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Ex-N.Y. Cop Arrested For Anti-Semitic Graffiti

05/07/2014
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A former New York policeman was arrested for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn.

U.S. Negotiators Blame Israel For Collapse Of Talks

05/07/2014
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U.S. negotiators said Israel’s settlement policy was the primary reason the peace talks failed.

At least two officials speaking anonymously to Yediot Achronot in a report May 2 by longtime senior correspondent Nahum Barnea said multiple factors were at play in last month’s collapse of the U.S.-backed talks, but Israel’s settlement policy was preeminent.

Brooklyn Man Gets Probation For Throwing Bleach In Rabbi’s Face

04/30/2014
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 A chasidic man from Brooklyn was sentenced to five years probation for throwing bleach in the face of a rabbi who had accused the man’s father of being a sexual predator.

Sterling Banned For Life From Clippers, NBA For Racist Remarks

04/30/2014
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 Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.

Post-Scandal, 92Y Taps New Exec, Spiritual Leader

04/30/2014
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The 92nd Street Y, a landmark Jewish institution on the Upper East Side, made two major personnel announcements this week.

Henry Timms, who earlier served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content, was appointed executive director. And Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, longtime senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, will become the Y’s director of Jewish community, and head of its Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, in September.

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.

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