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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


One Killed, 500 Wounded in Violent Cairo Clashes

By Haaretz Service

Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s president and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo attack each other with stones, clubs, petrol bombs.Read More


Egypt Army Fires Shots as Mubarak Protesters Clash

By Haaretz Service

Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s president and anti-government demonstrators attack each other with stones, clubs; Al-Jazeera reports more than 100 hurt.Read More


Israeli Journalists Arrested in Cairo as Protests Continue

By JTA

Four Israeli journalists were arrested in Cairo as anti-government protests in Egypt turned violent.Read More


Mubarak Says He Won't Run Again; Pledges Smooth Transition

By JTA

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he would not run again and pledged a peaceful transition to his successor.Read More





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