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Canada Denies Arresting Dubai Murder Suspect

10/20/2010

(JTA) -- Canadian police officials have denied arresting a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai.

The denial, published Wednesday in Canada's national daily The Globe and Mail, comes a day after Dubai's police chief told several news outlets that a Canadian security official told him that an arrest had been made over the summer in the January murder of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room.

ADL List Fuels Debate Over What’s Anti-Israel

Inclusion of Jewish Voice for Peace comes amid rising delegitimization fears.

10/20/2010
Washington Correspondent

 The Anti-Defamation League’s new list of “The Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups” — which includes a left-of-center Jewish organization that claims to be tapping a growing body of disaffiliated younger Jews — could intensify the debate over exactly what it means to be an enemy of the Jewish state.

Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson: “Perversely pleased” about making ADL list.

New Mumbai Chabad House to Memorialize Holtzbergs

10/19/2010

(JTA) -- Tentative plans for a new Chabad House in Mumbai feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city.

The plans for the new Nariman House, on the site of the previous Chabad House, are pending consultations with security experts, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Chabad organization.

For security reasons, the Chabad House in Mumbai has been operating since the attacks from an undisclosed location under the direction of the new permanent Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries there, Rabbi Chanoch and Leah Gechtman.

Dubai Slaying Suspect Arrested in Canada

10/19/2010

(JTA) -- A suspect in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai reportedly was arrested in Canada.

The suspect in the January murder of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room was not named, nor was any other information given to Dubai police, Reuters reported Tuesday.

A Canadian official will come to Dubai to debrief Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim, who is heading the investigation, according to the news service.

European Jews Facing Anti-Semitic Onslaught, Kantor Says

10/14/2010

BERLIN (JTA) -- European leaders must intervene to save small Jewish communities from an anti-Semitic onslaught, the head of the European Jewish Congress said.

In a statement issued Thursday, Moshe Kantor said European Jewish communities are in "grave danger" from the anti-Semitism, some of it officially sanctioned, as made clear by recent sensational anti-Semitic incidents in Belgium and Sweden.

U.S. Sees Israel’s ‘Jewish State' Demand As Legit

10/13/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States sees as legitimate Israel's demand that Palestinians and other Arab states recognize Israel's Jewish character, a State Department spokesman said.

P.J. Crowley was pressed in a briefing Tuesday about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to extend a partial settlement building freeze in exchange for the Palestinian leadership's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Pink Floyd Bassist Roger Waters Changes Concert Video After ADL Raises Concerns

10/10/2010

(JTA) -- Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters reportedly changed one of the videos he uses in his new "The Wall" tour after claims it was anti-Semitic.

The ADL had slammed Waters last week for using what it said was anti-Semitic imagery during performances of "Goodbye Blue Sky," which targets Israel's West Bank security fence.

An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David, dollar signs, a crucifix, a hammer and sickle, a crescent and star, a Mercedes sign and a Shell Oil sign.

For Netanyahu to Accept New Settlement Freeze, U.S. Might Have to Sweeten Deal

10/05/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Following reports of an unprecedented U.S. offer of a host of assurances in return for a 60-day extension of the freeze on building in West Bank settlements, some political analysts are wondering why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not grabbed the deal with both hands.

According to the reports, President Obama is offering Netanyahu pledges that the United States will:

* Not ask for additional extensions on the partial ban on settlement building, which expired Sept. 26;

J Street Reeling After Soros Money Revelation

Extent of damage for lobby on Hill unclear; ‘huge setback,’ says expert.

09/29/2010
Washington Correspondent

Since it was formed, J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee, has fought for credibility in the face of charges from the right that it is anti-Israel. This week it was reeling after revelations in the Washington Times that the group has received substantial contributions from controversial financier George Soros — despite two years of denials.

Early indications suggest J Street’s membership base is holding fast, but there were reports that some members of Congress connected with the group may be reconsidering their affiliation.

George Soros contributed $750,000 to J Street over a three-year period. The group had repeatedly denied the contributions.

U.S. Was Behind 9/11 Attacks, Ahmadinejad Tells U.N.

09/25/2010

(JTA) -- The United States arranged the 9/11 attacks "to save the Zionist regime," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly.

After suggesting that U.S. officials at the highest levels were complicit in the 9/11 attacks, he called on the United Nations to establish "an independent fact-finding group" to investigate the attacks. The U.S. delegation walked out of Ahmadinejad's speech Thursday at the United Nations, as did all 27 European Union delegations, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Costa Rica, according to reports.

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