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France Mulls Recognizing a Palestinian State

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France is actively considering recognizing a Palestinian state, along with other European neighbors.Read More


Report: U.S. Plans Sanctions on Syria, Amid Brutal Crackdowns

By Haaretz Service

The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.Read More


In Israel, Wave of Vandalism Hits Non-Orthodox Synagogues

By David Sheen (Haaretz)

A Netanya Conservative and Reform house of worship has become the target of stone-throwing attacks, allegedly by ultra-Orthodox youths waging a battle to scare the congregants into leaving.Read More


Netanyahu, Zuckerberg, Giffords Named to 'Time 100' List of Most Influential People

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Mark Zuckerberg and Gabrielle Giffords are among Time magazine’s list of the most influential people of the year.Read More


Secular Israelis Form Group To Stave Off Orthodox 'Invasion'

By Gili Cohen (Haaretz)

A notice on the bulletin board in the old commercial center of Ramat Aviv suggests holding a Passover seder in the local Chabad center. Another recommends an “unprecedented” overall ritual Passover cleansing, including the bathroom, kitchen utensils and electric appliances.Read More


Helen Thomas Cancels Appearance at Anti-Aipac Gathering

By JTA

Helen Thomas has cancelled her participation in a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC’s annual gathering.Read More


Helen Thomas, Mearsheimer, Walt To Address 'Move Over Aipac' Conference

By JTA

Helen Thomas, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are scheduled to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC’s annual gathering.Read More


Two Palestinian Teens Arrested in Fogel Family Murder

By JTA

Two teenage Palestinians from a West Bank village have been arrested in the murders of five members of the Fogel family in a West Bank Jewish settlement.Read More


Obama 'Prays for Peace' in Passover Message

By JTA

President Obama in his Passover message “prayed for peace” for Israel while calling for the alleviation of injustice against those “not yet free” in the Middle East.Read More


U.S. Senate Calls on U.N. To Rescind Goldstone Report

By JTA

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report.Read More





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