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EU Parliament Certifies Israeli Pharmaceuticals

Israeli pharmaceutical standards equal Europe's, can be marketed there without further control.

10/24/2012

The European Parliament voted in favor of simplifying the sale of Israeli pharmaceuticals within the European Union.

With Tuesday's vote in Strasbourg, France, the parliament approved “a very important technical-commercial agreement,” Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told JTA in an email.

Jerusalem-based Teva is the world's largest manufacturer of generic drugs. Getty Images

Report: iPhone 5 Selling In Gaza At Almost Double Price

10/16/2012

 

A pricey version of the latest iPhone from Apple is on sale in Gaza despite Palestinians’ professed poverty due to an Israeli and Egyptian partial blockade of the territory.

Meanwhile, Israelis looking to get their hands on Apple’s latest technology without traveling to Gaza will have to wait until December, when Israel’s mobile carriers will start selling the iPhone5.

U.S. Reiterates Opposition To "Israeli Settlement Activity"

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice also rejects new bid to upgrade Palestinians' status at the UN.

10/16/2012

During a speech at the United Nations Security Council’s Open Debate on the Middle East, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice outlined the Obama administration’s stance on key Middle East issues including Israeli building in the West Bank, peace efforts and the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Rice emphasized that the U.S. “does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize outposts.”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice. State Department

New Toronto Jewish Campus Sign Of Booming Community

The Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus is 200,000 square feet spread across 50 acres.

10/16/2012

Standing in the sprawling new $185 million Jewish community complex just north of Toronto, Taali Lester Tollman sweeps her outstretched arm in a wide arc.

"Just a few years ago," says Tollman, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's vice president of marketing, "all this was pasture."

Actually it was woodland, but no matter. On the space now stands one of the most ambitious Jewish projects ever undertaken in Canada.

Toronto's new Jewish community campus will serve 80,000 Jews, up 33 percent from 2001. Shai Gil Photography

Greek Neo-Nazi party rises as economy sinks

Golden Dawn party faults immigrants for unemployment, blames Jews for Europe's financial problems.

10/16/2012

Tens of thousands of Greek protesters welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to their country Oct. 9 with Nazi uniforms, Hitler salutes and swastika flags, lamenting her new austerity measures amid their floundering economy.

While protesters’ gestures were symbolic, the real threat Nazi ideology poses to Greece comes from within.

The logo of Golden Dawn, Greece's neo-Nazi party. Wikimedia Commons

Slovenia, Estonia announce new shechitah restrictions

European Jewish Parliament writes to Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture

10/10/2012

Slovenia’s National Assembly is set to vote on a proposed ban on all ritual slaughter, which the European Union member country’s government recently submitted for approval.

Estonia, meanwhile, has reportedly imposed new restrictions on its already stringent slaughter policy.

Dr. Igor Vojtic, a member of the executive board of Slovenia's Jewish community, told JTA that the proposed ban came in animal welfare amendments which the government adopted last month.

Will Iranian Nukes Re-Elect Netanyahu?

The Tehran threat could yield political gains for Israel’s PM — or it could blow up his campaign.

10/03/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For weeks the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran threatened to upend the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But now, it looks more likely that Iran will figure prominently in Israel’s elections next year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the cloud of possible war with Iran from the U.S. election when he told the United Nations last week (with the help of his by now famous bomb chart) that it would be take at least until spring 2013 to reach the “red line” for a military attack.

Netanyahu with his UN prop: Red-line diagram could be green light for campaign. Getty Images

If Israel Strikes Iran, How Would U.S. React?

An ‘October Surprise’ could affect the election, upset Washington.

09/04/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Benjamin Netanyahu looking for a way to defuse his public debate over Iran with President Obama, or is he ratcheting up pressure for a U.S. military intervention?

That was the question analysts were grappling with after the Israeli prime minister issued a public call Monday for the U.S. to lay down a clear red line for Iran’s nuclear development that would trigger American military attacks. Such a call, the Israeli prime minister said, would reduce the possibility of conflict.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, top, said the U.S. will not be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.

Munich Tragedy, Security Loom Over Olympics

London Jewish community, on high alert, to remember slain Israelis.

07/17/2012
Staff Writer

Separated by 40 years and 569 miles, the shadow of Munich — and the bloody terrorism that took place in the Bavarian city in 1972 — falls over London this year.

On the eve of the 30th Olympic Games, increased concerns about security, about a commemoration for the 11 Israelis who were murdered in 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich, and about athletes who may refuse to compete against Israelis (all a legacy of the 1972 Games) mark an increasingly politicized Olympic movement.

British security personnel patrol an Olympic site in London. Israeli Olympic team, inset, after terror attack at Munich Games.

Egyptian Election Promises Uncertainty

Ties with U.S., Israel up in the air as runoff pits Mubarak ally and Muslim Brotherhood rival.

05/29/2012

Washington — The Egyptians stunned even themselves in the vote to elect their next president — and observers are warning that the U.S. and Israel should be ready for continued uncertainty in their relations with Egypt.

An Egyptian woman casting her vote in the northern Egyptian city of al-Mahalla. Nehal ElSherif via CC
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