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Oren Is Busy Explaining Israel to U.S. — and Vice Versa

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Tweeted, a diplomat’s job would look something like this: Explain home abroad, explain abroad home.Read More


Google Launches 'Palestinian Territories' Domain

By JTA

Google launched a Palestinian domain with the words “Palestinian Territories” added to its logo.Read More


First-Ever Jew Elected to Fatah Party Council

By JTA

A former Israeli Jew was elected to the Palestinian Fatah Party’s governing body.Read More


Israeli-Born Children of Foreign Workers Present Quandary for Jewish State

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

The round-faced boy given the unusual first name of Rabbi by his Filipino parents was born 11 years ago in Israel and has never known another home. He speaks only Hebrew and has never traveled to the Philippines, but along with some 1,100 other children of foreign workers without work permits in Israel, the boy faces possible deportation along with his family.Read More


Former Hadassah Exec Says She Had an Affair With Madoff

By JTA

A former chief financial officer at Hadassah is claiming that she had an affair with Bernard Madoff.Read More


Josef Burg, Yiddish Author, Is Dead at 97

By JTA

The award-winning Yiddish author Josef Burg has died at the age of 97 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.Read More


Conservative Rabbi Files Suit Challenging Georgia’s Kosher Laws

By Sue Fishkoff (JTA)

A Conservative rabbi in Georgia is challenging the constitutionality of his state’s kosher law, saying it favors Orthodox religious standards and constitutes state entanglement in religion.Read More


Israel Warns Nationals To Leave Sinai Peninsula

By Haaretz

Israel on Tuesday issued a travel warning for its nationals visiting the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, advising them to leave the area immediately.Read More


Convicted Barghouti Voted to Fatah’s New Leadership

By JTA

Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison, was among those elected to the Palestinian Fatah Party’s new leadership.Read More


Jewish Leader Endorses Republishing 'Mein Kampf'

By JTA

A German Jewish leader has endorsed publication of an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”Read More





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