Arab Leaders: We’ll Boycott Summit If Lieberman attends

05/10/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Arab leaders have threatened to boycott a European Union summit if Israel’s foreign minister attends.

A defiant Avigdor Lieberman insisted, however, that he will attend the Mediterranean Summit in Barcelona on June 7 in spite of the threats, which are being led by Egypt and Syria.

“I intend to, and I will be there,” Lieberman told Israel Radio. “We’re not forcing ourselves on anyone and we’re not forcing anyone else to come.”

Yad Vashem To Honor Australian Woman Posthumously

05/10/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  An Australian woman is being honored posthumously by Yad Vashem for saving the life of a Jewish doctor during the Holocaust.

Irena Szumska-Ingram saved Bernard Hellreich from near certain death in the Polish town of Tarnow. The 20-year-old hid Bernard in her tiny apartment and then moved him to another secure home away from the clutches of the Nazis when the danger increased.

Obama Calls Abbas As Talks Begin

05/10/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the outset of renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks.

“The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks,” a White House statement said Tuesday. “He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel.”

Obama made a similar call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 3.

Stanford Getting $12 Million For Jewish Doctoral program

05/10/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — The Jim Joseph Foundation will give Stanford University $12 million to renew its Jewish education studies department.

The funding for the California university’s School of Education will create a doctoral concentration in education and Jewish studies, and establish and endow a Jim Joseph professorship in education and Jewish studies.

The gift is the largest in the history of Stanford’s School of Education.

Dershowitz Reportedly Rejected Israel’s U.N. Envoy Job

05/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Alan Dershowitz reportedly turned down an offer to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman assiduously courted the well-known Jewish-American lawyer, Yediot Achronot reported Tuesday. If he had accepted, Dershowitz , 72, would have had to make aliyah.

Obama Calls Netanyahu To Discuss Talks

05/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss talks with the Palestinians.
The conversation took place late Monday morning, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Home of Tikkun’s Rabbi Lerner Vandalized

05/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  The northern California home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun magazine, was vandalized Sunday night. Posters attached to his door and the fence around his Berkeley home attack Lerner personally, and liberals and progressives, as being supporters of terrorism and “Islamofascism,” according to the magazine.

South African Jewish Leaders Meet with Goldstone

05/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  A delegation of senior South African Jewish communal leaders met with Richard Goldstone Monday to discuss Goldstone’s participation in the United Nations inquiry into the Gaza war.

The meeting was held as part of a deal brokered  between the South African Zionist Federation and Goldstone that allowed the judge to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah on May 1 in the absence of threatened protests. Goldstone, who lives in America, initially had said he would not attend.

Rubashkin: I Should Not Have Entered The Family Business

05/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — With a federal judge expected to issue a sentence in his case later this month, former kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin expressed regret for his actions last week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade reportedly indicated that she will issue her ruling May 27.

At least 10 witnesses spoke on Rubashkin’s behalf, including a psychiatrist who interviewed him in jail. The psychiatrist said Rubashkin expressed regret for the harm he had caused himself and others, the Des Moines Register reported.

Hamas Leader Condemns Shalit Video

04/26/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  A senior Hamas leader has condemned the cartoon video released by the terrorist organization’s armed wing showing Gilad Shalit returning in a coffin.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas on Monday condemned the video showing the captive Israeli soldier’s father wandering deserted streets looking at billboard after billboard of Israeli leaders promising to work for his son’s release.

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