Jewish Journal

  • Diplomat’s removal not due to threats, State Dept. says


    May 31, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    The U.S. State Department denied that the removal of one of its diplomats from Bahrain was due to threats.

    Ludovic Hood, a human rights officer, left...

  • Obama meets with Polish Jewish leaders


    May 31, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    President Obama met with Polish Jewish leaders and laid a wreath at the Warsaw Ghetto monument during his visit to Poland.

    Obama began his May 27 visit...

  • Rabbi files lawsuit against D.C. elections board


    May 31, 2011 | 10:06 am

    An Orthodox rabbi in Washington and two of his congregants have filed a class-action suit against the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics....

  • Battle over circumcision shaping up in California

    By Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    May 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    In November, San Franciscans will vote on a ballot measure that would outlaw circumcision on boys under the age of 18.

    Although experts say it is highly...

  • Top UN official: U.S. veto would block vote on Palestinian statehood

    By The Associated Press via Haaretz

    May 27, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    The president of the United Nations General Assembly said Friday there is no way that a Palestinian state could become a member of the United Nations without a recommendation from the Security Council.

    Joseph Deiss told a news conference that if the United States or any other permanent council member used its veto, the General Assembly would not be able to vote on membership for Palestine.

    The Palestinian UN Observer Mission had no immediate comment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Senate confirms Shapiro as U.S. ambassador to Israel


    May 27, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Daniel Shapiro as America’s next ambassador to Israel.

    Shapiro was nominated to the post in March by President Obama. At the time he was serving as senior director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. He had coordinated Jewish outreach for the Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    The president’s nomination of Shapiro was praised by a wide range of Jewish groups.

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