Briefs

Congressional Hearing Tackles Anti-Semitism In Social Media

04/20/2010

(JTA) – Social networking sites present a new and dangerous medium for spreading anti-Semitism, panelists told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

The April 14 hearing looked at the proliferation of hate speech through social media alongside such concerns as anti-Semitism being masked as anti-Israelism or anti-Westernism.

Reform Leader Lights Independence Torch

04/20/2010

(JTA) – Israel included a Reform rabbi for the first time in launching its Independence Day celebrations.

Rabbi Richard Hirsch was one of 14 Israelis asked to help light the torch Monday evening marking the start of Israel’s 62nd Independence Day.

The committee naming the honorees, working out of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recognized Hirsch for strengthening ties between the Reform movement and Israel.

State Dept. Summons Syria Envoy On Arms transfers

04/20/2010

 (JTA) – The Obama administration “condemned in the strongest terms” Syria’s alleged transfer of arms to Hezbollah and suggested that Syria’s actions would affect renewed bilateral relations.

The administration summoned Syria’s top envoy to discuss the transfers, a sign that it has evidence contradicting Syria’s persistent denials.

Mumps Spreads To New Communities

02/19/2010
Staff Writer

A mumps outbreak in the Orthodox community, which began last summer, has spread beyond Williamsburg and Borough Park to include scattered incidents in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Far Rockaway, Queens, city Health Department officials say.
 

Far Rockaway pediatrician Dr. Hylton Lightman told The Jewish Week that he has seen about 20 mumps patients, most of them men between 17 and 23, as well as four or five girls and two mothers.
 

Among his patients is a staff member at the Bnot Shulamith Elementary School in Woodmere, L.I.
 

Warning to Israelis: Leave Sinai now

04/13/2010

(JTA) — Israelis have been warned to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately.

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday evening issued the warning, citing “concrete information” that terrorists were planning to kidnap Israelis.

“We call on all Israelis now in Sinai to leave at once and return to Israel,” read the warning. “Families of Israelis now in Sinai are requested to make contact and update them of this travel warning.”

China On Board For Iran Sanctions

04/13/2010

(JTA) — China will join efforts to sanction Iran, U.S. officials said. Obama administration officials announced the breakthrough Monday during a summit in Washington on containing the threat of nuclear terrorism. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the White House, said a new set of U.N. Security Council sanctions would be ready within “a matter of weeks.”

The announcements came after President Obama met with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Demjanjuk Calls Munich Trial ‘Torture’

04/13/2010

(JTA) — John Demjanjuk addressed the court at his German war crimes trial for the first time, expressing anger over the proceedings.

In a statement read by his attorney, Ulrich Busch, in the Munich courtroom on Tuesday, Demjanjuk, 90, called the trial “torture.” Demjanjuk was officially charged in December 2009 as an accessory to the murder of 29,700 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943.

Senate Letter On Israel Tensions Gets 76 Signatures

04/13/2010

(JTA) —  More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate urged the Obama administration not to allow tensions with Israel to harm relations or the prospects of a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Greenfield And Hikind Detente At Census Photo Op

04/07/2010

After a heated campaign in which Assemblyman Dov Hikind opposed the candidacy of Councilman David Greenfield, the two officials joined forces on Wednesday to fill out their census forms at a press conference in their Borough Park district.

The event was to encourage residents to submit their information to the Census Bureau so that their communities will maintain political clout and funding.

“We are both committed to making the residents of Brooklyn our No. 1 priority,” Hikind told the Orthodox blog Vos Iz Neias.

Vatican Official Sorry For Anti-Semitism Comparison

04/07/2010

(JTA) — A Vatican official apologized for comparing criticism directed at the Catholic Church over a widespread pedophilia scandal to anti-Semitic attacks on Jews.

“If — and it was not my intention to do so — I hurt the sensitivities of Jews and victims of pedophilia, I am truly sorry and I ask for forgiveness,” the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household, said in an interview published Sunday in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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