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Alan Gross's Wife 'Heartbroken' He's Still Jailed

By Forward Staff

Judy Gross says the family is ‘heartbroken’ that Alan Gross won’t be released from a Cuban jail, depite an amnesty that will see nearly 3,000 prisoners freed.Read More


Bibi Vows Action To Protect Israeli Women

By Haaretz

In recent weeks, the central Israel town of Beit Shemesh has seen increased violence by ultra-religious men, attacking women and girls, who they feel have been dressed in an immodest manner.Read More


Israeli Car Comes Under Fire on West Bank

By Haaretz

Around noon on Saturday, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle near the Ma’ale Shomron settlement in the West Bank.Read More


Congress Warns Palestinians on Statehood

By JTA

A newly passed congressional appropriations bill maintains the level of assistance for Israel while conditioning funds for the Palestinians on them dropping their statehood recognition bid.Read More


Stolen Menorah Replaced With Bigger One

By JTA

A menorah stolen from a New Jersey park was replaced with a larger one.Read More


Ron Paul Warned of Omnipotent Israel Lobby

By JTA

A 1993 subscription letter appearing above Ron Paul’s signature said the “Israeli lobby plays Congress like a cheap harmonica,” warned of a “race war” and said there was a gay-led cover up of AIDS.Read More


Palestinian Unity Will Spur Mass Protests: Hamas

By JTA

Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.Read More


New York Rabbi Leads Interfaith Mission to Israel

By Forward Staff

The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is leading an interfaith group of 16 New York religious leaders on a mission to Israel and the West Bank.Read More


Exhibit Spotlights Cuban Jews in Holocaust

By JTA

An exhibit focusing on the Cuban-Jewish experience of the Holocaust opened at a Havana synagogue.Read More


Jerusalem Mayor Blasted for Proposing Split City

Right-wing lawmakers lashed out Friday at a statement attributed to Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat and reported by Haaretz earlier in the day, according to which Israel should relinquish Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods beyond the separation barrier.Read More





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