(JTA) — President Obama is sending a delegation to the Palestine Investment Conference to take place Wednesday through Friday in Bethlehem.
George Mitchell, Obama’s special envoy for Middle East peace, will lead the delegation, according to the White House.
(JTA) — Dozens of trucks loaded with cargo from some of the ships intercepted on the way to Gaza crossed into the coastal strip. Workers at the Ashdod port unloaded cargo from three of the ships and loaded it into trucks by Tuesday afternoon.
The cargo was scattered throughout each ship and not packed up in an organized fashion, Ynet reported, citing the port’s CEO Shuli Sagis. X-rays and dogs inspected the goods, which included food and toys.
The desecration, vandalism and redevelopment of Jewish cemeteries in Europe has prompted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press local governments abroad to preserve those sites.
In a letter Tuesday to Clinton, Gillibrand said she was acting on behalf of constituents who have expressed concern “about the threats faced by historic cemeteries, such as those in Lithuania, Poland and Malta.”
(JTA) — A Jerusalem court has rejected an appeal by Jewish families to allow them to continue living in an eastern Jerusalem building.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled Tuesday not to overturn an order to seal off the Beit Yonatan building in Silwan, a predominately Palestinian neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. Eight families live in the building, which was built without a permit in 2004 by the right-wing group Ateret Cohanim.
Branding themselves “the new Democrats,” leaders of the state’s largest party kicked off their 2010 campaign Tuesday at the Rye Hilton in Westchester, hoping to move past four years of scandal and turmoil and maintain control of Albany.
(JTA) — Jewish Democrats launched a petition calling on a columnist syndicate to drop Pat Buchanan.
The National Jewish Democratic Council said a recent column by the three-time presidential candidate questioning President Obama’s pick of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court was intolerant because it made an issue of her Jewish faith.
The American linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky, who was barred from entering Israel Sunday to give a lecture at Birzeit University in the West Bank, planned to give the lecture instead by videoconference from Amman. Al Jazeera planned to televise it live.