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Jews to Presbyterians: Don't Divest From Israel

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Close to 9,000 American Jews have so far signed a petition calling on the Presbyterian Church reject proposals that would divest from three companies doing business with Israel.Read More


Rabbi Accused of Stealing 96-Year-Old's Wheelchair

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A rabbi who was accused of stealing a 96-year-old’s wheelchair said he was taking leave from the rabbinate.Read More


Israeli Foreign Minister Told He May Be Indicted

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Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has been told that he may soon be indicted on charges of fraud, money laundering and break of trust.Read More


Talks With Settlers on Avoiding Demolitions

By Haaretz

Talks are underway between a group of right-wing activists and representatives of the attorney general’s office and the Prime Minister’s Office, in an effort to reach an agreement over the apartment buildings in Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood, Haaretz has learned.Read More


Settlement Hopes To Create Full University

By Haaretz

The board of trustees of the University Center of Samaria in the West Bank settlement of Ariel approved the appointment of a future president of the institution last week, on the expectation that it will get full status as an Israeli university this fall and become the first Israeli university in the West Bank. The school’s current temporary status as a “university institution,” conferred by the Israel Defense Forces, is set to expire July 15.Read More


Bill Would Allow Survivors To Sue Insurers

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A Republican and a Democrat from Florida urged Congress to act on legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to pursue civil action against insurance companies.Read More


Focus on Iran Regime Change, Exile Tells Jews

By Haaretz

Mohsen Sazegara, one of the founders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and a former Deputy Prime Minister of Iran, has called on U.S. Jews to help refocus U.S. Administration efforts away from Iran’s nuclear program and toward changing the regime.Read More


Hungary Flashmob Protests Anti-Semitism

By JTA

About 120 Hungarians donned paper yellow stars with the word “Jude” (“Jew” in German) written on them and lined up on the bank of the Danube in downtown Budapest to protest recent anti-Semitic and racist incidents in Hungary.Read More


Tel Aviv Launches Gay Pride Celebration

By Haaretz

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part on Friday in Tel Aviv’s 14th Gay Pride Parade, which will kick off from Gan Meir park, rounding up a week of gay pride events.Read More


White House Hosts Peres at Official Dinner

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President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Read More





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