Briefs

Calm Prevails At Start Of San Diego University's ‘Palestine Week’

05/10/2011

(JTA) — A week of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel events began calmly at the University of California, San Diego, despite fears of a repeat of last year’s hostilities.

“We learned a lot from last year, and there isn’t the anxiety,” Keri Copans, the Hillel director on the San Diego campus, said Tuesday.

This marks the first year that pro-Israel students have responded to Justice in Palestine Week, an annual event run by the Muslim Student Association at San Diego, by staging pro-Israel events of their own.

Court To Rule On Release Of Mondrowitz Records

05/10/2011

New York’s Court of Appeals will decide whether Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes must release records in an alleged sex-abuse case that a lawyer believes will show political favoritism by Hynes.

The New York Law Journal reported that the state’s top court will consider reversing a lower court’s ruling regarding Rabbi Abraham Mondrowitz, who fled to Israel in 1986 amid allegations that he abused patients in his psychotherapy practice.

Shelve Goldstone Report, Congress Members Urge UN Chief

05/04/2011

 (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of U.S. lawmakers urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to shelve the Goldstone report.

Twenty-two members of the House of Representatives signed on to a letter calling on Ban to override the U.N. Human Rights Council, which said it was standing by the report it commissioned.

Barenboim To Conduct Orchestra In Gaza

05/04/2011

(JTA) — Renowned Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will present a “peace concert” in the Gaza Strip.

Barenboim will direct an organization of 25 European musicians on Tuesday, the French news agency AFP reported. The so-called “Orchestra for Gaza” was announced Monday by the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

Katsav Appeals Rape Conviction

05/04/2011

 (JTA) — Israel's Supreme Court has postponed the date that former President Moshe Katsav must begin serving his prison sentence on rape and sexual assault convictions.

Katsav had been scheduled to enter prison May 8 to serve a seven-year sentence, but the court granted a delay Tuesday following his appeal the previous day. The court set a May 11 date to hear a final appeal by Katsav's attorneys.

The conviction was handed down in the Tel Aviv District Court in December.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal On Jerusalem Passport

05/04/2011

 (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear the appeal of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as his country of birth on his passport.

Israel: Australian Man Spied For Hamas

04/27/2011

(JTA) — An Australian citizen was arrested by Israel and charged with spying for Hamas.

Iaad Rashid Abu Arja, 46, a computer expert, was indicted in Petach Tikvah District Court last week, accused of being recruited by the banned Islamic organization.

Israeli prosecutors allege that Arja, who holds dual Australian and Saudi citizenship, was asked to provide intelligence and surveillance information on key technology companies in Israel. He also holds a Jordanian passport.

Shul Arson Suspect Charged

04/27/2011

(JTA) — A man suspected of setting a fire in a Southern California synagogue is facing 19 felony charges of burglary and arson.

Dmitry Sheyko, 21, is in custody in Los Angeles, charged with the April 14 fire at Temple Israel of Hollywood, according to The Associated Press. He is charged as well with breaking into several homes near Beverly Hills.

Sheyko, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held on $3 million bail. A hearing is set for May 2.

European Parliament Bill Would Require Kosher Meat Labeling

04/27/2011

(JTA) — A European Parliament committee has approved a bill that would require meat that was not stunned before slaughter to be labeled as such.

The amendment to the new European Union food labeling bill passed the Environmental and Consumer Affairs Committee by a vote of 34 to 28. The meat would be labeled “unstunned before slaughter.”

Israeli Man Killed At Joseph's Tomb

04/27/2011

(JTA) — The nephew of an Israeli government minister was killed and at least four men were injured during a visit to Joseph's Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Ben-Joseph Livnat, 25, a father of four from Jerusalem and the nephew of Science and Culture Minister Limor Livnat of the ruling Likud Party, was among a group of 15 Breslov Chasidim who arrived early Sunday morning in three cars to worship at the site, which is holy to Jews and is located in West Bank territory under Palestinian control.

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