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Weprin Picked By Democrats To Run for Weiner's Seat

By Forward Staff

Queens Democrat and state assemblyman, David Weprin, is Democrats’ choice to run for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat in a special election on Sept. 13. A Republican opponent has not yet been named.Read More


Israel Tells Airlines To Bar Fly-In Protesters

By Zohar Blumenkrantz (Haaretz)

Israel has instructed foreign airlines to prevent 300 pro-Palestinian activists from boarding flights to Israel over the weekend.Read More


U.N. Palestinian Rights Official Posts Anti-Semitic Cartoon

By JTA

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on Palestinian rights is being criticized for re-posting an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal blog.Read More


Erekat: No Contradiction Between Statehood Declaration and Peace Process

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat attended a meeting with U.S. officials at the U.S. State Department Wednesday, at which U.S. officials were expected to push the PA negotiator to accept American terms for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.Read More


Romney Garners Support Among Jewish Republicans

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

For all the talk among pundits of Mitt Romney’s charisma problem, Romney’s Jewish supporters say what’s most inspiring about the Republican presidential candidate is that he actually does rather than just talk.Read More


Second Flotilla Boat Leaves Greece For Gaza

By JTA

The Swedish-flagged ship Juliano left Greece Wednesday on its way to the Gaza Strip a day after it was turned back by the Greek coast guard.Read More


Israel Gears Up To Repel Fly-In Protesters

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the country’s security services to prevent pro-Palestinian fly-in activists from entering the country.Read More


UN Criticizes Israel for Its 'Nakba Day' Actions

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

A new report of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is highly critical of Israel for its handling of incidents on the border with Lebanon on May 15 — Nakba Day. It concludes that the Israeli soldiers used disproportionate force against Lebanese demonstrators, which resulted in seven deaths.Read More


Arrests of Two Prominent Rabbis Prompt Demonstrations

By JTA

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem against the arrest of two prominent rabbis.Read More


Poll: Jewish Approval of Obama Is Steady, Despite Israel Tensions

By JTA

President Obama’s status among American Jews remains unaffected despite recent tensions with Israel’s government, according to a Gallup Poll.Read More





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