International

Agreement Allows NZ Kosher Slaughter of Poultry

11/26/2010
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – New Zealand’s Jewish community has won an 11th-hour agreement from the government to allow the kosher slaughter of poultry.

Lawyers acting for the community were due to begin a legal battle Monday against the government’s controversial ban on shechita in the High Court in Wellington.

Israel to Open Permanent Trauma Center in Haiti

11/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has sent 200,000 doses of medication against cholera to Haiti and will set up a permanent trauma and emergency center there.

IsraAID - the Israel Aid Agency sent an entire field hospital and medical personnel to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of January's devastating earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured. Israeli police also joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, to keep order in the area.

Three Charged in Auschwitz Sign Theft

11/26/2010

(JTA) -- Polish prosecutors charged a Swedish man and two Polish men in the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the front gate of Auschwitz.

The Swede, Anders Hogstrom, a neo-Nazi leader who allegedly organized the theft as a middleman between a neo-Nazi buyer and five Polish thieves, reportedly struck a plea bargain with Polish prosecutors on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Hogstrum will serve 32 months in jail in his native Sweden, the French news service AFP reported Thursday.

Zionism Pushing Jews, Muslims Further Apart

In post-apartheid South Africa,
Jewish community under siege politically if not physically.

11/23/2010
Staff Writer

Cape Town — A few blocks from the craggy Atlantic shore, where early-morning joggers and strollers share a curving promenade, the minyan regulars head to Shacharit services in the synagogues and yeshivot of the Sea Point neighborhood, the heart of the city’s Jewish community.

Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap neighborhood,Left, a Palestinian flag flies over a mosque in Bo-Kaap.

OU Condemns PA Study of Western Wall

11/23/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Orthodox Union has condemned a Palestinian Authority study that says the Western Wall was never a part of the Temple Mount complex.

"This official government propaganda is contemptible, historically false and runs afoul of efforts to achieve peace with the State of Israel," the OU's director of public policy, Nathan Diament, said in a statement Tuesday. "Coming from an official arm of the Palestinian Authority, it is nothing other than official incitement,"

Palestinians Eyeing One-State Solution, Poll Finds

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza view the two-state solution as a precursor to one Palestinian state, a new poll found.

The poll sponsored by The Israel Project found in a series of questions to respondents that most of the Palestinians have not reconciled themselves to the long-term existence of the Jewish state.

New Evidence Reportedly Links Hezbollah to Hariri Killing

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- New evidence links Hezbollah to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. report.

The evidence of Hezbollah's link to the 2005 assassination, unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese police officer, was published Sunday by the CBC following a months-long investigation.

Jewish Groups Slam Anti-African Refugee Decrees

11/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Jewish groups condemned rulings by rabbis in the Israeli city Bnei Brak that ban residents from renting apartments to African refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called the decrees issued last week in the haredi Orthodox city "biased pronouncements." Six leading haredi rabbis in Bnei Brak issued a ruling that follows a similar call in July by rabbis in nearby Tel Aviv.

Clinton, Netanyahu Produce Little After Six Hours

11/12/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ended a six-hour meeting with little more than an agreement on the usefulness of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The prime minister and the secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals," said a State Department statement at the conclusion of the meeting in New York.

U.S. to store more weapons in Israel

11/11/2010

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

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