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Facebook to Monitor Intifada Page, Won’t Remove It

03/28/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Facebook will monitor a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel but will not remove it.

"Third Palestinian Intifada," established on Facebook less than a month ago, calls for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15. The page, which as of March 27 had more than 330,000 friends, includes quotes and film clips calling for killing Jews and Israelis, and for "liberating" Jerusalem and Palestine using violence. It also directs users to related content on Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere.

Israel May Cancel Argentinian Official’s Visit Over Iran Deal

03/28/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel may cancel a visit by Argentina's foreign minister after a report that the South American country told Iran it would stop investigating two bombings of Jewish targets in exchange for better trade relations.

Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman is scheduled to visit Israel next week. Israeli Foreign Ministry officials are waiting for a response from their Argentinian counterparts on the veracity of a report in a weekly Argentinian newspaper before deciding how to handle the visit, according to Israeli news reports.

Clinton: U.S. Not Ready to Intervene in Syria

03/28/2011

(JTA) -- The United States is not ready to send troops to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

"Certainly we deplore the violence in Syria," Clinton said during an interview on the "Face the Nation" program on CBS Television that aired Sunday. "We call -- as we have on all of these governments during this period of the Arab awakening, as some have called it -- to be responding to their people's needs, not to engage in violence, permit peaceful protests and begin a process of economic and political reform."

Will Carter Press for Alan Gross’ Release on Cuba Visit?

03/27/2011

(JTA) -- Jimmy Carter is scheduled to visit Jewish leaders during a trip to Cuba, leading to speculation that the former U.S. president will ask the Cuban government to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

Carter, who is well known for his activism on behalf of human rights, will spend three days in Cuba on a private visit to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, according to reports. He is scheduled to meet with President Raul Castro and other Cuban officials.

Bid to Bomb Gas Pipeline to Israel Fails

03/27/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Six terrorists failed in their attempt to blow up a pipeline carrying natural gas to Israel and Jordan from Egypt.

The timer on the explosives planted at a gas terminal in northern Sinai on Sunday did not go off and the bomb was defused, The Associated Press reported. The terrorists had jumped a guard in the early morning and planted the explosives before fleeing.

‘Third Intifada’ Facebook Page Abusing Technology, ADL Says

03/27/2011

(JTA) -- A Facebook page calling for a third Palestinian intifada is abusing technology to promote terrorist violence and should be taken down, the Anti-Defamation League said.

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

After Bombing, Obama Relays Condolences to Netanyahu, Pledges Support

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama conveyed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his condolences over recent terrorist attacks and reaffirmed "unwavering" commitment to Israel's security.

Defense Secretary Gates Arrives in Israel in Blast’s Wake

03/24/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Israel, where he is expected to press Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks in the wake of increased unrest.

Gates, who landed in Israel Thursday morning, less than a day after a bomb attack in central Jerusalem and following days of attacks between Israel and Gaza, is in the region assessing the U.S. posture after a wave of uprisings has shaken some regimes and supplanted others.

Report: U.S. Intel Considering Hezbollah as Political

03/22/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. intelligence is reportedly considering Hezbollah as a political as well as a terrorist entity.

David Ignatius, a Washington Post foreign affairs columnist with close ties to the Obama administration, reported March 18 that the distinction will appear in a National Intelligence Estimate that is now in its draft stages.

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