(JTA) — President Obama said the decision to resign by journalist Helen Thomas was the right thing to do.
Thomas, a columnist with the Hearst Corp., ended a career spanning six decades and 10 presidents on Monday in the wake of criticism of her remarks that Jews in Israel should “go home” to Poland and Germany.
(JTA) — A New Jersey woman was attacked in Israel by a fellow participant on the Birthright Israel program.
Sherry Kestenbaum, 25, of Piscataway, N.J., was attacked May 31 in the hallway of a hotel at a kibbutz guest house near the Dead Sea, the New Jersey Jewish News reported. Fellow participant Jonathan Haft reportedly made advances to Kestenbaum, which she rebuffed, according to the newspaper.
Haft, a martial arts expert, remains in jail, charged by Jerusalem Police with assault with a deadly weapon. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
(JTA) — Yahoo’s weather application for the iPhone has divided Jerusalem.
Users of the pre-installed application must now choose between “West Jerusalem” and “East Jerusalem, West Bank,” to get the weather for the city following a change that went into effect over the weekend. The temperature information for both choices is identical.
(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.