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  • Opinion: The UNESCO Mess

    November 1, 2011 | 11:27 am

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, both the president and Congress would be faced with a clear choice between U.S. national interests and the demands made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his powerful Washington lobby.

    In the larger sense, it...

  • French Jewish groups call country’s UNESCO vote a betrayal

    November 1, 2011 | 9:10 am

    French Jewish groups said they feel betrayed by their country’s vote in favor of extending UNESCO membership to the Palestinians.

    “President Sarkozy broke his word and betrayed the ties of friendship that link France and Israel,” said the UPJF, a Jewish group of business...

  • UNESCO gives Palestinians full membership

    October 31, 2011 | 9:02 am

    The United Nations’ cultural agency decided Monday to give the Palestinians full membership of the body, a vote that will boost their bid for recognition as a state at the United Nations.

    UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have joined as a full member since President...

  • UNESCO to vote on Monday on Palestinian entry

    October 28, 2011 | 11:40 am

    U.N. cultural agency UNESCO will vote on Monday on a Palestinian request for membership, part of a wider Palestinian campaign for recognition as a state within the wider United Nations system.

    UNESCO’s executive board decided on October 6 to allow the 193 member countries vote on...

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  • Iraqis fret about security after US withdrawal

    October 21, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    Iraqis fretted about the ability of their armed forces to protect them from violence after U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday all U.S. troops would withdraw by the end of the year.

    Washington and Baghdad failed to agree on the issue of immunity for U.S. forces after months...

  • Obama respond to Gadhafi death

    October 20, 2011 | 11:48 am

    [UPDATE] President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would be a partner to Libya following the death of Muammar Gadhafi and said the NATO mission in the North African country would “soon come to an end.”

    “This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people...

  • Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

    October 17, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In her final months as a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, Susanna Zlotnikov had a positive outlook about landing a job.

    But as the months passed and her network of contacts led only to dead ends, Zlotnikov decided she needed a backup. Instead of spending the...

  • Iran calls U.S. assassination charges ‘Nazi propaganda’

    October 17, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States of Nazi-style propaganda for charging that Tehran was linked to an assassination plot on American soil.

    Iran has denied being involved in the alleged plot, which would have paid organized crime groups in Mexico to carry out the...

  • Toronto ‘rabbi’ arrested for immigration fraud in U.S.

    October 14, 2011 | 11:25 am

    A former lawyer who calls himself a rabbi was arrested in Toronto and faces extradition to the United States where authorities allege he ran a massive immigration fraud scheme.

    For years, the man who goes by the name Rabbi Avraham David, 47, lived the life of a rabbi, writing...

  • LOCAL REACTION: In US, joy at Shalit's impending release mixed with unease at the price

    October 11, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    Reacting to news of the proposed deal between Israel and Hamas that could see captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in the coming days, after more than five years in captivity, Israelis in the United States, as well as American Jewish leaders, expressed happiness...

  • US claims to have stopped Iranian terror plot on American soil

    October 11, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    U.S. officials say they frustrated an Iranian plot to use a weapon of mass destruction on American soil.

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday outlined charges filed in New York City against two men—an Iranian American and an Iranian. The Iranian American is in custody, while the...

  • US very hopeful Israel, Palestinians to resume talks

    October 11, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    The United States is hopeful Israel and the Palestinians will hold a preliminary meeting to revive peace talks on Oct. 23 in Jordan, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

    “The proposal that they are discussing with the parties is for Oct. 23 in Jordan and we are very...

  • As one, D.C. insiders speaking up for ousted Israeli diplomat

    October 10, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Washington’s fractious Middle East policy community is speaking in one voice in support of Danny Arbell, an Israeli diplomat widely admired for his capacity for listening.

    Arbell made headlines in Israel last month when the Foreign Ministry removed him from his post as the Israeli...

  • Quartet to meet Sunday

    October 7, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    The Quartet of entities guiding the Middle East peace process will meet over the weekend.

    Representatives of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations will meet Sunday in Brussels.

    The meeting comes as the Obama administration is endeavoring to head of a...

  • Granger warns UNESCO: Admit Palestinians, lose funding

    October 6, 2011 | 9:28 am

    A top congressional appropriator, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.

    The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations on Wednesday allowed to...

  • U.S. probing bias allegation at Columbia

    October 5, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Columbia University for allegedly discriminating against a Jewish student.

    The probe by the department’s Office for Civil Rights concerns an Orthodox student at the Columbia-affiliated Barnard College who was “steered” by an academic...

  • Palestinians take step towards full UNESCO membership

    October 5, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Palestinians moved a step closer to full membership in the U.N. cultural agency on Wednesday after its board decided to let 193 member states vote on the issue later this month, the latest stage in a Palestinian campaign for statehood recognition.

    In September Palestinian Authority...

  • Israel dismisses deputy envoy to U.S. over media leak

    October 5, 2011 | 9:28 am

    Israel has dismissed its deputy ambassador in Washington over an alleged 2009 media leak about secret discussions involving the United States, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

    They said Dan Arbell, former deputy director for North American affairs at Israel’s Foreign Ministry,...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. rise for first time since ‘04

    October 4, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased for the first time since 2004, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit.

    The ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released Tuesday showed that there were 1,239 incidents in 2010, up slightly from the...

  • U.S. Supreme Court will not review French railway case

    October 4, 2011 | 11:31 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the descendants of Jews deported during World War II who want to sue a French railway in American courts.

    The high court’s refusal Monday means an appeals court ruling throwing out the descendants’ lawsuit demanding France’s...

  • U.S. scrambles to keep Palestinian aid flowing

    October 3, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to unblock $200 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority that was frozen due to its bid for U.N. recognition of statehood over U.S. and Israeli objections.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday the...

  • U.S. Customs issues guidelines on Sukkot species

    September 28, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    U.S. Customs issued guidelines for bringing into the United States the four species of Sukkot.

    The gist of the guidelines issued Tuesday is that the species will be allowed in subject to inspection.

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) understands that observant Jewish...

  • Clinton: Israeli settlement move counter-productive

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    Israel’s decision to build 1,100 settlement homes on West Bank land is counter-productive to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

    The decision appears to make it even less likely that the two sides will answer a call on...

  • As Obama’s Jewish numbers plummet, AJC poll shows U.S. Jews ‘grumpy’

    September 27, 2011 | 11:07 am

    American Jews are feeling “grumpy,” according to the American Jewish Committee’s take on its latest public opinion survey.

    That’s not good news for President Obama, whose Jewish approval level has dipped below 50 percent. But American Jews don’t seem particularly excited about...

  • In U.S. speech, Abbas commits to two states, but amps up fiery rhetoric

    September 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    “We agree to establish the state of Palestine on only 22 percent of historical Palestine on all of...

  • U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem warns travelers of violence

    September 22, 2011 | 11:25 am

    The U.S. Consulate General has banned its personnel from visiting the Old City of Jerusalem due to fears of violence.

    In an emergency message sent to Americans registered with the consulate who are visiting or living in Israel, the consulate also urged U.S. citizens to avoid “areas...

  • Is rift looming in U.S.-Israel ties?

    September 20, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    In recent months, the tensions that have characterized relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government have largely receded into the background.

    The Obama administration is preparing to stand virtually alone with Israel at the United Nations in opposing the...

  • Palestinians confident on UN vote, but veto looms

    September 20, 2011 | 10:53 am

    The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident the U.N. Security Council would vote to recognize Palestinian statehood and urged the United States to reconsider its veto threat as efforts to resolve the impasse appeared deadlocked.

    As diplomats scrambled to...

  • U.S. urges Turkey not to worsen Israel ties

    September 19, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    The United States urged Turkey on Monday not to do anything to worsen its relationship with Israel, U.S. officials said on Monday, seeking to prevent relations between two U.S. allies from deteriorating further.

    One official offered no details but may have been alluding to the...

  • Pro-Israel ads in Bay Area countering anti-U.S. aid campaign

    September 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The pro-Israel organization StandWithUs has launched an ad campaign in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations to counter local ads that call for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

    The posters will be on display Sept. 18 through Nov. 13 at five major stations, as well as on a local...

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