Recognizing Palestine Wouldn’t Promote Peace, Dutch FM Says


The Netherlands will not recognize Palestinian statehood right now because it would not help restart peace talks with Israel, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.

Theater Company At D.C. JCC Ending Mideast Festival


Theatre J, which operates under the auspices of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, canceled an annual festival following criticism by donors and funders against the showing of controversial Israeli plays.

N.J. Rabbi: Arabs In Israel ‘Must Be Vanquished’


The rabbi of a major modern Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has written a blog post that calls for Israel to collectively punish Arab Israelis and Palestinians until they realize “they have no future in the land of Israel.”

Prisoner Suing For Kosher Food Notes Weight Loss In Amended Complaint


A death-row inmate in Connecticut suing the state because he has not been provided kosher food filed an amended complaint noting that he has lost 50 pounds as a result of eating inadequate food.

Chasidic Family Charged In $20 Million Fraud Case


More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar chasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits.

Ramapo School Board Favors Orthodox: State Report

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The school board in Rockland County’s East Ramapo School District showed favoritism to students from the Orthodox community who attend private schools in the district, a state-appointed monitor reported this week.

Activists Intent On Building Third Jewish Temple Spark Tensions At Holy Site


JERUSALEM (RNS) It’s a site holy to both Jews and Muslims — considered the most religiously sensitive square kilometer on earth.

These days, the Temple Mount — known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims — is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism. How Israeli society deals with it may hold the key to the peace process.

Report: German Ambassador To Netherlands To Visit Graves Of SS Soldiers


The Hague, Netherlands — Germany’s ambassador to the Netherlands is slated to attend a commemoration at a cemetery where many SS soldiers are buried.

Freundel Prosecutors Need More Time To Mull Plea Possibility


Prosecutors investigating the case of Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi accused of voyeurism, told a judge that they need more time before they can decide whether to offer a plea deal.

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