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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.

Chief Rabbi: Obama Should Free Pollard To Get Re-elected

04/18/2011

(JTA) — President Obama should free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard if he wants Jews to re-elect him to the White House, Israel's chief rabbi said.

Yonah Metzger, Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi, during a Shabbat sermon at Jerusalem's Jeshurun Synagogue called on Obama to prove he is a friend of Israel “and immediately free Jonathan Pollard before applying pressure to advance diplomatic initiatives.”

He threatened that American Jews would not help re-elect Obama if he did not grant Pollard clemency.

Designer John Galliano Fired From His Own Label

04/18/2011

(JTA) — Fashion designer John Galliano was fired from his own designer label over accusations of anti-Semitism and racism.

Galliano, who was fired on March 1 as chief designer at Christian Dior, was dumped from the label that bears his name but is 91 percent owned by Dior, Women's Wear Daily reported April 15.

Thomas, To Speak At Anti-AIPAC Event

04/18/2011

(JTA) — Helen Thomas, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are scheduled to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC’s annual gathering.

A coalition of about 100 leftist and pro-Palestinian groups, led by Code Pink and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will run “Move Over AIPAC” in Washington from May 21 to 24, coinciding with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference.

Reform Movement Condemns Ra’anana Shul Attack

04/18/2011

(JTA) — The World Union for Progressive Judaism condemned an attack on a Reform synagogue in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana.
The attack on April 14 is the third time the Ra’anana Synagogue has been vandalized in the last year.

Six of the synagogue’s windows were smashed in and a black Star of David was spray-painted on the wall above the words “It has begun.”

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