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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...

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