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Federations Want Pope To Push for Gross Release

By JTA

The Jewish Federations of North America is urging Pope Benedict XVI to seek the release of Alan Gross during the pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba.Read More


Texas Jewish Hoops Team Loses Shabbat Appeal

By JTA

A Texas school association voted a second time not to reschedule a state tournament semi-final game so that an Orthodox high school can play.Read More


Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Media Personality, Is Dead

By Forward Staff

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative commentator, author and media entrepreneur, died Thursday, March 1, according to a company spokesman. He was 43, and died “unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles,” a statement published on Breitbart.com said.Read More


U.S. Military Chief Touts Plans for Iran Strike

By Haaretz

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz said Wednesday that Washington has prepared military options to strike Iran’s nuclear sites should conflict erupt, Bloomberg reported.Read More


Two Ramallah TV Stations Shuttered in Raid

By Haaretz

Israeli officials shut down two Palestinian television stations in Ramallah early Wednesday morning, after the Israel Defense Forces said they were operating without a license on frequencies that could disrupt communications with planes taking off and landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.Read More


Hundreds Gather To Remember Slain Settler Family

By JTA

Hundreds gathered in the West Bank community of Itamar to mark the first yahrzeit for the five slain members of the Fogel family.Read More


British Politician Quits Over Israel Comment

By JTA

British peer Jenny Tonge resigned as party whip of the Liberal Democrats after saying that Israel would not survive for long in its present form.Read More


Arab-Israeli Judge Refuses to Sing Anthem

By Haaretz

Right-wing MKs slammed Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran on Wednesday, after he refused to sing the national anthem at the retirement ceremony of Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch.Read More


Palestinian TV Station Knocked Off Air by Israel

By JTA

A Palestinian television station in the West Bank went off the air following a raid by Israeli soldiers.Read More


Daniel Pearl Is 'Baptized' in Mormon Rite

By JTA

Daniel Pearl was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a prominent deceased Jew discovered to have been baptized posthumously in recent weeks.Read More





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