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Canadian Activists Plan Israel Boycott of Sears

By JTA

A pro-Palestinian group in Canada has called for a boycott against Sears because it carries Israeli products.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Army Exemption Continues for Now

By JTA

The Israeli government will have to extend the Tal Law, which allows yeshiva students to delay their military service, until new legislation can be drafted, the country’s Interior Minister said.Read More


Peres Calls Nuclear Iran a 'Catastrophe' for Israel

Israeli President Shimon Peres said Thursday that an Iranian regime with nuclear weapons would be a “catastrophe”, and stressed that Israel has the right to defend itself.Read More


Sasha Baron Cohen Can't Dress as 'Dictator'

By JTA

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen will be banned from the Academy Awards if he arrives at the Red Carpet dressed as The Dictator, a character from his upcoming film.Read More


Big Difference

J.J. Goldberg, in the course of his incisive (and entertaining) column on the New York Jewish Community Relations Council’s annual congressional breakfast (“Bagels and Iran: The Congressional Breakfast,” February 3), feels obliged to parse for the perplexed the difference between public-affairs groups like the JCRC and fund-raising-and-allocations bodies such as the UJA-Federation: The Federation is Park Avenue liberal and Armani; the JCRC is middle-class, polyester, and black yarmulke.Read More


Iran: Terror Accusations Are Part of Israel's 'War Game'

By Haaretz

Iran submitted a letter of protest to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, charging Israel of attacking its nuclear scientists and coloring recent accusations of Tehran’s links to attempted attacks against Israeli officials worldwide as being part of a “war game” against the Islamic Republic.Read More


Gingrich To Address AIPAC

By JTA

Newt Gingrich will address the AIPAC policy conference.Read More


Iran Nuclear Talks Make Scant Progress

By JTA

Talks between the United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iran on an agreement to monitor the latter’s nuclear program have ended without progress.Read More


Mets Can Bar Kosher Franks on Shabbat

By JTA

The New York Mets can prevent a kosher food vendor from selling its wares on Shabbat, a federal judge ruled.Read More


McCain Says U.S. and Israel Differ on Iran Threat

By JTA

The United States and Israel clearly have daylight in their assessment of the threat posed by Iran, U.S. Sen. John McCain said in Jerusalem.Read More





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