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Biblical Scholar Moshe Greenberg Dies

By JTA

Moshe Greenberg, one of Judaism’s pre-eminent biblical scholars, has died.Read More


Chomsky To Lecture Palestinians Via Video After Denied Entrance To Israel

By JTA

Jewish-American professor Noam Chomsky will lecture to Bir Zeit University students via video conference from Amman, after being denied entry into Israel and the West Bank.Read More


Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Concerts After Protests

By Nathan Guttman

Activists advocating a cultural boycott of Israel scored a major victory this weekend as musician Elvis Costello announced he was canceling his scheduled performances in Israel due to Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians.Read More


American Jewish Studies Begin To Make Their Way to Israeli Schools

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

The Jews of America may be the largest Jewish community in the Diaspora, but that does not mean Israeli schoolchildren learn much about themRead More


Iran Exchanges Nuclear Fuel in Turkey

By JTA

Iran has agreed to ship some of its uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel exchange.Read More


Chomsky Compares Israel to 'Stalinist Regime' After Denied Entry

By Amira Hass (Haaretz)

The Interior Ministry refused to let linguist Noam Chomsky into Israel and the West Bank on Sunday. Chomsky, who aligns himself with the radical left, had been scheduled to lecture at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, and visit Bil’in and Hebron, as well as meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and various Palestinian activists.Read More


Plea Bargain for Haredi Mother Accused of Starving Son

By Liel Kyzer (Haaretz)

The state prosecution and defense attorney’s of the Haredi woman charged with systematically starving her 3-year-old son reached a plea bargain on Thursday in which the woman would confess to the crimes alleged to her and serve only three years under house arrest.Read More


Obama Authorizes $205 Million for Israel's Missile Defense System

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The Obama administration authorized $205 million to allow Israel to complete its Iron Dome short-range missile defense system.Read More


Israel Studies Confab in Toronto: A Venue for Politics by Other Means

By Gal Beckerman

Is it inevitable and altogether obvious that a scholarly conference devoted to Israel studies should be laden with politics? Academia, in its most classical Platonic ideal, confines itself to description and analysis, not to the prescriptive and hypothetical. And yet here, in Toronto, where the annual gathering of the Association for Israel Studies is taking place, politics intrudes at every moment. The language might be more lofty — “empirical” or “normalized” — but the debates at their core are that same old slugfest of left versus right.Read More


U.S. Jewish Leaders Urge Netanyahu To Withdraw Conversion Bill

By JTA

Jewish leaders sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging the withdrawal of a proposed conversion bill it called “disastrous to the unity of the Jewish people.”Read More





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