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  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

  • Andrea Bronfman, Charity Giant, Killed

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Andrea Bronfman, a giant in the world of Jewish philanthropy, was killed Monday when a car struck her while she was walking her dog in Manhattan. She was 60 years old.

    "She was a Zionist -- and her parents were lovers of Israel and strong Zionists," said Marlene Post, who worked...

  • Sowing Islamic Seeds in Students

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Chairs are lined up in neat rows. Coffee is brewing, muffins arrayed. The table is thick with handouts.

    One of them is Saudi Aramco World, a magazine published by Aramco, the Saudi government-owned outfit that is the largest oil company in the world.

    "The Arab World...

  • Title VI Debate Focus on Resource Centers

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    U.S. lawmakers and academics are engaged in fierce debate over the renewal of Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

    Under Title VI, select universities get federal funding and prestigious designation as national resource centers for the study of places and languages the...

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  • What your kids are learning about Israel, America and Islam

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    With the school year back in full swing, do you know what your children are learning?

    In thousands of public school districts across the United States, without ever knowing it, taxpayers pay to disseminate pro-Islamic materials that are anti-American, anti-Israel and...

  • Textbook Battle Hits California

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The state of California is on the brink of a major election that involves neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Clint Eastwood.

    The candidates are textbooks and other teaching materials that will influence what schoolchildren across the state -- and across the United States --...

  • World Briefs

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Olympics Ban Wanted

    Jewish groups called on the International Olympic Committee to impose penalties after an Iranian athlete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for action after Iranian judokan Arash...

  • World Briefs

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judge Voids Krugel Plea Agreement

    Earl Krugel, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), might face a longer than anticipated prison sentence, after a federal judge voided a previous plea agreement.

    Krugel, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with the late Irv...

  • Briefs

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl's Father Honored

    The father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl said he is working to "turn tragedy into life-affirming" experiences. Judea Pearl made the comment Monday in New York as he was honored by the American Jewish World Service. Along with his wife, Ruth, Judea...

  • Briefs

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Shifts U.N. Policy?

    The United States abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution blasting Israel. With 14 votes and one abstention, the 15-member U.N. Security Council condemned Israel for the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern...

  • World Briefs

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel-U.S. Anti-Terror Fund Planned

    Israel and the United States hope to establish a $50 million counterterrorism research and development fund. Each country would contribute half of the fund, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon said on Tuesday. Congress and the Israeli Treasury...

  • World Briefs

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Annan to Arafat: Shape Up

    The Palestinians have failed to meet their obligations to curb terrorism, Kofi Annan said. The U.N. secretary-general used unusually blunt language in a private reply to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who had written Annan to complain...

  • World Briefs

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    State Ousted Clarke Because of Israel

    The first Bush administration forced Richard Clarke out of the State Department in 1992 because it said he ignored Israeli arms transfers to China. Clarke, a White House counterterrorism expert at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,...

  • World Briefs

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Kerry to Get Holocaust Records

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be given records about relatives who were killed during the Holocaust. The presumptive Democratic nominee recently learned that his paternal grandmother's brother and sister, both Jewish, were killed by the Nazis....

  • World Briefs

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Asks U.S. Egypt Help in Gaza

    The United States and Egypt want to know more about Israel's proposal for Egypt to help secure Gaza after an Israeli withdrawal.

    Dov Weisglass, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief of staff, and Giora Eiland, Sharon's national security...

  • World Briefs

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Foxman Presses Vatican on Film

    Abraham Foxman wants the Vatican to take a stand on Mel Gibson's controversial film on Jesus. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with Vatican officials Tuesday. He urged Vatican officials to tell bishops around the...

  • Briefs

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Annan Blasts Anti-Semitism

    In a gala dinner with U.K. dignitaries Tuesday night, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

    "No one should underestimate the depth of the scars left by the long history of persecution, pogroms, institutionalized...

  • World Briefs

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bush Suspends Embassy Move

    President Bush again suspended moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Invoking a waiver that cites national security reasons, Bush again resisted complying with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which mandated that the U.S. Embassy be moved...

  • World Briefs

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Congress passes Syria bill

    Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing penalties on Syria unless it takes action against terrorists under its control. The House of Representatives voted 408 to 8 on Thursday to approve Senate modifications to a bill the House passed in October....

  • World Briefs

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Lifts BBC Ban

    Israel said it would resume ties with the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), which recently named an ombudsman to oversee its Middle East coverage. Israeli officials long have charged pro-Palestinian bias in the BBC's coverage. Israel stopped cooperating with...

  • World Briefs

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Pressure Builds on Ford

    The Ford Foundation came under new scrutiny in Washington for funding anti-Israel groups. Following a JTA investigative series, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told a foundation official Monday that the group should stop giving grants to Palestinian and other...

  • World Briefs

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Senate Makes Malaysian Aid Conditional

    The U.S. Senate made military aid to Malaysia conditional on religious freedom, including greater tolerance of Jews. On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment to its foreign aid spending bill that would require a State Department...

  • World Briefs

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    U.S.: Sept. 11, Pearl Death Linked

    The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks is believed to be the murderer of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who American authorities now believe is behind both incidents, is in U.S. custody. Pearl, the...

  • World Briefs

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Bush: Happy Rosh Hashanah

    President Bush asked Jews to "pray for peace" in his annual Rosh Hashanah message. "May we build a future of promise and compassion for all, and may the coming year be filled with hope and happiness," Bush said in the presidential message, released...

  • World Briefs

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California Tries To Help Survivors

    State Treasurer Phil Angelides has called on 170 of California's largest financial institutions to waive wire transfer fees charged Holocaust survivors and their families for restitution payments from abroad. During a news conference at Bet...

  • World Briefs

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: P.A. Didn't Help Rescue

    The Palestinian Authority had no part in the rescue of a kidnapped Israeli taxi driver, Israeli officials said. P.A. Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas personally pledged cooperation in the efforts to locate and release Eliyahu Gurel, but a senior...

  • World Briefs

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Leader Admits to Drug Charges

    A German Jewish leader admitted to drug charges and resigned his post as vice president of the country's Jewish community. In a news conference Tuesday, Michel Friedman also asked forgiveness from the public, his colleagues and his...

  • World Briefs

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Poraz: Recognize Conversions

    Non-Orthodox conversions should be recognized in Israel, Israel's interior minister said. Avraham Poraz said Monday that the current situation -- in which Reform and Conservative conversions conducted abroad are recognized, while those performed in...

  • World Briefs

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chandra Levy Laid to Rest

    A private Jewish burial was held for Chandra Levy in California. Between 75 and 100 people attended the service, which was held just days after Washington police turned over Levy's remains to her family. The case of Levy, who disappeared in April 2001...

  • World Briefs

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel to Get Less Money

    The United States will propose $3 billion less in supplemental military aid for Israel than the Jewish State had requested. An Israeli official in Washington confirmed that Israel would be offered $1 billion as part of a U.S. war costs bill, but the...

  • World Briefs

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Pa Gibson's Comments Trouble Jews

    The father of movie star Mel Gibson minimized the Holocaust and denied that the Al Qaeda terrorist network was behind the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. In a New York Times Magazine article about the actor's upcoming movie on the...

  • World Briefs

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Snow Hits Israel

    Snow blanketed portions of Israel on Monday. Because of heavy snow in the north, the Hermon ski resort and roads leading to the Golan Heights were closed. In Jerusalem, which witnessed major traffic jams, schools closed at 2 p.m. Other parts of the country were...

  • World Briefs

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ramon Memorial Service Held

    A state memorial service for Israel's first astronaut was held at an air force base near Ben-Gurion Airport. A plane carrying Col. Ilan Ramon's remains from the United States landed Monday and was taken to the base for the ceremony. Israeli President...

  • World Briefs

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Report: Saudi Sponsorship Hidden

    Saudi Arabia's sponsorship of an anti-Israel radio campaign in the United States last year was reportedly hidden. The Saudi government, through a Washington public relations firm, Qorvis Communications, spent $679,000 alone on anti-Israel radio...

  • World Briefs

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • World Briefs

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Sentenced For Hezbollah Contacts

    A Lebanese-born Israeli was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for having contact with Hezbollah. Holon resident Nissim Nasser was convicted of having contact with a Hezbollah agent and passing information to the organization....

  • World Briefs

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Approves Six Anti-Israel Resolutions

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved six resolutions criticizing Israeli policies. Though such resolutions are passed annually, most noteworthy was the U.S. vote against a resolution condemning the Israeli law that...

  • World Briefs

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Four Israelis Killed This Week

    At least two Israelis were killed and 32 injured by a Palestinian suicide bomber at a shopping center in the city of Kfar Saba on Nov. 4. Two infants were among those wounded after the bomber set off his explosives at an electronics store in...

  • World Briefs

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Three Killed in Settlement Attack

    Three Israelis, including two teenagers, were killed by a Palestinian gunman who infiltrated a West Bank settlement Tuesday night. Linoy Saroussi and Hadas Turgeman, both 14, as well as Orna Eshel, 53, were killed when the terrorist opened fire...

  • World Briefs

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    11 Israelis Arrested as Spies for Hezbollah

    A military officer is among 11 Israelis arrested on charges of spying for Hezbollah. The lieutenant colonel in the Israeli army allegedly passed on information about Israeli deployment along the country's border with Lebanon in...

  • World Briefs

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Settlers Protest Outpost Dismantling

    Jewish settlers protested at an illegal outpost in the West Bank to oppose army plans to dismantle mobile homes there. According to witnesses, protesters beat up journalists and stoned their cars Wednesday, damaging camera equipment. At midday,...

  • World Briefs

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Princeton, MIT Professors Win Nobels

    A professor with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship is sharing this year's Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences. Daniel Kahneman, 68, based at Princeton University, is sharing the roughly $1 million prize with professor Vernon Smith, 75, of George...

  • World Briefs

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Slain Son of Columnist Buried



    More than 2,000 mourners gathered on Tuesday in Ra'nanaa's military cemetery to lay to rest Ari Weiss, a sergeant in the Nahal Brigade who was killed in a gun battle in Nabulus on Monday. Weiss, 21, was the son of Rabbi Stewart Weiss, director of...

  • World Briefs

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    LAX Shooter Had Terror Ties?

    The man who killed two people in the July 4 attack at Los Angeles International Airport told U.S. officials in the mid-1990s that Egyptian officials had accused him of being affiliated with terrorists. As a result of the disclosure made this week by...

  • World Briefs

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Would Assassinate Saddam

    Israeli officials reportedly believe that if the United States moves against Iraq, it will be to assassinate Saddam Hussein and members of his family. According to an assessment prepared for the prime minister and foreign minister, the...

  • World Briefs

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Committee Wants Inspection of Western Wall

    A U.N. group offered to inspect a portion of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that could soon collapse. It is unclear whether Israel will accept the offer from the group, which is affiliated with UNESCO. In a letter to Israeli Prime...

  • World Briefs

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Captures Hebrew U. Bombing Suspects

    Israel arrested a Hamas cell believed responsible for several suicide bombings, including one late last month at Hebrew University. The men, East Jerusalem residents whose Israeli ID cards allowed them to travel the country freely,...

  • World Briefs

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Leader in Israeli Court

    Palestinian militia leader Marwan Barghouti was charged with murder Wednesday in a Tel Aviv court. The indictment sheet described the West Bank chief of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement as an "arch-terrorist whose hands are bloodied by dozens of...

  • World Briefs

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    'Gaza First' Plan OK'd by P.A.

    The Palestinian Cabinet gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an Israeli plan for a troop withdrawal from some areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Under the plan, Israeli soldiers would withdraw from parts of Gaza and the West Bank city of Bethlehem...

  • World Briefs

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Peres to D.C.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is planning to visit Washington next week. Peres will meet with White House and State Department officials on Aug. 1. He will be in Washington at the same time as Jordan's King Abdullah, though there are no plans for the two to...

  • World Briefs

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Amnesty Blasts Suicide Attacks

    A report by Amnesty International calls Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli civilians "crimes against humanity." None of the Israeli military's actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip justify Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, the report...

  • Community Briefs

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    9th Circuit Upholds Holocaust Statute

    A federal appeals court has upheld a California law designed to aid thousands of Holocaust victims and their families in obtaining compensation from European insurance companies.

    Monday's 3-0 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals marks...

  • A Real ‘Baby Boomer’

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis are outraged by a picture of a Palestinian baby dressed as a suicide bomber. The baby was photographed wearing a mock suicide bomber's uniform, complete with sticks of fake explosives and a red headband that read Hamas. Israeli newspapers published the photograph, seized in...

  • World Briefs

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Standoff in Hebron

    About 150 Palestinian gunmen surrendered Wednesday to Israeli troops who had surrounded the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Hebron. Among the 150 were 20 Palestinians wanted by Israel for suspected terror activity. The surrender came after a tense standoff...

  • World Briefs

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    AJ Congress Halts France Trips

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) suspended its tour programs to France. The group said in an ad in Monday's New York Times that it took the move because the French government is not doing enough to crack down on anti-Semitic violence. Last...

  • World Briefs

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mariane Pearl Gives Birth to Son

    Adam D. Pearl, the son of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and his wife Mariane, was born May 28 in Paris, the family has announced.

    In a statement, the family reported that Adam weighed 5.7 pounds and that his birth "rekindles the joy, love and humanity...

  • Politics at Miss Universe Pageant

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Miss Lebanon is boycotting this year's Miss Universe pageant, saying she will not participate alongside Miss Israel. Yamit Har-Noy, a 20-year-old member of the Israel Defense Force, called Christina Sawaya's decision "very distressing." "It is only a beauty pageant," Miss Israel said of the competition, which took place May 29 in Puerto Rico. "It has nothing to do with politics." -- JTA

  • World Briefs

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chandra Levy Remembered

    More than 1,200 mourners attending the memorial service for Chandra Levy on Tuesday were greeted by the strains of Hebrew melodies, played by a quartet from the local symphony. As Chandra Levy's family -- parents Robert and Susan and 21-year-old brother Adam...

  • World Briefs

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Arafat Calls for Elections

    Israeli politicians and pundits alike were skeptical after Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat called this week for new Palestinian elections.

    Arafat called on Palestinian legislators to make "speedy preparations" for new elections, but...

  • World Briefs

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • World Briefs

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Bush Blasts Attacks

    President Bush lashed out at those responsible for a rash of anti-Semitic attacks that have taken place across Europe. "We reject the ancient evil of anti-Semitism," Bush said during a speech Tuesday, referring specifically to "those who burn synagogues in...

  • World Briefs

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Bush: PLO Can Have D.C. Office

    President Bush waived for six months a law blocking the PLO from having a Washington office. The waiver has been enacted twice a year since 1994, after the signing of the Oslo peace accords. The waiver is routine, but last Tuesday's memo said...

  • Most Americans Mistrust Saudi Peace Plan

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Only 26 percent of Americans believe the Saudi peace initiative is sincere, according to a new poll of more than 1,000 Americans. Thirty-one percent believe the Saudis launched the initiative to improve their image in the United States. Sixty-two percent of respondents believe the...

  • World Briefs

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    More Hezbollah Attacks

    The United States promised Israel it would warn Syria against an escalation along Israel's northern border. Hezbollah continued to fire mortars and anti-tank rockets into Israel from Lebanon on Monday, lightly wounding a shepherd in one attack. Israel's...

  • World Briefs

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    State Dept. Issues Warning, Recall

    The State Department Tuesday warned U.S. citizens to defer travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. "Ongoing violence has caused numerous civilian deaths and injuries, including to some American tourists," the department advisory said. "As a...

  • World Briefs

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Workers Killed

    Two U.N. observers were shot and killed, reportedly by Palestinian gunmen, in the West Bank. The members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron were using a road frequented by Israeli settlers when their car was shot at, according to Israeli military...

  • World Briefs

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Seven Killed in Bus Bombing

    A Palestinian suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded more than 30 in northern Israel on Wednesday morning. A number of Israeli Arabs were among the dead, Israel Radio reported. The bombing took place on an Egged bus near the Israeli Arab town...

  • World Briefs

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Italian Journalist Killed

    A freelance journalist was killed in Ramallah. Israeli officials said they were investigating whether Israeli or Palestinian fire caused the death Wednesday of Italian journalist Raffaele Ciriello and the wounding of a French photographer. The officials...

  • World Briefs

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Syria OKs Saudi Proposal

    Syria's president backed a Saudi plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. After making negative comments about the plan earlier in the week, Bashar Assad gave his approval during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, when he was given assurances by Saudi...

  • World Briefs

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Violence Continues, Despite Plan

    Despite the Saudi peace initiative being bandied about, violence continued in Israel. On Wednesday, a Palestinian murdered his Israeli employer at a factory in Atarot, north of Jerusalem. Also Wednesday, two Israeli police officers were wounded...

  • World Briefs

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Peres: Saudi Proposal 'Interesting'

    Shimon Peres described a peace proposal by Saudi Arabia's crown prince as "positive." In an interview with Saudi television, Israel's foreign minister said Crown Prince Abdullah's proposal for Arab League states to normalize relations with...

  • World Briefs

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Arafat: No More Arms Smuggling

    The U.S. State Department praised a letter from Yasser Arafat promising that the Palestinians would not try to smuggle weapons again. "We find it to be a positive letter, and we now look for action along the lines that he indicated in his letter,"...

  • World Briefs

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Righteous Who Saved Jews Honored

    Almost 60 years after they risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust, a Dutch couple and a one-time Polish partisan will be honored as Righteous Among the Nations on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the annual luncheon of the 1939 Club.

    Accepting...

  • World Briefs

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bush, Sharon Meet

    A year to the day since his election, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flew to Washington to meet with President George W. Bush on Wednesday night. Sharon pressed his agenda of the freezing-out of Yasser Arafat. Sharon -- who has indicated regret that didn't order the...

  • Patriots Owner Scores Big Among Jews, Too

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Kraft, Jewish businessman and philanthropist, nearly leapt through the glass window of his skybox at the Superdome in New Orleans as the clock ticked down and the 20-17 victory over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams brought the team he owns, the New England Patriots, its...

  • World Briefs

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Shooting victims die

    Two Israeli women, aged 79 and 56, died from wounds they sustained in Tuesday's Palestinian terror attack in Jerusalem. The older woman was identified as Sarah Hamburger, a resident of Jerusalem. A mother of four, Hamburger was onher way to a lecture when she...

  • World Briefs

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crown Heights Decision Overturned

    The brother of the Chasidic man killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots will fight a court decision overturning the convictions of two men. Norman Rosenbaum told JTA that he plans to fly from Australia to New York in the coming days. "I have a...

  • Trade an Arafat for a bin Laden?

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Baseball players.

    Pokemon monsters.

    Terrorists.

    What do they have in common? They're featured in trading cards.

    A line of "Anti-Terrorist Trading Cards" came on the market last month. While suspected terrorists make up the lion's share of the cards, the series also features U.S....

  • World Briefs

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sabbath Bill Makes Waves

    Israeli legislators are sparring over a bill that would change which establishments are allowed to open on the Sabbath. The bill would allow places of entertainment, such as theaters and cafes, to open on the Sabbath, while stores would shut down.

    ...

  • Bunny vs. Rabbi

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lindsey Vuolo, Playboy bunny, met her match last month: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

    The two squared off in front of an audience of more than 150 people -- about three-quarters of them men -- at Makor, a Jewish cultural center in Manhattan geared toward 20- and 30-something Jews.

    The talk...

  • World Briefs

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    U.S.: Syria willing to stop terror

    Syria reportedly said it will look into ways to shut down terrorist organizations operating out of Damascus. American officials informed Israel of the new Syrian position after Jerusalem raised the problem of terror in Syria and Lebanon...

  • Briefs

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Bush Suspends Embassy Move

    President Bush, on Monday, postponed moving the Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem for an additional six months.

    The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But presidents have been suspending...

  • World Briefs

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Arafat Complaint Filed in Belgium

    A group of Israelis filed a complaint against Yasser Arafat in Belgium. The group, called the Terror Victims Association, said the complaint against Arafat and several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and the PLO,...

  • World Briefs

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Satire to Remain on the Air

    Abu Dhabi TV said a satire depicting a bloodthirsty Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would continue to air. Officials with the satellite television station said Tuesday they had no intention of bowing to international criticism of the show,...

  • World Briefs

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Russian-American Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

    The United States and Russia plan to step up efforts to end Israeli- Palestinian violence. President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a joint statement after summit talks in Washington on Tuesday that they would be...

  • World Briefs

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Defends West Bank Incursion

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended Israeli incursions into the West Bank in a phone call with Colin Powell. Sharon told the U.S. secretary of state Wednesday that Israeli troops will not leave four Palestinian cities until Palestinians...

  • World Briefs

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Held Responsible

    Six Palestinians were killed when Israeli tanks entered a West Bank village, despite U.S. calls for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian-controlled territory. Israel said the six were killed when they opened fire on Israeli troops entering Beit Re'ema on...

  • Hate   Rock

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a list of bands that promote racist, bigoted or hateful ideas. The list Bigots Who Rock: An ADL List of Hate Music Groups identifies 541 bands, primarily based in the United States and Europe, that use hate-filled lyrics or have active links to...

  • World Briefs

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    WTC Developer Praises 'Family'

    The real estate developer who held the lease on the World Trade Center praised the Jewish communal "family" for coming together in the days following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    Speaking at a federation campaign luncheon, Larry Silverstein, a major...

  • World Briefs

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two Jews Remain in Kabul

    Only two Jews currently live in the Afghan capital of Kabul, according to the Associated Press. Ishaq Levin, 72, and Zebulon Simentov, 72, live at separate ends of the same decaying synagogue. The synagogue's sole Torah scroll was confiscated by the...

  • World Briefs

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Labor Party Candidate Claims Election Fraud

    Vote counting in elections for chairman of Israel's Labor Party was halted after one of the candidates claimed fraud.

    Current Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, who was unofficially trailing Knesset speaker Avraham Burg by 50.1...

  • World Briefs

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Five Settlers Arrested

    Israeli police arrested five residents of a settlement near Jerusalem on suspicion of stoning Palestinian cars on a local road. The five were detained after two Palestinians filed complaints about being stoned from a car driven by young Jews. Israel Radio...

  • World Brifs

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Beit Jalla Action Postponed

    Israeli military sources were quoted as saying the army had postponed a planned action in Beit Jalla by a day. The media reports said the operation, aimed at stopping Palestinian gunfire in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was delayed in part because...

  • World Briefs

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Settler Murder Retaliated

    IDF helicopters fired three to four missiles at a Palestinian security post in the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday causing no casualties, Palestinian security forces and witnesses said. The strike on the Force 17 post came just hours after Israeli...

  • World Briefs

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinians Fired at U.N. Official

    Forensic evidence released this week proved that shots fired last November at a convoy carrying the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Mary Robinson, came from a rifle used by Palestinian forces and from an area under Palestinian control....

  • World Briefs

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Prepares to Call Reservists

    The Israel Defense Force (IDF) is making preparations to call up tens of thousands of reservists abroad in the event of a major war. According to an IDF spokesman, recruitment branches have opened in nine cities, which include Los Angeles, New...

  • World Briefs

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Russian Jews Ink Prison Deal

    Representatives from a leading Jewish group will be able to visit and provide religious services to Jews held in Russian prisons, according to a new agreement.

    The pact, signed by Russian Justice Ministry officials and the Federation of Jewish...

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    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli to Sue Arafat

    An Israeli wounded in a Palestinian terrorist massacre in 1974 plans to sue Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat in the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague. Haim Asulin plans to seek $1 billion in compensation for the families of the...

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    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Initiative Launched

    A new initiative has been launched to send one or two members of every synagogue in the United States to Israel in the coming months. Dubbed "Operation Joshua," the campaign is the latest effort to show solidarity with the Jewish State.

    It is being...

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    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Infant Dies After Stoning

    An Israeli infant who was seriously wounded in a Palestinian stoning attack died from his wounds Monday.

    Five-month-old Yehuda Shoham suffered severe brain damage after the June 5 attack in the West Bank.

    A day after the stoning, Israeli settlers...

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    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Survey: Israelis Back Freeze

    A recent survey suggests that 61 percent of Israelis favor a halt to settlement construction in exchange for a truce. But some hawkish officials are warning that the governing coalition could unravel if Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agrees to a...

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    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Auschwitz Disco Ordered Closed

    The governor of the Polish province of Krakow ordered the closure of a disco located in a former tannery where inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp worked. The dance club, located about one mile from the main Auschwitz camp, opened last...

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