Dutch Parliament Offers Compromise On Kosher Slaughter

06/23/2011 - 20:00

The Dutch Parliament has offered a compromise on a bill that would ban kosher slaughter.

Under the compromise hammered out Wednesday night, ritual slaughter will not be included in a bill that would ban the slaughter of animals in the Netherlands without first stunning them if it can be proved that the ritual method of slaughter does not cause additional suffering.

Under the laws of shechitah, or Jewish ritual slaughter, animals may not be rendered unconscious before slaughter. Muslim law has a similar proscription.

E.M. Broner, Feminist Pioneer and Professor, Dies At 83

06/23/2011 - 20:00

Esther Broner, an author, college professor and pioneer Jewish feminist, died June 21 in Manhattan of multiple organ failure caused by an infection. She was 83.

Apple Removes Intifada App From Online Store

06/22/2011 - 20:00

Computer and mobile-device giant Apple has removed an anti-Israel application from its download offerings after complaints by an Israeli minister and several Jewish organizations.

The ThirdIntifada application, available for free download from the Apple App Store, updates users on anti-Israel protests or allows them to organize their own. It also features anti-Israel articles and photos of terrorists who have attacked Israel or Israelis.

Yelena Bonner, Human Rights Activist, Dies At 88

06/21/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Yelena Bonner, human rights activist in the former Soviet Union and widow Nobel Prize-winning Andrei Sakharov, died in Boston on June 18 at 88.

Daughter of an Armenian Bolshevik revolutionary father and Jewish mother, she spoke frequently in favor or Israel and against anti-Semitism.

Israel Asks Apple Inc. to Remove ‘Third Intifada’ App

06/21/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's government has asked Apple Inc. to remove an application called "ThirdIntifada," which encourages uprising against Israel, from its App Store

Israel's Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, made the request Tuesday in a letter sent to Apple founder and chief executive officer Steve Jobs.

Obama to Jewish Donors: Israel and the U.S. Need ‘Fresh Eyes’

06/20/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told Jewish donors to his reelection campaign that Israel and the United States must assess the new Middle East with "fresh eyes."

Yale to Launch New Anti-Semitism Program

06/19/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Yale University is launching a new program for the study of anti-Semitism, the school's provost said in a statement.

Monday's announcement by Peter Salovey of the creation of the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism comes less than three weeks after the university said the Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism would be disbanded at the end of the summer for failing to promote sufficient research and instruction opportunities.

Dan Diker Named WJC Secretary General

06/19/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The World Jewish Congress has confirmed the appointment of Dan Diker as the organization's secretary general.

Diker's appointment was approved in Jerusalem Monday during a meeting of the Governing Board of the World Jewish Congress, the umbrella organization of 92 Jewish communities throughout the world. The meeting marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the organization.

Diker replaces Michael Schneider, who has served in the position for the past four years.

Israel to Request Pollard Leave to Attend Father’s Funeral

06/18/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Israel will officially request that the Obama administration give convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard leave from prison to attend his father's funeral.

Morris Pollard, 95, died June 18 in Indiana after complications from a bladder infection. His funeral is scheduled for Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government would submit the request. Pollard supporters planned to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday urging Obama to accede to the request.

Citing Distraction, Weiner Quits Congress

06/15/2011 - 20:00

Acknowledging that his conduct had become too much of a distraction for him to be effective, Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from office in the wake of a scandal in which he lied about sexually explicit exchanges on social media outlets.

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