Briefs

Norway Divests From Two Israeli Companies

08/25/2010

 JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fund overseen by Norway's Ministry of Finance divested from two Israeli companies involved in construction in the West Bank. The Norway Oil Fund, managed by the Norwegian Central Bank, divested from Africa-Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd. on Monday. It also divested from Malaysian forestry company Samling Global Ltd because of some of its logging activities, according to reports. The divestment action was taken following a decision by the ministry's ethics committee. The ministry currently blacklists nearly 50 companies.

Hitler Likely Had Jewish, African Roots

08/25/2010

 (JTA)— Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.

Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer's relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the 'sub-human' races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren, cited in the Flemish-language magazine Knack.

Saliva samples taken from 39 Hitler relatives have genetic fingerprints pointing to possible African and Jewish ancestry.

American Muslim Leaders Visit Concentration Camps

08/17/2010

(JTA) — Eight Muslim American leaders who visited concentration camps and met with Holocaust survivors signed a statement condemning Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

The trip earlier this month, intended to teach the participants about the Holocaust, featured visits to Dachau and Auschwitz.

'New' Polish Jews Visit Israel

08/17/2010

(JTA)—A group of 22 young Poles who recently discovered they have Jewish roots is visiting Israel.

The group arrived Aug. 15 for a three-week educational seminar in Jerusalem run by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that works with “lost” Jewish communities around the world.

Most of the participants were raised Catholic and are in their 20s. They come from various cities in Poland.

The group will study Hebrew and learn about Jewish culture and religion, as well as the history of Israel.

Israeli Army Slams Ex-Soldier For Facebook Photos

08/17/2010

(JTA) — A former Israeli soldier is being criticized for posting Facebook photos of herself with Palestinian prisoners.

Eden Aberjil put the pictures in an online album on her Facebook page called “The army: the best days of my life,” according to a BBC report.

In one photo widely circulating on the Internet, Aberjil is smiling in the foreground while three blindfolded Palestinian prisoners sit behind her.

Harvard Says It's Not Divesting From Israel

08/17/2010

(JTA) — Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.

Shots Fired from Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

08/17/2010

(JTA) — Shots were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.

The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.

Russian Jewish Mathematician Rejects $1 Million Prize

07/07/2010

 (JTA) — A reclusive Russian Jewish mathematician turned down a $1 million prize for solving a seemingly unsolvable math problem.

Grigory “Grisha” Perelman told the Russian Interfax news agency on July 1 that he had turned down the prize for solving the Poincare conjecture from the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Mass. because he disagreed with the organized mathematics community and believed that an American mathematician had contributed to solving the problem.

Obama Reaffirms U.S. Ambiguity On Israel Nukes

07/07/2010

 (JTA) — President Obama said he will not press Israel when it comes to nuclear issues.” The United States will never ask Israel to take any steps that would undermine its security interests,” Obama said Tuesday after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to a conversation they had on Obama’s efforts to have more countries abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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