International

U.S. Invites Israel, Palestinians to Direct Talks

08/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct peace talks next month, though the parameters remain vague.

"On behalf of the United States government I've invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet on Sept. 2 to resolve all final status issues which we believe can be completed within one year," Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, said in a conference call on Friday.

JDC to Help Pakistani Flood Victims

08/20/2010

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.

JDC is collecting funds to provide Pakistani flood victims with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities.

Flooding began about three weeks ago and has affected more than 170 million people, according to the Associated Press.

U.S.: Direct Israeli-Palestinian Talks 'Very Close'

08/20/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are "very, very close," a U.S. State Department spokesman said, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is in constant telephone contact with the leaders.

Sweden’s ‘Complicated’ Jewish Community

08/18/2010

 Paideia (Greek for “education”) was founded in 2000 amid controversy in the Swedish Jewish community, where some resentment still lingers despite the success of the program.

Primary funding came through a major grant from the Swedish government out of a sense of moral guilt for its supply of goods, including iron ore, to the Nazis during World War II, though its official position was one of neutrality.

Additional funding came from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Stockholm’s Great Synagogue: Built in 1870 to resemble an antique Assyrian temple.

Heightened Talk Of Israel Strike On Iran

Next week? Next spring? Concern over whether
U.S. would use force.

08/18/2010

Israel must launch a military attack against Iran within days, according to one expert — months, according to others — if it is to prevent Iran from going nuclear.

Former Ambassador John Bolton: Israel should hit quickly.  Getty Images

Kosher Slaughter Allowed in New Zealand Until Trial

08/09/2010

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A judge in New Zealand has allowed the kosher slaughter of animals to resume until the lawsuit filed by the Jewish community against the government comes to trial.

Justice Denis Clifford, of the High Court in Wellington, confirmed Monday an agreement reached between the Jewish community and representatives of the Crown Law Office, which is representing Agriculture Minister David Carter.

Russia Ordered to Return Documents to Chabad

08/05/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A U.S. court ruled that the Russian Federation must return sacred documents to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Last week’s ruling by the Washington, D.C., District Court, which was filed Wednesday, came after over 5 1/2 years of legal proceedings to recover documents seized by the Russian government during World War II.

The Russian government was ordered to hand over the documents to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow or to Chabad officials.

Israelis File $1.2 Billion Suit Against Al Jazeera

07/14/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A group of Israelis has filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit in U.S. federal court against the Al Jazeera news network.

Ninety-one Israeli plaintiffs, civilians who were injured during the monthlong 2006 Second Lebanon War or are relatives of victims, are charging in their suit that the Qatar-based network's war coverage was designed to help Hezbollah. Al Jazeera has offices in New York.

At Obama - Netanyahu Summit, Great Pomp But Questions Lingering

Bibi-Obama meeting high on atmospherics, low on specifics going forward.

07/07/2010
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu staged a diplomatic dance in Washington on Tuesday meant to show the world — and their respective constituencies — that they are still in step.  

But the carefully choreographed atmospherics belied potential difficulties ahead and many unanswered questions, starting with these: will President Barack Obama stick to his stated goal of moving aggressively on the Israeli-Palestinian front despite a plateful of international and domestic political problems?

President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a “make-nice” meeting at the White House  Tuesday. getty images

Young Jewish Innovators Gather in Israel

07/05/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 120 young Jewish innovators have gathered in Israel for a global summit.

The ROI Global Summit for Young Jewish Innovators, which began Sunday and runs four days, has brought together Jewish business and social entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers and artists from all over the world to discuss how to strengthen Jewish education and identity, Jewish arts and culture, environmental responsibility, and tikkun olam, repair of the world.

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