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U.S. Delegation Heading to Palestine Investment Confab

06/01/2010

(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.

Cargo From Flotilla Ships Enters Gaza

06/01/2010

(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. 

Gillibrand: Protect Jewish Cemeteries Of Europe

06/01/2010

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.”

Court Refuses To Overturn Beit Yonatan Evacuation in Eastern Jerusalem

05/25/2010

(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.

Jewish Groups Urge Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

05/25/2010

(JTA) A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations is urging Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.

The coalition, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, sent a letter Tuesday to Congress.

Cuomo, Other Democrats Kick Off State Campaigns

05/25/2010

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.

Charlotte Jacobson, Former Hadassah President, Dies

05/21/2010

(JTA) — Charlotte Jacobson, who as Hadassah national president reclaimed the Jerusalem land where the organization’s flagship hospital now sits, has died.

Jacobson, who served as Hadassah president from 1964 to 1968, died last Friday in Florida.

Jewish Dems Petition: Drop Buchanan

05/21/2010

 (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.

Arson At German Synagogue

05/21/2010

 (JTA) — Jewish institutions in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz are receiving increased protection following an arson attack on the synagogue in Worms.

Fires reportedly were set Sunday night at eight spots around the synagogue, which is one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to the year 1034. The Fire Department quickly extinguished the flames.

There was some damage; no one was injured.

Police reported finding eight copies of a letter at the scene that read, “Until you give the Palestinians peace, we will not give you peace.”

Chomsky To Address Palestinians Via Remote

05/21/2010

 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.

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