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WikiLeaks: Israel Favored Suleiman as Successor to Mubarak

By JTA

Israel has long preferred current Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as the successor to President Hosni Mubarak, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.Read More


Israeli Court Upholds Agunah's Right To Damages

By JTA

A Tel Aviv court upheld the right of women denied a religious divorce by their husbands to sue for damages.Read More


Jewish Groups React to Charges Filed Against Irvine Protesters

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Criminal charges were filed against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the United States in Irvine, Calif.Read More


Alan Slifka, Founder of the Abraham Fund, Is Dead at 81

Philanthropist Alan Slifka, founder of the Abraham Fund, has died.Read More


Pro-Israel Rep. Jane Harman To Leave Congress

By JTA

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), a pro-Israel stalwart with close ties to the U.S. intelligence community, is quitting Congress.Read More


Jerusalem Set To Approve Jewish Housing in Sheikh Jarrah

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz)

The Jerusalem Municipal Committee for Planning and Building is expected to approve today the construction of two buildings that will include 13 apartments for Jewish residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Backing the plan are settler organizations who currently occupy three homes in the neighborhood. Following the plan’s approval, it will be necessary to evict a number of Palestinian families living on the site in order for construction to commence.Read More


Cuba To Seek 20-Year Prison Sentence for American Alan Gross

By JTA

Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for accused spy Alan Gross, a U.S. government contractor that the State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews.Read More


Bibi Commits To Promoting Arab Construction in E. Jerusalem

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the international community’s Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, announced Friday a series of gestures that Israel will make to the Palestinians, including a promise to support Arab construction in East Jerusalem.Read More


U Maryland Yiddish Program Stays Alive, Thanks to Cash Infusion

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

After fears that the school would have to cancel its classes in Yiddish after this spring’s semester, the University of Maryland has managed to raise enough money to keep the program going at least through 2013.Read More


Pro-Mubarak Supporters Call Foreign Journalists ‘Jews’

By JTA

Pro-Egyptian government counter-protesters in Cairo are screaming “Jew!” at foreign journalists, apparently spurred by Egyptian state TV accusations that Israeli spies are behind the protests.Read More





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