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

08/30/2010 - 20:00

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

08/16/2010 - 20:00

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

08/16/2010 - 20:00

(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

08/16/2010 - 20:00

(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.
08/05/2010 - 20:00
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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)

08/01/2010 - 20:00

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."

Rockets apparently from Sinai strike Eilat

08/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Five rockets suspected to have been fired from Sinai hit Eilat and Aqaba.

A Jordanian man was killed and three people were wounded when one of the rockets hit central Aqaba, a Jordanian Red Sea port city. There were no casualties reported in Eilat, where the rocket struck north of the hotel area.

Israel's military said it was in contact with the Jordanian and Egyptian armies following the incident.

Sendak gives $1 million to N.Y. Jewish agency

08/01/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Children's book author Maurice Sendak has given $1 million to the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services of New York.

Sendak, 82, who wrote the iconic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” gave the money in honor of his life partner, Eugene Glynn, a longtime psychiatrist for the organization.

The money will go toward general operating support, and the organization will name one of its 15 clinics after Glynn, who died in 2007, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Riverdale Orthodox Shul To Have Woman Lead Kabbalat Shabbat Tonight

07/29/2010 - 20:00

In a move that apparently would make history for an Orthodox synagogue in the United States, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale is scheduled Friday night to have a woman lead a Kabbalat Shabbat service where both men and women are expected to be in the pews.

‘Clinton Parameters’ More Popular Among Israelis, Palestinians

06/30/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Support for the "Clinton parameters" has increased among Israelis and Palestinians, a new poll showed.

Palestinians were split, 49 percent to 49 percent, on accepting the overall parameters; Israelis supported it 52 percent to 38 percent.

The poll, published Tuesday, was conducted among Israelis by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and among Palestinians by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

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