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Obama Sends 'Happy Hanukkah' Message

By JTA

President Obama wished Jews a joyous Chanukah.Read More


Leader of South Sudan Visits Israel

By JTA

The president of the new country of South Sudan arrived in Israel for a short working visit during which the possibility of repatriating Sudanese infiltrators to the country set to be discussed.Read More


Maynard Wishner, Former AJC President, Dies at 88

By JTA

Maynard Wishner, a past national president of the American Jewish Committee who also headed other Jewish groups, has died.Read More


Ron Paul Disavows Namesake Anti-Israel Newsletter

By Forward Staff

With support for Rep. Ron Paul growing in the early caucus state of Iowa, a report is calling new attention Paul’s connection to a newsletter that called Israel an “aggressive, national socialist state,” and suggested that the Mossad was responsible for the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.Read More


British Lawmaker Fired Over Nazi-Themed Party

By JTA

A British lawmaker was fired from his job working for a senior Conservative Party minister after attending a Nazi-themed party.Read More


N. Korean's Death Could Spark Iran Rift

By Haaretz

Now that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died, there’s no guarantee a new leadership will continue its longstanding alliance with renegade regimes in Iran or Syria.Read More


Leader Asks Jews To Return to Tunisia

By JTA

The interim president of Tunisia called for its Jews to return, although it was not clear if he was reflecting the Islamist-led coalition.Read More


Egyptian Islamists Vow To Respect Israel Treaty

By Haaretz

Egypt’s radical Salafi movement has announced for the first time that it intends to respect all treaties that Egypt has signed, including the peace deal with Israel.Read More


Israeli College, Cornell Will Build N.Y. Tech Center

By Haaretz

Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will partner to build an applied sciences campus in New York City that officials hope will transform the metropolis into a center for entrepreneurship and technology innovation to rival California’s Silicon Valley.Read More


Jewish Agency Sets Up Virtual Schools Network

By Haaretz

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAI) is set to launch a international virtual school network later this week, in an attempt to bolster ties between Jewish students around the world and Israel.Read More





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