'Son of Hamas' to be Granted U.S. Asylum

06/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The United States has dropped deportation proceedings against the son of a Hamas founder who served as a spy for Israel's Shin Bet security service.

Mosab Hassan Yousef will be granted asylum in the United States following a routine background check, an immigration judge ruled Wednesday during a deportation hearing in San Diego, Calif. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney said during the short hearing that the government was dropping its objections to the asylum request.

Yousef, 32, a convert to Christianity, has lived in the United States since 2007.

In Letter, Farrakhan Accuses Jews of Hurting Blacks

06/29/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Minister Louis Farrakhan, in a letter addressed to U.S. Jewish organizations, accused Jews of hurting blacks and called for dialogue to "repair" the damage.

The Nation of Islam leader sent the letter, as well as a two-volume copy of "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews" by the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team, which he said proves "an undeniable record of Jewish Anti-Black behavior," the Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon.

Settlement Freeze, Iran, Peace Talks to Headline Vital Obama-Bibi Meeting

06/29/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The joke making the rounds in Jerusalem ahead of next week's Netanyahu-Obama summit: Time to bone up on geology.

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, told reporters this week that he was misheard when he was quoted as telling Israeli diplomats that a "tectonic rift" was emerging between Israel and the United States. The Israelis didn't get it, said the U.S.-born Oren: He meant there was a "tectonic shift."

Shalit Family, Supporters Begin Cross-Israel March

06/28/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The family of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and thousands of supporters began a protest march to mark the four years of his captivity.

Under the slogan "Gilad is still alive," at least 2,000 supporters on Sunday joined Shalit's family on a march from northern Israel to Jerusalem, a 120-mile walk that is expected to take about 12 days. The march, which left from the family's home in Mitzpe Hila near the Lebanese border, will make stops in sites significant to the family.

Engel slams Chavez for Calling Israel 'Genocidal'

06/28/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Latin American subcommittee slammed Venezuela's president for calling Israel a "genocidal" state.

Hugo Chavez, this week hosting Syrian president Bashar Assad, described their countries as having "common enemies": "The Yankee empire, the genocidal state of Israel."

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said Chavez needed to distract attention from his own problems.

With BP’s Spill in Mind, Israel Considers Delivery of Natural Gas

06/27/2010 - 20:00

TEL AVIV (JTA) – More than a year after a massive natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea off the Israeli coast sparked hopes in Israel of a new era of energy independence, the project is running into concerns about how the gas can be delivered safely.

The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised concerns in Israel about processing the gas and its delivery within the country.

New Zealand Jews Plan to Fight for Kosher Slaughter

06/27/2010 - 20:00

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Barring a last-minute policy reversal, Jewish leaders in New Zealand appear certain to launch legal action against the government over its controversial new law banning kosher slaughter.

Israeli Foreign Ministry employees stage slowdown, could affect Netanyahu's U.S. visit

06/27/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Foreign Ministry employees have stopped making arrangements for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington next month.

The action is part of a partial strike to achieve better wages for Israeli diplomats, Haaretz reported Monday.

U.S. House Unanimously Calls for Shalit’s Release

06/24/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously called for the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his capture by Hamas.

The bill passed Thursday, initiated by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), demands that "Hamas immediately and unconditionally release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit" and that the terrorist group allows "prompt access to the Israeli captives by competent medical personnel and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross."

Congress Passes New Iran Sanctions

06/23/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Congress overwhelmingly passed expansive new Iran sanctions.

The sanctions passed Thursday in both houses: 99-0 in the Senate and 408-8 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and now go to President Obama for signing.

The sanctions expand existing sanctions targeting investment in Iran's energy sector to encompass trade with the energy escort and business with the banking sector.

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