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IDF: Troops Must Attend Events Where Women Sing

By JTA

Religious Israel Defense Forces soldiers will not be excused from official military ceremonies at which women sing, according to an official ruling.Read More


Eric Cantor: 'I Care About the Poor'

By Forward Staff

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, asked in a nationally televised interview why most Jews are Democrats, invoked the idea of tikkun olam, the Jewish mandate to repair the world, which the Virginia Republican called “a very charitable concept.”Read More


Kosher Shredded Cheese Is Recalled

By JTA

The World Cheese Company, producer of Haolam and Miller’s kosher cheese products, issued a voluntary recall of some shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant.Read More


Erekat: Peace Talks Require Settlement Halt

By Forward Staff and Haaretz

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that peace talks are contingent on a halt to West Bank settlement construction — and that he doesn’t expect any major progress to come out of his talks with an Israeli envoy, unless Israel agrees to that condition.Read More


Fox Apologizes for Jesus Poll

By JTA

The Latin American division of Fox has apologized for a poll which asked whether Jews killed Jesus.Read More


Palestinians Plan Major New Diplomatic Offensive

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Isaac Molho will meet with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under “a real international siege.”Read More


Israeli Men and Women Join Bus Protests

By Haaretz

Hundreds of men and women boarded gender-segregated buses in Jerusalem and Ramat Gan on Sunday, in protest of the exclusion of women from the public sphere and against the segregation of men and women in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.Read More


Yaffa Yarkoni, Singer for Israeli Army, Dies at 86

By JTA

Veteran Israeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni, who entertained Israeli troops for decades beginning in 1948, has died.Read More


New Year's Push for Resumption of Peace Talks

By Haaretz

Jordan and the Quartet on the Mideast are working to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, sources indicated on Sunday, ahead of a January 26 Quartet deadline for the resumption of direct negotiations.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Denounced for Holocaust Imagery

By Haaretz

Israeli politicians responded to Saturday night‘s ultra-Orthodox demonstration in Jerusalem’s Kikar Hashabbat (Sabbath Square), with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni expressing outrage over protesters use of Holocaust symbolism to protest what they termed the exclusion of Haredim.Read More





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