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Senate Repeals Jackson-Vanik Amednment

By Reuters

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation to punish Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to expand U.S. trade with Washington’s former Cold War enemy.Read More

Father of Woman Killed by Sandy Dies

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The father of a woman killed by a falling tree at the height of Hurricane Sandy himself died on Thursday, according to reports.Read More

JNF to Distribute Christmas Trees


The Jewish National Fund will distribute free Christmas trees to local churches, monasteries, convents, embassies and foreign journalists.Read More

Palestinians Appeal to U.N. Over E1 Plans


The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.Read More

Germany's States Push for Ban of Neo-Nazi Parties

By Reuters

The heads of Germany’s 16 federal states unanimously agreed on Thursday to push ahead with a legal bid to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) despite reservations from Chancellor Angela Merkel.Read More

Forbes: Netanyahu 23rd Most Powerful Person


President Obama for the second straight year was named the world’s most powerful person by Forbes magazine, which placed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 23rd on the list.Read More

Jordanian King Visits West Bank Amid Settlement Dispute

By Reuters

Jordan’s king visited the West Bank on Thursday in a show of support for Palestinians stung by Israel’s decision to expand settlements after their successful bid for de facto U.N. recognition of statehood.Read More

URJ Raps Israel Settlement Plan, Palestinian U.N. Move


The Union for Reform Judaism criticized Israel for its decision to build new settlement housing and the Palestinians for unilaterally seeking upgraded status at the United Nations.Read More

4 Jewish Dems in Top House Committee Slots


Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees.Read More

Gallery Defends Art Made of Holocaust Victims’ Ashes


A Swedish art gallery owner has defended his gallery’s decision to show a painting made out of Holocaust victims’ ashes as “having no moral flaws.”Read More

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