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Ex-President's Rape Conviction Is Upheld

By JTA

Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the rape conviction of former President Moshe Katsav.Read More


Penn State Rocked: Paterno, Spanier Fired

By Forward Staff

Students rioted in the streets of State College, Pa., Wednesday night after Penn State’s board fired revered football coach Joe Paterno, who has been caught up in a spiralling child sex scandal involving a former top assistant coach.Read More


Palestinians Face Defeat on Statehood Bid at U.N.

By Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority has conceded defeat in its effort to have the state of Palestine recognized by a majority of the UN Security Council. The Palestinians learned on Tuesday that Bosnia planned to abstain in a vote on the issue, leaving the PA with only eight supporters, when nine are needed.Read More


Diplomats Expect Iran Attack by End of Year

By Haaretz

High-level British government officials believe that Israel will launch a military attack on Iranian nuclear sites within two months. Sources in the British government say that there is a consensus understanding that Israel will try to damage or destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities with American logistical support.Read More


Retreating Dead Sea Poses Land Question

By Haaretz

The retreat of the Dead Sea is a problem not only for environmentalists, but for the Civil Administration’s legal experts who must establish who owns the land uncovered by the receding coastline.Read More


New York Federation Reaps Record $44 Million

By JTA

A record $44 million was pledged at the inaugural event of UJA-Federation of New York’s 2012 annual campaign.Read More


Circumcision Ban Ballot Fight Costs $100,000

By JTA

The successful fight to remove a circumcision ban from a San Francisco ballot cost the measure’s opponents nearly $100,000.Read More


Knesset May Limit Foreign NGO Funding

By JTA

A Knesset committee will vote on two bills imposing restrictions on foreign funding to nongovernmental organizations in Israel.Read More


Bibi: We Were Right on Iran

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to stop the Iranian race toward nuclear weapons on Wednesday, a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report stating that Tehran had been working continuously to obtain a nuclear weapon since 2003.Read More


At Rabin Event, Peres Calls on Palestinians To Talk

By Haaretz

Middle East peace will be achieved with direct talks between Palestinians and Israel, not through unilateral action at the United Nations, President Peres said at the annual memorial commemorating the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem.Read More





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