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Top Congress Stories Include Weiner, Giffords

By Forward Staff

Three Jewish stories made Politico’s end-of-year list of the Top 10 Congressional stories of 2011.Read More


Lieberman Says Palestinian People No 'Invention'

By Forward Staff

Sen. Joe Lieberman rejected Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s claim that Palestinians are an “invented” people, calling their existence a “reality.”Read More


Palestinians Raise Flag at UNESCO Ceremony

By JTA

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at a ceremony marking its entrance into the United Nations cultural agency.Read More


Just One Minister Attends Meeting on Israeli Women

By Haaretz

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar was the only minister to attend a ministerial meeting Tuesday to discuss the increasing exclusion of women from the public sphere.Read More


New Yorker Editor Slams Gingrich Remark

By Haaretz

Newt Gingrich’s claim that Palestinians are an ‘invented people’ is alarming and reflects the GOP frontrunner’s mercurial personality, says New Yorker editor David Remnick.Read More


Ambassador Vows Israel–Egypt Treaty Will Be Preserved

By Haaretz

Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, told reporters on Monday that he was “sure that the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel will be preserved.”Read More


Bibi Convenes Meeting After Settlers Vandalize Base

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency discussion with Israeli defense officials on Tuesday, following an attack by right-wing activists on an IDF base in the West Bank.Read More


Congressional Panel Agrees on New Iran Sanctions

By Forward Staff

U.S. lawmakers agreed Monday to impose new sanctions on Iran.Read More


Israeli Task Force Could Enforce Gender Equality

By Haaretz

The outcry over the disappearance of women from the public eye has reached the Knesset, where the Committee on the Status of Women will discuss the issue Tuesday morning and set up a task force to consider imposing sanctions against businesses that discriminate against women.Read More


Facing Eviction, Settlers Vandalize IDF Base

By Haaretz

Fifty settler youth entered a central West Bank military base early Tuesday morning, threw rocks, vandalized military vehicles, and caused general mayhem. The settlers were acting in response to a rumor that the IDF would act to evict West Bank settlement in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling August.Read More





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