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U.S. House Passes New Iran Sanctions

By JTA

The U.S. House of Representatives passed new Iran sanctions and President Obama indicated he would not veto the bill.Read More


Hundreds More Prisoners To Go Free in Shalit Swap

By JTA

Israel’s Prison Service has released a list of 550 Palestinian prisoners to be released in phase two of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal.Read More


Clinton Calls Gingrich Comment Unhelpful

By Haaretz

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Newt Gingrich’s comment that the Palestinians are an “invented people” was unhelpful to the peace process.Read More


'Price Tag' Activists Clash With Israeli Soldiers

By Haaretz

Dozens of right-wing activists clashed with police officers in Jerusalem on Wednesday, amid attempts to arrest suspects linked to recent so-called price tag attacks.Read More


Tim Tebow Starts Craze With Prayer

By JTA

Denver Broncos sensation Tim Tebow is a devout Christian who celebrates touchdowns by going on one knee. Even Jews have taken to imitating his ‘Tebow-ing.’Read More


No 'Invention'! Gingrich Embraced Arafat

By Haaretz

Newt Gingrich now derides the Palestinians an ‘invented’ people. He apparently didn’t feel that way in 1993 when he was captured warmly greeting PLO leader Yasser Arafat.Read More


Dutch Withdraw Bill Banning Kosher Slaughter

By JTA

A bill to ban ritual slaughter was withdrawn by the Dutch Senate days before a scheduled vote.Read More


Day Schools Say Ex-Teacher Molested Students

By JTA

Two Jewish schools in New Jersey have contacted police about a former teacher that they say had “inappropriate sexual contact” with students.Read More


Reform Movement Biennial Opens With Mogel, Sharansky

By Forward Staff

Best-selling author Wendy Mogel and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky will be among the speakers tonight at the opening plenary of the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference. The gathering, which runs through Sunday, will also feature keynote addresses by President Barack Obama, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.Read More


Le Pen Deputy Visits Israel

By JTA

Louis Aliot, vice president of France’s National Front party, is visiting Israel to try to drum up support for Marine Le Pen in elections this spring.Read More





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