Briefs

Oslo Accords Pioneer Ron Pundak Dies

04/17/2014
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Ron Pundak, an Israeli historian who helped engineer the Oslo Accords, has died.

Pundak, an expert on Jordanian and Palestinian history, died last Friday of cancer. He was 59.

Through his contacts, Pundak began talks with Palestinian leaders in 1992 with the permission of Yossi Beilin, who was Israel’s deputy foreign minister at the time.

Jewish Settlers Get OK To Move Into Controversial Hebron Home

04/17/2014
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 Jewish settlers can move into the so-called Peace House in Hebron, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

Yaalon on Sunday gave his approval for Jewish families to move into the four-story building, which has been at the center of controversy for at least seven years.

Cornell Student Gov’t Votes To Table Divestment Resolution

04/17/2014
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The Cornell University Student Assembly voted to table indefinitely a resolution to divest from companies that do business in Israel.

Alan Gross Stops Hunger Strike At Mother’s Urging

04/17/2014
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 Alan Gross suspended his hunger strike in a Cuban prison after a week at the behest of his elderly mother.

“Alan’s mother asked him to stop the fast,” Jill Zuckman, the spokeswoman for the family, told JTA. "He agreed to do that today.”

Peace Talks Yield No Progress, More Negotiations Set

04/17/2014
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Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly made no progress in a three-hour meeting aimed at resuming peace negotiations.

Researchers: Circumcision Comparable To Vaccination

04/09/2014

An Australian-American team of researchers recommended circumcising infant males to avoid diseases in a new study that compared the practice to vaccination.

Alan Gross On Hunger Strike In Cuban Prison

04/09/2014

American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross has launched a hunger strike on April 3rd to protest his imprisonment in a Cuban jail and the lack of American assistance.

Kerry: Procedural Issues Holding Up Talks

04/09/2014

 The Palestinians and Israelis are at odds now more about the process rather than substance, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Two Arrested For Break-in At Swedish Jewish Building

04/02/2014

 Police in Malmo arrested two people who tried to break into a Jewish community building during a demonstration that featured anti-Semitic slogans.

Olmert Convicted Of Taking Bribes In Holyland Scandal

04/02/2014

 Jerusalem — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

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