Briefs

Obama: Thomas Was Right To Resign

06/09/2010

  (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.

Reuters Rapped For Cropping Flotilla Photos

06/09/2010

(JTA) —- A blog has criticized the Reuters news agency for cropping the knives of activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla from photos it distributed to newspapers.

The blood of a wounded Israel soldier also was omitted from the two photographs first questioned by the Little Green Footballs blog.

Woman Attacked By Fellow Birthright Participant

06/09/2010

 (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.

Rubashkin Acquitted In Child Labor Case

06/09/2010

(JTA) — Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was acquitted in an Iowa state court of child labor violations.

Rubashkin was found not guilty on all 67 counts of child labor violations, relating to 26 teenagers from South America who worked at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa.

Several then-underage workers at the Agriprocessors plant were flown in from Guatemala by the court to testify against Rubashkin.

iPhone App Divides Jerusalem

06/01/2010

(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.

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.

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