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Rabbi Arrested in Capitol Hill Protest Over Cuts

Rabbi Arthur Waskow was arrested at a prayer protest in the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to proposed budget cuts to programs for the poor.

Waskow was one of nine clergy who was arrested after refusing police orders to move while praying in the U.S. Capitol.

The clergy members called on Congress not to cut programs assisting the needy in talks aimed at passing a budget ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

Waskow, a Renewal rabbi, heads the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and has been arrested multiple times in Washington at anti-war and social action protests.Read More


Oops! Bloomberg Greets Muslims With 'Shalom'

By JTA

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accidentally addressed Muslim leaders at a Ramadan gathering with a “Shalom.”

Bloomberg apparently had intended to say “Salaam aleikum,” a traditional Arabic greeting, to those gathered at the Wednesday event at New York’s police headquarters. But instead the mayor said, “Shalom alaikum.”

“Well, it’s common to both religions,” Imam Omar Abunamous of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York told the New York Daily News. “They are the same thing. The same idea.”

Like its Arabic counterpart, the Hebrew phrase “Shalom aleichem” is a greeting that means “peace be upon you.”Read More


Facebook Won't Ax Holocaust Deniers

By JTA

Facebook, citing free speech, has rejected a request by Holocaust survivors to remove some pages that espouse Holocaust denial.Read More


Report: U.S. Should End Israel Loan Guarantees

An internal report of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State recommends terminating the U.S. loan guarantee program to Israel at the end of 2011.Read More


Judge Cuts Circumcision Ban From Ballot

By JTA

A San Francisco Superior Court judge tentatively ruled that an initiative banning circumcisions for anyone under 18 be removed from the November ballot.Read More


Joplin Synagogue Overwhelmed With Help Since Tornado Struck

By JTA

When a tornado devastated the small city of Joplin, Mo., in late May, the city’s lone synagogue was left untouched – at least, physically.Read More


Beware of Extremists Who Embrace Israel, Foxman Warns

By JTA

Jews and Israel should be wary of anti-Muslim extremists who claim to embrace Israel and Zionism, Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman said.Read More


Pollard Pleads With Envoy to Push for Release

By JTA

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard urged Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, to work for his release during the envoy’s prison visit.Read More


Zionist Group Files Complaint Against Rutgers

By JTA

The Zionist Organization of America has filed a complaint against Rutgers University alleging that the school fostered a hostile environment toward Jewish students.Read More


Abbas Urges Protests To Back Statehood Bid

By Forward Staff

President Mahmoud Abbas urged Palestinians on Wednesday to step up peaceful protests against Israel, urging “popular resistance” inspired by the Arab Spring to back a diplomatic offensive at the United Nations.Read More


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