AIPAC Hits Capitol Hill With Hard Line Message on Palestinian Authority

In a break from its stance in recent years, the pro-Israel lobby is pursuing a hard-line agenda toward the Palestinian Authority at its annual conference, as 10,000 activists prepare to carry its message to Capitol Hill.

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Bibi and Obama Now Set To Battle for Congress, Public Opinion

President Obama’s declaration affirming the significance of Israel’s 1967 borders in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is animated in no small part by the need to face the challenge of a looming UN General Assembly vote recognizing Palestine as an independent state, the White House has told Jewish leaders.

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An Uncertain Future for Last Remnant of Historic Garment Workers Union

The recent departure of the high-profile president of the union Workers United after a tempestuous tenure has raised questions about whether the last of the historic garment unions can overcome the infighting in its recent past.

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Fashion Diva Iris Apfel Honored at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Women’s Division

“She is fashion’s latest ‘It Girl,’ who wears necklaces for elephants,” event chair Andrea Stark said of Iris Apfel, an honoree at the Spirit of Achievement Luncheon of the Women’s Division of Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, held May 5. Stark continued: “One of the most influential personalities in fashion, textile and interior design, in 1950, with her husband, Carl, she founded the high-end textile company Old World Weavers when she could not find a particular fabric. Her restoration projects have included the White House for nine presidents.”

UC Debates Free Speech Vs. Federal Protection

Shlomo Dubnov, an associate professor at University of California, San Diego, had an unusually busy schedule the first week of May. Monday, check out the “Palestinian wall” erected on campus, then attend a pro-Palestinian spoken word performance and a lecture on “Palestine: Past, Present & Future.” Wednesday, it was a pro-Palestinian “Speak Out!” and Thursday, a lecture by Alison Weir, who, according to her website, is an expert in the “massive ethnic cleansing accomplished in Israel’s War of Independence” — all organized by the UCSD Muslim Students Association and co-sponsored by the UCSD Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

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