For the third time since 2007, Britain's largest academic union has voted to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
The resolution was passed Sunday at UCU's annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
In voting to move forward with the sanctions, the University and College Union -- which represents more than 120,000 academics across the United Kingdom -- ignored the legal advice it received after the first boycott vote in 2007. Lawyers told the union then that a boycott "would be unlawful and cannot be implemented," according to the union's Web site.
Police are investigating the robbery of a Rockland County pizzeria as a hate crime after the culprits left swastikas and spraypainted a threat against Jews in German.
The message, as seen on Cablevision’s News 12, means “We will kill all the Jews.”
While Ed Rudzin, the owner of Cassie’s Italian restaurant in Orangeburg, is Jewish, he said he did not know how the culprits might have known that. Rudzin, who lives in a nearby New Jersey town, told The Jewish Week on Tuesday he had faced no prior anti-Semitic incidents.
Israel’s Finance Ministry has approved funding for the construction of one of the largest water desalination plants in the world.
The plant, which is being constructed in Sorek in central Israel, is scheduled to be completed in 2013 at a cost of $400 million. It will desalinate about 150 cubic meters of water per year, or about 20 percent of the water used for household use in Israel, and is expected to be the second largest water desalination plant in the world.
A non-denominational rabbinical training school in Los Angeles, part of a unique partnership with Christian and Muslim partners announced earlier this year, will expand its educational offerings with the help of a multi-million dollar grant.
At least two Jewish brothers are among the missing in the wake of a deadly tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo. Other members of the small Jewish community there are in need of basic supplies, Chabad.org reported late Monday.
Rabbi Yehuda Weg, the Tulsa-based director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Oklahoma, drove to Joplin Monday night with a list of Jewish community members in need or missing and a car full of supplies, joining volunteers from the American Red Cross and local disaster agencies, according to Chabad.org.
A member of a dissident congregation in the chasidic village of New Square, N.Y., suffered severe burns after confronting a suspected arsonist outside his home.
The Journal News reported that Aaron Rottenberg, 43, suffered third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body after he confronted a man carrying a rag soaked in flammable liquid outside his home early Sunday morning. During the confrontation, Rottenberg’s clothes caught on fire.
Ramapo police later arrested Shaul Spitzer, 18, on assault and attempted arson charges. Spitzer had burns on his hands and arms.
An Arab-Israeli crime mob planned to bomb a mosque in Jaffa and pass it off as an attack by right-wing settlers, Tel Aviv Police discovered.At least eight people have been under arrest for the last month in the case, from which a gag order was lifted Tuesday, according to reports.Indictments against the suspects, including several members of one Jaffa family, are expected to be made in Tel Aviv District Court later this week.