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Disney Plans Park In Israel

01/04/2011

(JTA) — Haifa is poised to be the next home to a Disney amusement park.
A 20-acre, $168 million entertainment complex including a 25-screen multiplex and a Disney amusement park is set to be built near the Carmel Tunnel.
The Walt Disney Company's investment arm Shamrock Holdings and the Israeli New Lineo cinema chain announced the plans Tuesday.
The new complex is estimated to open in 2013.
 

Bibi Formally Requests Pollard Release

01/04/2011

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

Roger Daltrey To Headline West Side Shabbaton

01/04/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger Daltrey, the legendary frontman of The Who, will appear at a Shabbaton on January 15th at the Orthodox West Side Institutional Synagogue. 

Presidents Conference Leader Meets Syria’s Assad

01/04/2011

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Hoenlein said the meeting Monday was at the invitation of Syria and not, as had been reported originally by the Israeli media, at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Borough Park Snow Recovery Slow

01/04/2011

Residents of Borough Park were still facing snow removal issues this week from the Dec. 26 blizzard, and an unnamed labor source told the New York Post those problems may be deliberate.

“Borough Park was specifically targeted [because of] … its ability to sort of gin up the p.r. machine,” the paper quoted the source as saying. The lackluster snow removal may have been meant to embarrass Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has heavy political support in Borough Park, because of his budget cuts, the Post said.

State Safety Inspectors To Take Over Kosher Enforcement

01/04/2011

As advocates of the state’s kosher law enforcement unit pressed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for its inspectors, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which oversees the unit announced a plan Monday to train 85 food safety inspectors to do the job.

Oldest Ancient Teeth Found In Israeli Cave

12/28/2010

 (JTA) — Eight teeth found in a cave in central Israel are reportedly the earliest remains of Homo sapiens ever discovered.
The teeth, discovered in a cave near Rosh Haayin, east of Tel Aviv, have been estimated to be about 400,000 years old. If the initial findings are confirmed, it would overturn accepted scientific theory that Homo sapiens, the direct descendent of modern man, evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago and migrated north.

Netanyahu: No Apology To Turkey

12/28/2010

(JTA) — Israel’s prime minister said Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of a Gaza-bound ship or the loss of life on board.

However, Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on Israeli national television Monday night, Israel would express its regret.

Orthodox Blog Banned

12/28/2010

The popular ultra-orthodox blog, Vos Iz Neias, was the target of a recent ban issued by 36 prominent rabbis from Brooklyn, Lakewood, Philadelphia and Europe, including such names as Rabbi Aaron Moshe Schechter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn and Rabbi Yerucham Olshin, of the Lakewood Yeshiva.

The statement issued strong words against the site, saying its anonymous publisher

Wikileaks: U.S. Did Not Help Hamas Hit Investigation

12/28/2010

(JTA) — The United States has reportedly declined a request by the United Arab Emirates to help investigate the assassination of a Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room.

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