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White House Calls on Cuba To Release Gross

By JTA

The White House called on Cuba to release Alan Gross.Read More


Small Earthquake Strikes Israel

By JTA

A small earthquake was felt in Israel, mainly on the coastal plain.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which stuck just moments before noon Sunday, was located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 44 miles northwest of Tel Aviv and 49 miles west-southwest of Haifa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The temblor, which measured 4.1, was felt from the lower Galilee to Raanana and along the coastal plain. No damage or injuries were reported.

In April, an earthquake centered near Crete measuring 6.0 was felt throughout Israel.Read More


Knesset Holds Emergency Session Over Growing Protests

By Ilan Lior and Gili Cohen (Haaretz) and Jonathan Lis

The Knesset has decided to break temporarily from its summer recess and hold a special session to discuss the growing social protests across Israel, at the request of the opposition parties.

The session will take place either this Wednesday or on the following Monday. Some members of the opposition, are pushing to convene the meeting next week in order to keep the protests alive.Read More


Wexler Urges Obama To Release Pollard

By JTA

Robert Wexler, one of President Obama’s closest Jewish confidantes, urged him to release Jonathan Pollard.Read More


Cuban Court Upholds Prison Sentence for Gross

By JTA

Cuba’s Supreme Court upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor held for what the Obama administration has said was his Jewish outreach.Read More


Palestinians Say East Jerusalem Settlements Deepen Occupation

By Akiva Eldar (Haaretz)

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned on Friday Israel’s recent decision to expand the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, saying Netanyahu’s government is “determined to invest solely in the entrenchment of the occupation, rather than peace.”Read More


Amy Winehouse's Home Will House Foundation

By Forward Staff

Amy Winehouse’s home will be turned into the headquarters of a new foundation named in her honor, her parents said.Read More


Livni Blasts Bibi for Handling of Cost of Living Protests

By Jonathan Lis and Gili Cohen (Haaretz)

Opposition Leader MK Tzipi Livni criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting of the Kadima Party on Friday morning for not responding to the substance of the cost of living protests that have engulfed the country over the last three weeks.Read More


Jewish Groups Praise Genocide Prevention Plan

By JTA

Jewish groups praised President Obama’s initiative to develop a strategy to prevent genocide.Read More


Facing Vote, Weprin Coy About Endorsing Obama

By JTA

David Weprin, the Democrat running to replace disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, declined for now to endorse President Obama’s reelection.Read More





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