International

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.

Turkey Says Will Cut Ties if Israel Doesn’t Apologize

07/05/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Turkey's foreign minister has threatened to cut ties with Israel unless it apologizes for its deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, a Turkish newspaper reported.

“Israelis have three options: They will either apologize or acknowledge an international-impartial inquiry and its conclusion. Otherwise, our diplomatic ties will be cut off,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Sunday.

NYPD Cops Working The Interfaith Beat

Shomrim, Muslim Society officers in emerging relationship, despite obstacles.

06/16/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

When it comes to “Kumbaya” moments, as some critics have dubbed Jewish-Muslim dialogue, “Police officers are pretty much a harder sell [than other people],” says Det. Lawrence Wein, president of the New York Police Department’s Shomrim Society. “They are a bit more cynical than peace activists.”

Det. Ahmed Nasser, left, was detained in Israel for over two hours when he arrived with fellow NYPD members.Doug Chandler

Some In The Media Had The Flotilla Figured Out

No humanitarian aid to Shalit, and no story either.

06/01/2010
Associate Editor

Even before the facts were clear about the battle between Israeli commandos and the pro-Hamas flotilla, we were told by The New York Times website, and dozens of other online media, that Israel was being “condemned.” Indeed it was.

An Outlaw In Autumn

Yosef Begun, the old
prisoner of Zion,
still defiant.

05/18/2010
Associate Editor

Yosef Begun, 78, one of the great refusenik “outlaws” of the last century, walks with a gentle lope through the streets of big cities, as out of place as an old cowboy after the frontiers got civilized. Others his age might think of themselves in life’s twilight but his twilight was long ago, when he was in his 30s, in the half-light of prison cells, where he’d remember a song about walking through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing nothing.

Yosef Begun’s place in Jewish life has gone from myth to among the missing. michael datikash
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