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In Washington, Bibi Upbeat On Peace, Firm on Iran

At AIPAC, Netanyahu envisions Israeli-Palestinian cooperation and the dark future of a nuclear Iran.

03/05/2014
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Washington — Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking Tuesday at the AIPAC conference in Washington. Getty Images

Signs Point To Continued Peace Talks

Hamas crackdown, Saudi pressure fuel hopes as Obama calls on Israel to make ‘difficult choices.’

03/05/2014
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The chances that U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will continue beyond next month’s deadline appeared to improve this week, after an Egyptian court banned the activities of Hamas and seized its assets. At the same time, a Saudi billionaire flew to Ramallah to encourage Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make peace.

Factions Clash Over Hillel Israel Policy

Campuses need a haven where students don’t have to defend pro-Israel views, says group backing current guidelines.

03/04/2014
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A backlash against the growing Open Hillel movement has slowly been gaining support, with nearly 400 students backing Hillel International’s ban on partnerships with groups that delegitimize the State of Israel.

Brandeis junior Daniel Mael, left, and Ralph Fils, a BU sophomore. Photos courtesy of Daniel Mael and Ralph Fils.

Israeli Moonshot: The Video Game

Schusterman Family Foundation funds $25K prize for simulation that helps lunar team get off the ground.

03/03/2014
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As a public/private consortium in Israel prepares to send a robot to the moon next year, tech-savvy supporters can win $25,000 for developing the best interactive simulations of the mission.

Artist's conception of the craft SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

Jewish Groups Face Aggressive Cyber Threat, Warns SCN

02/27/2014
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U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

“It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and processes to use in order to be proactive and prevent these incidents,” said an alert Tuesday from the Secure Community Network, an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Study To Look At Ashkenazi Genetic Mutation

02/27/2014
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(JTA) — A study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will investigate a genetic mutation found more often in Ashkenazi Jews.

‘This Is Cantor Trying To Reorient The Party’

After Auschwitz trip, House majority leader warns against dangers of isolationism.

02/26/2014
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Washington — When Rep. Eric Cantor took the stage last week at the Virginia Military Institute to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Auschwitz was on the House majority leader’s mind — and so, observers suggest, was the state of his party.

Rep. Eric Cantor said at the Virginia Military Institute last week. JTA

Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/26/2014
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Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust.

Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/25/2014
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Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust-era issues.

Director, Writer And 'Ghostbuster' Harold Ramis Dead At 69

02/24/2014
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Harold Ramis, an actor, writer and director who had a hand in such iconic comedies as “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died.

Ramis died early Monday morning in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Ramis’ wife, Erica. He was 69.

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