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  • House bill makes cemetery vandalism a violation of religious freedom

    February 10, 2014 | 4:22 pm

    A bill that would make the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    On Monday, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced  the Protect Cemeteries Act, which would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998...

  • Is the New York State anti-boycott bill dead?

    February 4, 2014 | 5:38 pm

    We’ve reported that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill intended to prohibit colleges from using any state money to fund groups that boycott Israeli universities.

    Companion legislation was under consideration in the State Assembly and seemed assured of...

  • Bill changing Israeli adoption law moves to full Knesset

    November 4, 2013 | 10:03 am

    A bill that would allow non-Orthodox Israeli parents to adopt non-Jewish children was sent to the Knesset.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill on Sunday. The measure, which would amend the adoption law, must undergo a preliminary reading in the Knesset and...

  • The US Should Not Grant Visas To Israeli Citizens Unless Israel Grants the Privilege to US Citizens

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 30, 2013 | 7:39 am

    Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill co-sponsored by 18 Democrats and Republicans that would enable Israel to join a group 37 other favored nations whose citizens need not carry visas to enter the United States.

    Now, any Israeli who wants to travel to the US needs to...

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  • Berkeley students vote to divest from Israel latest in a UC string

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    UC Berkeley student senators approved a bill on Thursday calling for the University of California system to divest of stock in American companies that provide technological and weapon support used by the Israeli military in the Palestinian territories.

    After an emotional...

  • Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

    March 5, 2013 | 8:06 am

    A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a unique designation.

    The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual...

  • Bill would ban entrance of hostile foreign government officials

    August 23, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has sponsored a bill designed to ban entry into the country by officials of any foreign government complicit in violating the rights of imprisoned Americans.

    Nicknamed Jacob’s Law, the bill was written in honor of Jacob Ostreicher, a haredi Orthodox Jews...

  • House considering Jewish refugees bill

    August 1, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

    Their bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also would recognize other...

  • Obama signs bill extending investor visa to Israelis

    June 11, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    President Obama signed legislation that would that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.

    The legislation, which was spearheaded by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), would grant Israelis E-2 investor visas, allowing...

  • House explicitly counts out Iran war nod in bill

    May 18, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives explicitly stated that tough measures it recommended for Iran in a major defense bill did not authorize war.

    “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorizing the use of force against Iran,” said an amendment to the National Defense...

  • House passes enhanced Israel cooperation bill

    May 10, 2012 | 8:30 am

    The U.S House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances U.S. policy commitments to Israel’s security.

    The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric...

  • House members urge Obama to advance 2-state solution

    April 12, 2012 | 7:41 am

    A J Street-backed letter from 74 Congressional lawmakers urged President Obama to reaffirm support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    The members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, signed on to what was the key agenda item during J Street’s advocacy...

  • House committee backs visa bill for Israeli investors

    February 28, 2012 | 11:26 am

    The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for non-immigrant investor visas in the United States.

    The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and approved Feb. 28 by the House of Representatives...

  • Knesset rejects bills requiring all Israelis to serve

    February 22, 2012 | 11:11 am

    The Knesset rejected two bills that would have required all Israeli citizens, including the haredi Orthodox, to serve in the military or national service.

    Both the National Service bill and the Defense Service bill, proposed by the opposition Kadima Party, were voted down Wednesday...

  • Israel advances bill aimed at halting prostitution

    February 13, 2012 | 10:33 am

    A Knesset committee unanimously approved a bill that would levy severe punishment on consumers of sexual services in Israel.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation advanced the measure to the full Knesset on Sunday; a preliminary vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Under the bill,...

  • Bill would provide financial aid to youth who leave haredi world

    February 6, 2012 | 11:54 am

    A Knesset member from the left-wing Meretz Party has authored a bill that would provide financial aid to young people who leave the haredi Orthodox fold.

    The bill being advanced by Zehava Gal-On would provide a financial aid package similar to one given to a new immigrant to the...

  • Knesset approves bill to deter illegal migrants

    January 10, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved a bill that would allow authorities to arrest and hold illegal migrants for up to three years.

    The bill passed on its second and third readings Monday night by a vote of 37 to 8. The bill also metes out a jail sentence of up to 15 years for anyone who...

  • Dems fail in bid to block bill they say rewards Iran-linked mining company

    October 26, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    House Democrats failed in their attempt to block a bill that they say allows a stake in the largest U.S. copper mine to an Iranian-affiliated mining company.

    The bill, backed by Arizona’s Republican delegation, would swap public lands in Arizona with lands owned by Resolution...

  • Calif. legislature approves bill to prevent circumcision bans

    September 7, 2011 | 11:19 am

    California’s state legislature approved a bill that would prevent the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.

    The California Assembly approved the bill Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of two attempts in California to place circumcision bans on the November...

  • Bill would cut U.S. funds to backers of Palestinian state

    August 31, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Legislation that would cut off U.S. funds to countries that support granting the Palestinians a state unilaterally was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the United Nations...

  • Knesset considering bill recognizing Israel as ‘Jewish state’

    August 3, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    The Knesset is considering a bill that will officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people.

    Avi Dichter of the Kadima Party and Zeev Elkin of Likud introduced the bill Wednesday and have received 42 supporting signatures. The measure needs 61...

  • New momentum for bill to allow lawsuits against Holocaust-era insurance companies

    June 21, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    It’s becoming a D.C. perennial: Every two years, a new Congress is ushered in and lawmakers from Florida herald a bill that once and for all will bring insurance companies to account for swindling Holocaust survivors.

    And every two years, congressional staffers and Jewish...

  • Rep. Brad Sherman will introduce bill outlawing city circumcision bans

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 14, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Reacting to recent efforts to advance ballot measures banning circumcision of underage males in California cities, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is set to introduce a bill that would prevent municipalities nationwide from prohibiting the procedure.

    “Religious freedom is a...

  • Senators introduce enhanced Iran sanctions bill

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year....

  • Re-examine kosher slaughter ban bill, Holland asked

    March 30, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    The head of the European Jewish Congress called on the Dutch prime minister to re-examine a proposed law that would ban kosher slaughter.

    The Dutch Parliament is scheduled to vote next week on the legislation, an amendment to the Commercial Slaughter Code which mandates that all...

  • Maryland Senate committee passes Holocaust disclosure bill

    March 7, 2011 | 10:22 am

    A bill requiring recipients of state contracts to fully disclose their ties to any operation responsible for transporting people to Nazi concentration camps, was passed unanimously by a Maryland state Senate committee.

    The Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee...

  • Funny things kids say

    By Julia Bendis

    January 2, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    * As usual, Nik (the 5 year old) was taking forever in the bathroom.  I yelled out to him: “Are you OK?  Did you fall in the toilet?”  “No Mommy, ONLY my butt fell in the toilet!  But, its OK.  I pulled it out!”

    * As we were all driving one day, a car cuts us off.  I yell...

  • Israeli students protest yeshiva stipend

    November 2, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.

    As many as 10,000 students from universities throughout the country arrived by chartered buses to the capital Monday evening for the protest march from...

  • Conservative, Reform oppose Israeli conversion bill

    April 30, 2010 | 9:51 am

    The U.S. Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements are warning that a proposed Israeli conversion bill is “disastrous to the unity of the Jewish people.”

    Knesset members from the Yisrael Beiteinu party were in the United States this week trying to marshal support for...

  • Microsoft Word: Anti-Semitic?

    By Joel Chasnoff

    May 19, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    In a Word document, type the sentence, “I am a jew” and watch what happens.

    Now type, “I am a christian.”

    Hmm…

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