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  • Appeals court hears claims in Adelson v. NJDC lawsuit

    JTA

    3 weeks ago

    A federal appeals court heard arguments in a bid by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against the National Jewish Democratic Council and two of its formal principals.

    Arguments in the 2nd Circuit on Thursday focused on whether a hyperlink in an...

  • Bill would link funding for Palestinians to incitement

    JTA, News Brief

    January 16, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    A bill introduced by the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee would link assistance to the Palestinian Authority to its efforts to stop incitement.

    Under the bill presented Wednesday by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the president would have to determine that the...

  • Sharon’s unfinished business

    By Uriel Heilman, JTA

    January 15, 2014 | 10:32 am

    When I first heard about Ariel Sharon’s stroke — the first one, a minor brain attack about four weeks before he suffered the massive hemorrhage that would leave him comatose for the final eight years of his life — I was having dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant with a colleague from...

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  • Sanctions support grows

    Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 15, 2014 | 10:28 am

    More than half the U.S. Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of senators...

  • France may ban black comedian for anti-Semitic jibes

    Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor, Reuters

    December 27, 2013 | 7:36 pm

    France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday.

    He said his ministry is studying legal ways to ban shows by...

  • In France, quasi-Nazi salute may evade long arm of the law

    Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

    December 25, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    To outsiders, they seem like ordinary men striking macho poses for the camera. But there is a dark side to the photos that are appearing with growing frequency in the French media.

    The men — and less frequently women — are performing the “quenelle,” a gesture vaguely similar to...

  • Edgar Bronfman, philanthropist and Jewish communal leader, dies at 84

    JTA, News Brief

    December 24, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Saturday at the age of 84.

    As the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, Bronfman fought for Jewish rights worldwide and led the successful fight to secure more than a...

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