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John Kerry Seeks To Bring Turkey Into the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

By Haaretz

Will Turkey join the attempt to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians? According to the Hurriyet Daily News, during a brief stay inTurkey scheduled to begin Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isexpected to offer Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an active rolein the peace process due to his country’s good relations with andits influence on Hamas.Read More


Archeological Dig in Cologne Unearths Ancient Jewish History and Exposes Layers of Prejudice

By Haaretz

“We are fighting over history here,” said Dr. Sven Schuette, as we toured an archaeological dig in this city in western Germany in late March. “They claim the Jews fell from the sky, that they are merely guests here, who came and left. But what can you do, the findings we discovered in the field prove otherwise,” he added excitedly, as he pointed out the ancient synagogue and ritual bath that were uncovered in the heart of the city in recent years.Read More


Polish President Sponsors Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration

By Haaretz

Polish President Bronisław Komorowski this week announced his sponsorship of events commemorating the 70th anniversay of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Nazis’ destruction of Warsaw’s Great Synagogue.Read More


No Deal in Sight on Final Day of Iran Nuclear Talks

By Reuters

Six world powers and Iran met for a second day on Saturday with scant hope of striking a breakthrough deal to ease concern that Tehran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons capability, a dispute that could escalate into a new Middle East war.Read More


Religious Leaders Unite for LGBT Rights in Immigration Reform Bill

By Seth Berkman

As momentum builds in Congress for LGBT equality, locally, in New York, nearly 100 local interfaith leaders have signed a letter to Senator Charles Schumer to include equal protection for LGBT families in immigration reform legislation.Read More


Majority of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

By Reuters

For the first time, a majority of Americans back legalizing marijuana, marking significant changes in public opinion toward the drug, especially among the young, a survey by the Pew Research Center showed on Thursday.Read More


West Bank Settlements Matched Tel Aviv for Home Building, Despite Smaller Population Rise

By Arik Mirovsky/Haaretz

Housing construction in the West Bank matched the number of units built in Tel Aviv between 1996 and 2008 while its population grew at just half the rate of Tel Aviv’s, according to a study carried out for the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning.Read More


Hamas Urges U.N. to Resume Work in Gaza as Unrest Rises

By Reuters

Islamist group Hamas on Friday urged a United Nations agency to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip, accusing the world body of over-reacting by shutting down after its headquarters was stormed by demonstrators.Read More


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Oscar Winner, Dies at 85

By Reuters

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, author of “Heat and Dust” and many other books set in India, died on Wednesday at the age of 85, her Los Angeles agent said.Read More


French Chief Rabbi Gilles Berhnheim Admits Lifting Passages for Book

By Anne Cohen

Gilles Bernheim, The Chief Rabbi of France has admitted that he plagiarized parts of his book, “Forty Jewish Meditations. “Read More


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