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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


Elena Kagan Would Be Third Jew on Supreme Court

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Elena Kagan would make it three – three women and three Jews on the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time in its history.Read More


Kagan Is Reportedly Obama's Choice for Supreme Court

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

President Obama will reportedly nominate Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More


British Election Results Give Liberal Democrats Sway

By JTA

The inconclusive vote in Britain’s election on Thursday puts a political party considered critical of Israel in a key spot.Read More


Oren: Obama Did Not Snub Bibi

By JTA

President Obama never snubbed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s U.S. ambassador said.Read More


Arson Suspected in West Bank Mosque Fire

By JTA

Israeli firefighters said that a fire in a West Bank mosque appears to be arson; extremist Jews are suspected.Read More


Report: Dershowitz Turned Down Job as Israel's U.N. Ambassador

By JTA

Alan Dershowitz reportedly turned down an offer to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.Read More


Following Lunch With Obama, Wiesel Says Tensions Are 'Gone'

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

President Obama capped an intensive two weeks of administration make-nice with Israeli officials and the American Jewish community by hosting Elie Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist, for lunch at the White House.Read More


Young Israelis Turn To Yiddish

By Sue Fishkoff (JTA)

Nufal Levanon, a 25-year-old student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, says she rarely heard Yiddish growing up, although her Romanian-born parents both were native speakers of the language.Read More





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