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U.N. UPDATE: Racism Conference Flops Amid Boycott

By Nathan Guttman

For the U.N. organizers, it was one of the key events of this years’ gathering and as such it was hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and given the General Assembly main hall as a venue. But the conference drew little attention inside the U.N. and was overshadowed by discussions regarding the Palestinian issue.Read More


U.N. UPDATE: Palestinians Protest Obama's Speech

By Haaretz

Dozens of Palestinians gathered outside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office in Ramallah on Thursday, protesting U.S. President Barack Obama’s opposition to their bid to gain recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations.Read More


U.S. General Says Egypt Is Committed to Peace

By JTA

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Jewish audience that Egypt’s leaders are committed to maintaining the peace with Israel.Read More


U.N. UPDATE: American Jewish Groups Split on Speech

By Haaretz

It was quite clear that U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech, which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he “would sign with both hands,” would draw mixed reactions. Its failure to go into details about the Israeli-Palestinian issue was assumed to be due to a combination of re-election concerns and those of slipping Jewish support.Read More


Yachimovich Elected New Leader of Labor Party

By JTA

Israel’s Labor Party elected Shelly Yachimovich as its new leader.Read More


Yachimovich Wins Fight To Lead Labor Party

By Forward Staff

Shelly Yachimovich, a former reporter, has won the leadership of Israel’s Labor Party, beating ex-union leader Amir Peretz, Israeli TV reported.Read More


U.N. UPDATE: Palestinians Disappointed by Obama Speech

By Haaretz

A senior Palestinian official voiced disappointment at U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, saying he had hoped for an expression of support for Palestinian freedom.Read More


Obama Campaign Highlights Israel Support in Call

By Nathan Guttman

Democratic Party leaders touted the president’s U.N. address the same day in a conference call for hundreds of Jewish activists.Read More


Israeli Baby Hurt in West Bank Unrest

By JTA

An Israeli baby sustained a head injury as Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers ahead of the Palestinians’ imminent statehood bid at the United Nations.Read More


U.N. UPDATE: Palestinians Say Statehood Only Peaceful Option

By Haaretz

Senior Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said Wednesday that the Palestinians’ statehood bid at the United Nations is the only alternative to violence, stressing that the UN move will give the Palestinians the change to promote their rights.Read More





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