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Hamas Must Release Shalit Now, U.S. Says

By Haaretz

Hamas must immediately and unconditionally release abducted Israel Defense Solder Gilad Shalit, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Wednesday, following a New York meeting with Shalit’s father, Noam Shalit.Read More


Palestinians Officially Launch Bid for Statehood

By Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday officially launched its campaign to join the United Nations as a full member state, a move it hopes to achieve within just a few weeks.Read More


Richardson Will Visit Cuba To Seek Gross' Release

By JTA

Bill Richardson is traveling to Cuba in an attempt to free Alan Gros, the imprisoned American Jewish contractor.Read More


Abbas Won't Back Down From Statehood Bid

By Haaretz

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused Wednesday to back down from a bid to have the United Nations recognize Palestinian statehood, telling US officials the move did not contradict the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Read More


Social Justice Activists Arrested in Tel Aviv

By Haaretz

Approximately 100 social justice protesters demonstrated in front of the entrance of Tel Aviv’s City Hall Wednesday in response to the municipality’s attempt to evacuate the tent cities which were established in different neighborhoods in July. 20 protesters were forcefully arrested.Read More


California Bars Cities From Limiting Circumcision

By JTA

California’s state legislature approved a bill that would prevent the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.Read More


White House Presses Israel and Turkey To Mend Fences

The Obama administration is pressing Israel and Turkey to renew reconciliation talks.Read More


J Street Opposes Unilateral Palestinian Statehood Bid

By JTA

The liberal Jewish group J Street opposes Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood recognition through the United Nations, as well as plans to penalize the Palestinians for making the bid.Read More


Calif. Councilwoman Rebuked Over Remarks About Jews

By JTA

The remarks of a councilwoman in Santa Ana, Calif. which compared a Jewish businessman to Hitler, were publicly condemned by her colleagues.Read More


Brooklyn Voting Site Won't Move to Church

By JTA

An attempt to move a voting site to a Brooklyn church was nixed over concerns that Orthodox Jews would be disenfranchised.Read More





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