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Jewish Groups Oppose Arizona Immigration Law

04/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Three national Jewish groups urged Arizona's governor to veto a bill that would force local authorities to enforce federal immigration law.

Reform Leader Lights Independence Torch in Israel

04/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel included a Reform rabbi for the first time in launching its Independence Day celebrations.

Rabbi Richard Hirsch was one of 14 Israelis asked to help light the torch Monday evening marking the start of Israel's 62nd Independence Day.

The committee naming the honorees, working out of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recognized Hirsch for strengthening ties between the Reform movement and Israel.

Volcanic ash strands 48,000 between Israel, Europe

04/19/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 300 flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport have been cancelled in the wake of a volcano eruption in Iceland.

As of Monday, about 48,000 people travelling between Israel and Europe have been stranded, including at least 20,000 Israelis.

The ash on Monday also for the first time prevented a flight from North America from taking off for Israel, Haaretz reported.

Suspect arrested in California synagogue shooting

04/19/2010

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of two worshipers at a southern California synagogue.

Christopher Littlejohn, 37, was taken into custody April 15 in connection with the early-morning shooting last October in the underground garage of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue in North Hollywood.

A lone gunman shot Maor Ben-Nissan and Allen Lasry in the knees as they arrived for the early minyan.

Oren, J Street Meet

04/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's U.S. ambassador formally met with the director of J Street.

"The conversation, which took place at the Israeli Embassy, lasted approximately one hour and covered a wide range of topics, including the peace process, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Iran," said a statement from the group describing the Thursday afternoon meeting between Ambassador Michael Oren and Jeremy Ben-Ami.

Clinton to P.A.: Talk to Israel

04/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the Palestinian Authority to join negotiations with Israel.

"We strongly urge President Abbas and his government to join negotiations with Israel now," the U.S. Secretary of State said Thursday evening, addressing a Center for Middle East Peace dinner.

Olmert Called Chief Suspect in Holyland Scandal

04/15/2010

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was identified as the chief suspect in a massive real estate scandal that also has led to the arrest of former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Police on Thursday identified Olmert as the senior figure in the Holyland project scandal.

Senate Letter Urging Tensions Tamp-down Gets 76 Signatures

04/14/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate urged the Obama administration not to allow tensions with Israel to harm relations or the prospects of a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Poll: Obama Struggling With Jews, but Not on Israel

04/14/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A new survey shows President Obama struggling with American Jews -- but not on Israel-related matters.

The American Jewish Committee poll of U.S. Jews found that Obama's approval rating is at 57 percent, with 38 percent disapproving. That's down from the stratospheric 79 percent approval rating among Jews that Obama enjoyed about a year ago, in May 2009. The AJC poll was conducted March 2-23 and surveyed 800 self-identifying Jewish respondents selected from a consumer mail panel.

Q: "Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration's handling of the Iran nuclear issue? Image: AJC

Liberal Jewish Groups Optimistic About Stevens’ Replacement

04/14/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Jewish groups who liked John Paul Stevens as a Supreme Court justice are getting ready to dish out the same like to whomever replaces him.

Most of the Jewish groups closely tracking court decisions favor Stevens' liberal record, with minor qualifications, and do not believe that President Obama will choose a replacement who deviates from the norm.

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