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In Deposition, Porn Claims Made, AIPAC Officials Acknowledge No Policy on Classified Info

11/17/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- AIPAC officials acknowledged in depositions that the organization only recently adopted a stated policy forbidding the receipt of classified information. The depositions also produced claims regarding the viewing of pornographic materials on office computers.

The depositions are part of a brief filed earlier this month in the District of Columbia Superior Court by lawyers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit by Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy chief.

Game Changer In The Wings?

Incentives package to Israel has analysts wondering what–if anything– is up U.S.’s sleeve.

11/16/2010
Washington Correspondent

 

Washington Post columnist Glenn Kessler called it a “triumph of hope over experience,” but experienced Middle East hands are wondering if the Obama administration might have a trick or two up its sleeve as it appears on the verge of winning a 90-day, non-renewable settlement construction moratorium in return for a glittery package of incentives to Israel.

 

Marking Rabin’s Assassination

Beck Under Fire for Soros Comments

11/16/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck spent spent several days taking aim at billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros, but so far -- at least within Jewish circles -- the barrage appears to be backfiring.

Obama Remark Misinterpreted, Cantor Spokesman Says

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's promise that the new GOP majority will "serve as a check" on the Obama administration was "not in relation to U.S.-Israel relations," his spokesman said.

Brad Dayspring told The Washington Post Monday that the comment last week by Cantor (R-Va.), the putative leader of the House of Representatives, to visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been misinterpreted to refer to Israel.

Joint Congressional Letter Questions Saudi Arms Deal

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- A joint congressional letter raising concerns and asking questions about a proposed $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia was delivered to Obama administration officials.

The bipartisan letter, signed by 198 U.S. lawmakers, was delivered Nov. 12 to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Foreign Policy magazine reported.

The letter was coordinated jointly by outgoing House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and incoming chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), according to the report.

N.Y. Rabbis Pull Out of Muslim-Jewish Twinning Project

11/15/2010

(JTA) -- Two rabbis in western New York have pulled out of a Muslim-Jewish outreach effort, charging that the national sponsor is involved in Islamic fundamentalism.

The "twinning" project, which has been held each November since 2008, is a project of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in cooperation with the Islamic Society of North America.

The ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.

Nazis Found ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says

11/14/2010

(JTA) -- American intelligence officials created a "safe haven" for Nazis in the United States after World War II, a secret U.S. Justice Department report said.

The 600-page report that the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years was obtained by the New York Times, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Rep.-Elect West Withdraws Job Offer to Jewish Host Who Called Pelosi 'Garbage'

11/12/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Newly elected Florida Rep. Allen West withdrew a job offer to a Jewish talk show host who called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "garbage" and said Jewish Democrats "don't embrace being Jewish."

West, who in the Nov. 2 elections ousted incumbent Ron Klein, a Democrat, from his Broward and Palm Beach counties area district, issued a statement Thursday expressing his "deep regret" that Joyce Kaufman would not work for him as his chief of staff.

Communal Ties Lacking for Young Jewish Professionals, Study Shows

11/10/2010

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- A new survey shows that younger Jewish professionals are less committed to the Jewish collective than their elders.

The results of the survey of about 2,500 self-identified Jewish community professionals were released this week in New Orleans at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

For Jewish Federations, Decline in Donors Dwarfs Recession Woes

11/09/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

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