Palestinian Conjoined Twins Separated At Hadassah Hospital

12/26/2011 - 19:00

Surgeons at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem separated conjoined twins in utero.

The babies shared a placenta and major blood vessels. Their lives were in danger in the womb of their 25-year-old mother, from a Palestinian village, who was in her 20th week of pregnancy.

The babies' blood supply was separated using a laser device inserted in the womb.

Meanwhile, an Israeli business daily reported that Hadassah Medical Center's debt to its suppliers is reportedly about $2.65 million, and it can’t pay the bill.

Woman Who Sent Anti-Semitic Package To Rep. King Killed By Cop

12/26/2011 - 19:00

An Atlanta-area woman who sent a threatening package with an anti-Semitic note to a U.S. congressman was killed after attacking a police officer.

Jameela Barnette, 53, attacked a police officer with a knife and a gun when he knocked on the door of her apartment after responding to a call about an alarm. The officer shot her with his service weapon, The Marietta Daily Journal reported.

Evelyn Handler, Former Brandeis President, Killed By Car

12/26/2011 - 19:00

Evelyn Handler, who served from 1983 to 1991 as the fifth president of Brandeis University, was killed last Friday after being struck by a car.

Handler was crossing a street in Bedford, N.H., to meet her husband, Eugene, when she was hit. She was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. where she was later pronounced dead.

Soviet Refugees From Nazis To Get Hardship Payments

12/26/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

One-time Hardship Fund payments of about $3,300 will now be available to certain Jews who fled areas of the Soviet Union ahead of the advancing Nazi army and whose homes were never occupied. Those eligible will include certain Jews who fled from Moscow, Stalingrad and Leningrad during specific time periods.

Egyptian Islamist Party Says It Will Recognize Treaty With Israel

12/19/2011 - 19:00

 A radical Islamist party in Egypt said it will respect the country's peace treaty with Israel.

The spokesman for the Salafi Al-Nour party, which won up to 30 percent of the vote in the first round of parliamentary elections in Egypt, announced Tuesday that the party would respect all treaties signed by Egypt, including the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Party leaders later clarified that the party is looking into the matter, Ynet reported.

Maynard Wishner, National AJC Leader, Dies At 88

12/19/2011 - 19:00

Maynard Wishner, a past national president of the American Jewish Committee who also headed other Jewish groups, has died.

Wishner, a Chicago attorney and activist who served as the AJC's national president from 1980 to 1983,  died Monday at 88. He had been serving as honorary president and a member of its Board of Governors until his passing.

Romney Won't Commit On Jerusalem, Pollard

12/19/2011 - 19:00

Mitt Romney would not commit to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or to pardoning Jonathan Pollard.

Romney, a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination who has garnered the greatest support among donors, met privately Monday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Washington Jewish Week reported.

On Jerusalem he said he would "consult with the government of Israel" before he makes a final decision.

N.Y. Lawmaker Carl Kruger Quits Over Bribery Charges

12/19/2011 - 19:00

A New York lawmaker who had strong Orthodox Jewish backing because he rejected a gay rights initiative quit after pleading guilty to charges that he funneled bribes through his gay partner.

State Sen. Carl Kruger, a conservative Democrat who has held his Brooklyn seat since 1994 and was one finance chairman, resigned Tuesday just before pleading guilty to laundering up to $1 million from lobbyists through Michael Turano, a real estate agent described by prosecutors as Kruger's "intimate associate" and housemate.

Matisyahu Sheds Signature Beard

12/12/2011 - 19:00

Jewish reggae star Matisyahu shaved his signature beard and issued a statement saying "No more Chassidic reggae superstar."

The artist posted two photos of his beardless face on Twitter and a statement about his decision on his website.

"When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process," he wrote. "I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules -- lots of them -- or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself."

Ross: Iran Nukes Pose Danger Of Nuclear War

12/12/2011 - 19:00

The greatest danger posed by a nuclear Iran would be the increased likelihood of a Middle East nuclear war, Dennis Ross said.

"If Iran has nuclear weapons, the potential for nuclear war in the Middle East goes up dramatically," Ross, who retired as the White House's top Iran policy official, said during his first post-Obama administration address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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