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Knesset Will Take Break Despite Protests

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

The Knesset will break for recess this week as planned, despite calls to cancel the break due to the ongoing nation-wide protests. The question was voted on in a meeting chaired by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Only representatives from Shas and Kadima voted in favor of canceling the recess.Read More


Justin Bieber Gets Hebrew Tattoo in Israel

By JTA

Teen pop star Justin Bieber and his father got matching Hebrew tattoos during their April visit to Israel.Read More


Boy Plans Charity Swim as Bat Mitzvah Gift

By Forward Staff

An 11-year-old New York boy is reportedly planning a one-mile charity swim in the Hudson River as a special bat mitzvah gift to a friend.Read More


Peres Holds Secret Peace Talks With Palestinians

By Akiva Eldar (Haaretz)

President Shimon Peres has been holding intensive talks with Ramallah in an effort to resume negotiations and head off a unilateral Palestinian statehood bid at the UN in September.Read More


Americans' Purchase of Soccer Team Falls Through

By JTA

The purchase of a Jerusalem soccer team by two American Jews reportedly fell through.Read More


Weprin Wins Lieberman Backing in Vote for Weiner's Seat

By JTA

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) endorsed Democrat David Weprin in a New York special congressional election that has been characterized in the press as a Jewish referendum on President Obama’s Israel policies.Read More


Rabbi Arrested in Capitol Hill Protest Over Cuts

Rabbi Arthur Waskow was arrested at a prayer protest in the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to proposed budget cuts to programs for the poor.

Waskow was one of nine clergy who was arrested after refusing police orders to move while praying in the U.S. Capitol.

The clergy members called on Congress not to cut programs assisting the needy in talks aimed at passing a budget ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

Waskow, a Renewal rabbi, heads the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and has been arrested multiple times in Washington at anti-war and social action protests.Read More


Oops! Bloomberg Greets Muslims With 'Shalom'

By JTA

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accidentally addressed Muslim leaders at a Ramadan gathering with a “Shalom.”

Bloomberg apparently had intended to say “Salaam aleikum,” a traditional Arabic greeting, to those gathered at the Wednesday event at New York’s police headquarters. But instead the mayor said, “Shalom alaikum.”

“Well, it’s common to both religions,” Imam Omar Abunamous of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York told the New York Daily News. “They are the same thing. The same idea.”

Like its Arabic counterpart, the Hebrew phrase “Shalom aleichem” is a greeting that means “peace be upon you.”Read More


Facebook Won't Ax Holocaust Deniers

By JTA

Facebook, citing free speech, has rejected a request by Holocaust survivors to remove some pages that espouse Holocaust denial.Read More


Report: U.S. Should End Israel Loan Guarantees

An internal report of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State recommends terminating the U.S. loan guarantee program to Israel at the end of 2011.Read More





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