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J Street Conference Reveals Growing Coordination on the Left

By Eric Fingerhut (JTA)

Left-wing advocates of a two-state solution and a greater U.S. role in the peace process are joining forces in support of what they hope will be a groundbreaking conference this October in Washington.Read More

Police Officers Injured in Jerusalem Riots

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Riots in Jerusalem over the recent arrest of an ultra-Orthodox woman suspected of starving her 3-year-old son escalated as demonstrators concluded their third consecutive day of violent protests with no indication that they were planning to ease up.Read More

In Wake of Riots, Jerusalem Mayor Halts City Services to Two Haredi Enclaves

By Jonathan Lis and Yair Ettinger (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat ordered his municipality on Wednesday to halt all services to the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Geula and Mea Shearim. The move comes amid violent protests in those neighborhoods following the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox woman suspected of starving her 3-year-old son.Read More

What Israel Wants in Return for a Settlement Freeze

By Leslie Susser (JTA)

The fact that Israel and the United States have yet to reach an agreement on Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank is as much a question of wider Middle East concerns as about the settlement issue itself. The Israelis want to use the freeze as leverage for Arab moves toward normalizing ties with the Jewish state. Imposing a full settlement freeze is a strong card the Israeli administration is reluctant to play until it sees something tangible from the Arab side, such as Arab countries allowing Israeli civilian flights over their territories or opening up economic interest sections in IsraelRead More

Israeli Drug Company Recalls Anethetic Linked to Michael Jackson's Death


An Israeli pharmaceutical company has recalled two batches of an anesthetic drug connected to the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death.Read More

Al-Jazeera Banned in the West Bank


The Qatar-based Arabic news channel was banned in the West Bank by the Palestinian Authority Wednesday, after the government accused it of incitement for broadcasting allegations against PA President Mahmoud Abbas, according to news reports.Read More

Study: Day School Lay Leaders, Boards Are Too Weak

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

“We can’t just blindly throw money at our problems,” Scott Goldberg says at a lunch meeting at Yeshiva University’s mid-Manhattan campus, referring to the economic crisis that is imperiling the country’s Jewish day school system. “None of us can afford to do that in this economy,” Goldberg, the head of YU’s Institute of University-School Partnership, tells education officials and journalists Monday in a meeting to introduce a new study on the governance of day schools.Read More

Maccabiah Opening Features U.S. Olympian Jason Lezak


U.S. Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak lit the torch at the opening ceremonies of the 18th Maccabiah Games.Read More

Retrial Requested for Convicted Accomplices in Halimi Murder


France’s justice minister requested an appeal of the prison terms given to gang members who abetted the murder of a French Jew.Read More

Nazi Guard Demjanjuk Indicted in Munich


Convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk was formally charged with being an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews.Read More

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