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Facebook Removes Third Intifada Page

03/28/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Facebook has removed a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel, but a new one quickly took its place.

Nearly 350,000 people had registered for the "Third Palestinian Intifada" page, established on Facebook earlier this month. The page, which calls for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15, included 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 on the internet.

Hamas, PA to Resume Palestinian Unity Talks

03/28/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will renew unity talks.

The talks will be held in Cairo next month, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, said he was planning to visit Gaza to talk with Hamas leaders. But the trip, which Hamas had asked Abbas to postpone, will not take place until after next month's talks, according to the report. The talks will also focus on elections for a new Palestinian government in the West Bank and Gaza.

Facebook to Monitor Intifada Page, Won’t Remove It

03/27/2011 - 20:00

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

03/27/2011 - 20:00

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

03/27/2011 - 20:00

(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?

03/26/2011 - 20:00

(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

03/26/2011 - 20:00

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

03/26/2011 - 20:00

(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

03/24/2011 - 20:00

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

03/24/2011 - 20:00

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.

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