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He-Brewer Ryan Braun Wins MVP Award

11/21/2011 - 19:00

Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Jewish Most Valuable Player in nearly five decades.

Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was named the National League MVP on Tuesday. He received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was second with 10 first-place votes and 332 points.

Biden Meets With Jewish Leaders On Pollard

11/21/2011 - 19:00

Vice President Joseph Biden met with several Jewish American leaders to discuss the case of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

During Monday evening's meeting, Biden reportedly listened to the seven American Jewish leaders, who made a case for the severity of the sentence and the support of U.S. political leaders for clemency, Ynet reported. The newspaper did not name the participants.

Rare Collection Of Nazi Documents Donated To L.A. Holocaust Museum

11/14/2011 - 19:00

 A rare collection of stamps, letters, ID cards and other documents of the Nazi era was donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Valued at $260,000, the Edward Victor Philatelic Holocaust Collection was acquired and organized by Victor, a retired Los Angeles lawyer, over a 30-year period. In many cases the content tracks the fate of a given Jewish family from the beginning of the Nazi regime in 1933 to its demise in 1945.

After arriving by cattle car at Auschwitz, many Jews were handed postcards with a uniform message thoughtfully prepared by the Nazis.

Google To Open Israeli Startup Incubator

11/14/2011 - 19:00

 Google will open a startup incubator in Israel.

The incubator, scheduled to open in August in offices in Tel Aviv, will host about 20 pre-seed stage startups, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

The announcement of the new incubator was made Sunday by the director of Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google's Israel R&D center, Yossi Matias.

The incubator also will host Israeli Arab and haredi Orthodox entrepreneurs in an effort to expose them to Israel's high-tech industry, according to Globes.

Palestinians Try To Enter Jerusalem On 'Freedom Ride'

11/14/2011 - 19:00

Several Palestinians tried to enter Jerusalem on an Israeli bus from the West Bank.

The Palestinians and activists were attempting to draw attention to the restriction of freedom of movement of the Palestinians in a campaign that imitates the Freedom Rides of the U.S. civil rights movement. West Bank Palestinians are not allowed to enter eastern Jerusalem without special permits.

The Palestinian activists waited for nearly an hour near the West Bank settlement of Psagot until a bus stopped to pick up six of them; several other buses rode by without stopping.

Sarkozy Pledges Friendship to Netanyahu In Letter

11/14/2011 - 19:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged his friendship to Benjamin Netanyahu in a condolence letter written to the Israeli prime minister.

“You have my friendship, and our differing views on the problems of the Middle East, and the interpretations appearing in the media, have no effect on it,” Sarkozy wrote, according to Reuters, citing two unnamed Israeli officials in the prime minister's office. The message was included in a letter of condolence to Netanyahu over the death of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi.

Goldstone: Israel Does Not Practice Apartheid

10/31/2011 - 20:00

Saying that Israel practices apartheid policies is "unfair and inaccurate slander," Richard Goldstone wrote in an Op-Ed for The New York Times.

The use of apartheid to describe Israel is "calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations," Goldstone, who led the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza war of 2008-09, wrote in a piece that was published Tuesday.

"It is important to separate legitimate criticism of Israel from assaults that aim to isolate, demonize and delegitimize it," he wrote.

Put Released Prisoners On Terror Lists, Jewish Dems Say

10/31/2011 - 20:00

Four top Jewish lawmakers called for the names of the Palestinian prisoners released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal to be entered into databases of terrorists.

The four Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, urging them to list the names of more than 1,000 men and women being released in the prisoner swap in the appropriate databases.

Huntsman Visits Lubavitcher Rebbe's Gravesite

10/31/2011 - 20:00

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman visited the New York gravesite of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, visited the Queens gravesite of the late leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement last week. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Kaye, and a number of movement luminaries, including Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, the chairman of Chabad's educational and social services network, and Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the director of its Washington office.

Abbas: I'll Never Recognize A Jewish State

10/31/2011 - 20:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will never recognize a Jewish state and that capturing Gilad Shalit was a "good thing."

Abbas made the remarks in an Oct. 23 interview on the Egyptian television channel Dream 2. A transcript of the interview was published in an Oct. 31 report by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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