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  • Shiloh Welcomes Shiloh

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Residents of the West Bank settlement of Shiloh voiced pleasure at having a new namesake in the daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt..

    "Residents of ancient and renewed Shiloh wish the new Shiloh good health and a productive life," community official...

  • History of UNRWA and Its Refugees

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The U.N. General Assembly established the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in 1949 as a temporary agency focused on relief work for the Palestinians. It began operating in 1950.

    Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians became refugees in the war that began when the Palestinians and...

  • Requests Swamp Israel Trip Program

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Birthright Israel has received many more applications for its upcoming trips than it has spaces available. Approximately 14,000 young Jews applied for 8,000 spots in the program's spring/summer trips this year in just the first 12 hours of registration Feb. 8.

    The organization...

  • History Behind What Makes Hamas Tick

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Hamas, which will form the next Palestinian Authority government, has an ideology that is based on the destruction of Israel through jihad, or Muslim "holy war." The group's 1988 charter states that "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as...

  • JDate a Capitol Idea

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A second U.S. congressman has been found using JDate. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) began using the Jewish online dating service in May under the screen name "jim2005ofDC," The Hill newspaper reported.

    A spokesman for the California congressman confirmed that he used the service.

    Sherman chose not to offer much information on his profile, telling one prospective female that he did not want the entry to become a news item, which happened to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) when he used JDate last year.

    Sherman, 51, is a lifelong bachelor.


  • ‘Oy Vey’  Such a Sign

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    A traffic sign with the words, "Leaving Brooklyn Oy Vey!" went up on the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. The city's Department of Transportation approved the sign earlier this month, after rejecting an earlier request from Borough President Marty Markowitz.

    "The beauty is, every ethnic group knows it," Markowitz said of the expression.


  • A Guilty Plea in AIPAC Case

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Pentagon analyst at the center of an investigation that has rocked the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will plead guilty.

    Edward Adams, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., announced last week that Lawrence Franklin had scheduled a guilty...

  • Deep Throat: Not a Jew

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Nixon was wrong on Deep Throat's Jewishness.

    A former FBI agent who outed himself as the "Deep Throat" of the Watergate scandal is not Jewish, though Nixon and his aides believed he was. Mark Felt, 91, revealed himself to Vanity Fair this week as the best-known anonymous...

  • Shin Bet Links Up & Prayers for Pesach

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Shin Bet Links Up

    Israel's Shin Bet security service went online Tuesday at www.shabak.gov.il. The Hebrew-only site contains information on the domestic intelligence agency as well as application forms for would-be agents interested in countering Palestinian terrorism or foreign...

  • Key Points in Geneva Peace Proposal

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following are some of the main points of the Geneva accord, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal launched Monday:

    A state of Palestine would be created roughly along Israel's pre-1967 borders. The two countries would recognize each other, and Palestine would end...

  • World Briefs

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pardons Not Recommended for Police

    No pardons should be given to police officers involved in quelling Israeli Arab riots in October 2000, Israeli officials said. Both Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein said the next step in examining the...

  • World Briefs

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mofaz: Army Avoids Harming Innocent Civilians

    The Israeli army does not know of a pregnant woman killed during a military raid in the Gaza Strip this week, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday. Mofaz was responding to a question during a Cabinet meeting from Justice...

  • World Briefs

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    British Cartoon Shows Sharon Eating Baby

    The Israeli Embassy in London sent a letter of protest to The Independent after the newspaper ran a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon biting the flesh of a Palestinian baby. In the cartoon, which appeared as Britain...

  • World Briefs

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Lieberman Blasts Saudis

    Saudi Arabia must reduce its support for terror or suffer the consequences, Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman said. Speaking Sunday in New York, the Connecticut senator said he told the Saudis during his recent trip through the Middle East...

  • World Briefs

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Talks on Attacks Fail

    Officials from Hamas and Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement concluded meetings in Cairo without any agreement regarding suicide attacks against Israeli civilians.

    A Hamas representative, Osama Hamdan, left Cairo on Dec. 26, telling The Associated Press that...

  • World Briefs

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Variety Comes Down on Egyptian Television

    Variety, the daily newspaper covering the entertainment industry, admonished Egyptian television in a Nov. 13 editorial for running its 41-part series called "Horseman Without a Horse," a series which is based on the anti-Semitic tract...

  • World Briefs

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Violinist Isaac Stern Dies at 81

    Isaac Stern, considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, died Saturday in New York at 81.

    He played with conductor Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic in Jerusalem soon after the 1967 Six-Day War, for Israeli soldiers...

  • World Briefs

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bye Bye Helms

    Last week, Sen. Jesse Helms, 79, announced his intention to retire when his term ends in 2002, setting off a race for his seat that is expected to be hotly contested. While the five-term Republican senator from North Carolina has earned the support of pro-Israel...

  • Hero Can’t Support Mom

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A former Swiss bank security guard who prevented the shredding of vital Holocaust-era bank records four years ago now claims he is going broke.

    In an interview with the Swiss newsmagazine Facts, California resident Christoph Meili described his financial situation as dire.

    "I have...

  • World Briefs

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Cited for Human Trafficking

    Israel and 22 other countries do not meet the minimum standards for combating traffic in sex slaves and forced laborers, according to a U.S. State Department report.

    "It is incomprehensible that trafficking in human beings should be taking...

  • World Briefs

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Buries Bomb Victims

    Israeli soldiers cry during the burial of Sgt. Ophir Kit, 19, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday. Kit and Sgt. Aviv Izak, 19, were killed last Friday when they responded to a call to help a jeep with Israeli license plates that...

  • Briefs

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    UJC Taps Tisch for Top Post

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) offered its top volunteer position to the president of UJA-Federation of Greater New York, according to a member of the UJC nominating committee.

    The source said James Tisch of New York was asked to replace fellow...

  • Briefs

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Arabs Allege Pokemon Conspiracy

    Pokemon, which includes video games, trading cards and cartoons belatedly sweeping the Arab world, has been "exposed" as standing for "I am a Jew" in Japanese and as part of a Jewish-Zionist conspiracy to turn children away from Islam.


  • Briefs

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Iran Bans Jews From U.N. Forum

    An international Jewish human rights group said it was told by an Iranian official that Jewish groups "would not be welcome" at a U.N. conference on racism and discrimination.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the forum should not be held this week...

  • Briefs

    February 8, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    Book Touts Schindler's Widow

    Oskar Schindler's widow, who was left on the sidelines in the Steven Spielberg movie about her husband, is being remembered in a new book that shows her role in rescuing thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. "She was not in Oskar's shadow. She worked...

  • Briefs

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    City Must Be Shared

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Israeli and Palestinian negotiators must find a way to share administration of Jerusalem's Old City and its holy sites "so there won't be a split and divided city and there will be free access to all." Speaking Tuesday...

  • Briefs

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Panel 'Won't Point Fingers'

    The leader of an international panel probing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence said the panel plans to visit the region several more times before issuing its report. "It's not our intention to inflame the situation," former U.S. Sen. George...