mosque

As tolerance center opens, director says Islamic center should be built away from 9-11 site.

08/06/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The latest Jewish organization to weigh in on the Ground Zero mosque controversy is opposed to the project, siding with the Anti-Defamation League in what had been a lonely stand against the proposed $100 million Cordoba House on Park Place.

ADL, AJC Weigh In On Ground Zero Mosque (Updated)

08/02/2010

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement Friday against the building of a mosque near the World Trade Center memorial site. And on Monday, the American Jewish Committee entered the fray as well, saying the Cordoba Initiative's $100 million cultural center on Park Place "has “has a right to be built.” But the organization urged the founders of the center to "urgently address concerns about funding and support for terrorism."

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