Briefs

Nazi Hunter Eyes German Presidency

02/28/2012

Veteran Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld has jumped into the German political fray as an alternative candidate for president.

Her decision to run comes amid growing criticism of the sole nominee — Joachim Gauck, a former East German anti-communist activist who later was the first to head the post-unification commission investigating the archives of the East German secret police. Gauck is coming under increasing criticism over his views on Holocaust remembrance.

New Aid Going To Greek Jewish Community

02/28/2012

The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis.

The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Monday voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece's Jewish communal institutions continue operating, as well as to strengthen the community’s ties with Israel and to develop aliyah  programs for those who wish to immigrate to Israel. Other Jewish organizations have been offering assistance to the community.

Anti-Boycott Lawsuit Against Food Co-op is Dismissed

02/28/2012

A lawsuit seeking to overturn a Washington state food co-op's boycott of Israeli goods was dismissed in state Superior Court.

Farrakhan: Jews Own Media, 'Zionists' Pushing U.S. Into Iran War How To Better Understand

02/28/2012

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan decried what he called Jewish control of the media and accused “Zionists” of trying to push America into war with Iran.

Farrakhan spoke for three hours Sunday before a crowd of thousands at the 82nd annual Saviors’ Day celebration in Chicago.

In his address, along with the accusation about a war with Iran, Farrakhan asserted that Jews were responsible for a controversial 2008 cover of The New Yorker that depicted President Obama in Muslim garb, according to the Religion News Service.

Tel Aviv Seeks Approval To Run Buses On Shabbat

02/21/2012

The Tel Aviv City Council approved a resolution to allow public transportation to run on Shabbat.

The measure was approved Monday evening by a vote of 13-7.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality must now seek a permit from the Israeli Transportation Ministry, but the ministry said in a statement, “There is a decades-old status quo regarding operation of public transportation on Shabbat, and the Transportation Ministry does not intend to violate it.”

Muslim Brotherhood Threatens Treaty Review If U.S. Cuts Aid

02/21/2012

The Muslim Brotherhood has threatened to “review” Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel if the United States cuts aid to Egypt.

Congress threatened to cut or cancel aid to Egypt after Egyptian authorities filed charges on Feb. 6 against 43 American and other foreign pro-democracy activists who worked in the country.

Interfaith Coalition Urges Pols To Eschew Religious Division

02/21/2012

Several Jewish groups joined an interfaith coalition calling on presidential candidates to refrain from using religion as a political wedge issue.

Fifteen religious organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and the Union for Reform Judaism, issued an Interfaith Statement of Principles advising the candidates to abide by principles of religious liberty and avoid religious discord as they campaign for the November race.

Israeli Troops Foil Terror Attack On Egypt Border

02/21/2012

Israeli troops thwarted a terror attack Tuesday on Israel’s border with Egypt.

During a routine patrol on the Israel-Egypt border to prevent smuggling, Israeli soldiers stopping a smuggling attempt witnessed a man leave a bag on the Israeli side of the border and flee back to Egypt. The bag was found to contain a “powerful explosive device,” according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

Army sappers detonated the device in a controlled explosion.

Obama's Budget Cuts Concern Jewish Groups

02/14/2012

Jewish organizations are expressing concerns at cost-cutting proposals in President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget for 2013.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and The Jewish Federations of North America released statements Monday objecting to the proposal that would reduce the tax deductibility rate of charitable donations for taxpayers earning more than $250,000 to 28 percent from the current 35 percent.

N.Y. Times' Ethan Bronner To Leave Jerusalem

02/14/2012

Ethan Bronner, the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, is stepping down from his position.

Bronner, who has been in Jerusalem for the past four years, has been named legal affairs reporter for the newspaper's national desk. Jodi Rudoren, the Times' education editor, will succeed Bronner in the Jerusalem post in April.

The newspaper's public editor had recommended two years ago that Bronner be reassigned because his son was serving in the Israel Defense Forces, which was seen as a conflict of interest by a pro-Palestinian website.

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