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U2's Bono Makes Surprise Trip to Israel

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U2 lead singer Bono is on a personal visit to Israel.Read More


U2's Bono Makes Surprise Trip to Israel

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U2 lead singer Bono is on a personal visit to Israel.Read More


Israeli Writers Will Call on PEN To Rebuke Günter Grass

By Haaretz

The Hebrew Writers Association in Israel on Monday denounced a controversial poem by Nobel Literature laureate Gunter Grass in which he criticizes Israel for threatening to attack Iran. The writers association said it would ask International PEN, a worldwide body of writers, to “publicly distance itself from Grass’ remarks and to come out against all expressions of delegitimization against Israel and the Jewish people.”Read More


Congressmen Decry Helen Thomas Award

By Haaretz

The award given to controversial journalist Helen Thomas by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sparked anger not only in Israel, but in the U.S. Congress as well. Two senior congressmen sent Abbas a letter denouncing the award and hinting that such a move may hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.Read More


White House: No Plans for Pollard Clemency

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The White House announced that its position has not changed on Jonathan Pollard, hours after Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a personal letter to President Obama requesting clemency.Read More


Israel Skeptical About Syria Truce Prospects

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Israeli officials are very skeptical the Syrian government and opposition will stick to the cease-fire that UN envoy Kofi Annan hopes will take hold on Tuesday.Read More


Peres Writes Obama Over Pollard Clemency

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Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a personal letter to President Obama requesting clemency for Jonathan Pollard.Read More


Jewish Students Get Fake Eviction Notices

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More than 200 Jewish students at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus received fake eviction notices from a pro-Palestinian group.Read More


Biden Will Speak at Conservative Meeting

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Vice President Joe Biden will address the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.Read More


Holocaust Museum To Honor Burma Dissident

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The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will honor Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democracy movement in Myanmar, also known as Burma.Read More





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