Briefs

Stop Deportation Of Sudanese Migrants, Israeli Artists Urge

03/12/2012 - 20:00

 Israeli artists and academics have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the deportation of refugees who came from South Sudan.

The 400 writers, authors and musicians sent a petition to the prime minister Tuesday asking him to stop the deportation, saying it would expose the refugees, many of them children, “to a raging war, hunger and disease.”

Egypt’s Parliament: Remove Israeli Envoy, Stop Gas Exports

03/12/2012 - 20:00

The Egyptian parliament voted unanimously on a statement calling for the deportation of Israel’s ambassador and stopping gas exports to Israel.

The People's Assembly passed the resolution Monday night stating that the halting of gas exports is in protest against attacks by Israel on Gaza.

The measure also called for the withdrawal of the Egyptian ambassador from Tel Aviv, according to Al Masry Al Youm (the Egypt Independent) daily newspaper and a renewal of the Arab boycott against Israel.

Peres Meets With Silicon Valley Execs

03/05/2012 - 19:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres launched a Facebook page during a visit with company founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California. Peres also is slated this week to tour the headquarters of Google as the guest of co-founder Sergey Brin.

FBI, Police Probing Anti-Semitic Messages At Fla. Restaurant

03/05/2012 - 19:00

An investigation has been opened into anti-Semitic messages left at a new kosher restaurant in South Florida.

The FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a series of hate messages left at the Mozart Cafe in Deerfield Beach since its opening more than four months ago, WSVN-TV reported.

French PM Calls For End To Ritual Slaughter

03/05/2012 - 19:00

PARIS — French Prime Minister Francois Fillon advised Muslims and Jews to forego ritual slaughter practices he deems un-modern, sparking controversy.

“I think religions should think about maintaining traditions that no longer have much in common with the state of science and technology, health issues today,” Fillon said Monday on French Europe 1 radio, in reference to halal and kosher practices.

Livni, Giffords On Newsweek’s Influential Women List

03/05/2012 - 19:00

JERUSALEM — Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni and several American Jews, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, were included in Newsweek’s 150 “Women Who Shake the World.”

Livni was the only Israeli on the list.

The feature called Livni “one of the most powerful women in the country,” who is “known for her honesty and integrity.”

Panetta: U.S. Will Act On Iran If Necessary

03/05/2012 - 19:00

WASHINGTON  —The United States will act against Iran if all efforts to end its suspected nuclear weapons program fail, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

“Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he said Tuesday, the last day of the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “But make no mistake, if all else fails, we will act.”

Panetta’s pledge was the most explicit by an Obama administration official warning of military action.

Nazi Hunter Eyes German Presidency

02/27/2012 - 19:00

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

02/27/2012 - 19:00

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

02/27/2012 - 19:00

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

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