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  • Iran’s parliament speaker Larijani calls for end to West, Israel

    July 6, 2012 | 10:57 am

    An Iranian official said the West and Israel should disappear.

    “Today, the time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime (Israel)—which are two dark spots in the present era—from the face of the universe,” Ali Larijiani the speaker of Iran’s parliament,...

  • Ex-CIA head Woolsey calls for Pollard clemency

    July 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Being an American Jew has kept Jonathan Pollard in prison for longer than other spies for friendly countries, former CIA head R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal.

    Woolsey, who recommended against clemency for Pollard while director of the...

  • Church of Nativity gets Heritage status over U.S., Israel objections

    June 29, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    UNESCO has agreed to name the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a World Heritage Site, and list it as in Palestine.

    The secret vote, which came during the United Nations body’s World Heritage Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, was 13-6, with two abstentions.

    Israel and the...

  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

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  • Israelis divided on U.S. role in peace process, survey finds

    June 27, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Israeli Jews have mixed feelings about the success of the role of the United States in the Middle East peace process, a survey found.

    According to the seventh annual B’nai B’rith World Center Survey on Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry, one-third of the...

  • George Washington’s Jewish correspondence

    June 26, 2012 | 10:45 am

    In a letter that will go on display before Independence Day, George Washington conveys his commitment to one of America’s founding principles while corresponding with the Jewish community.

    At the center of “To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom”—an...

  • Riding across the U.S., Hazon bikers are spokespeople for food justice

    June 26, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Eleven Jews are pedaling—and peddling—their message across the country.

    Joined by more than three dozen other bicyclists at segments along the way, participants in the Hazon Cross-USA Ride, a 10-week journey across America, are on a multifold mission.

    They are bringing attention to...

  • Iraq cutting cooperation with U.S. over Jewish archives

    June 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Iraq said it is cutting archaeological cooperation with the United States because the U.S. has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives.

    Iraqi Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim is pushing for the return of the archives that were removed from Iraq following the 2003 U.S....

  • In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns

    June 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of...

  • Israeli Arab sentenced to life in prison for Michigan murder

    June 25, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a Michigan man, part of a series of killings and attacks.

    Elias Abuelazam, 33, a Christian Arab from Ramla, was sentenced Monday for the stabbing death of Arnold Minor, 49....

  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • Netanyahu urges action on Iran after meeting Putin

    June 25, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday it was time to ramp up sanctions against Iran to try to curb its nuclear program after discussing the matter with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In his first public comments on the inconclusive round of talks in...

  • Senate passes farm bill, rejects full SNAP funding

    June 22, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The U.S. Senate passed the Farm Bill, whose final version some Jewish organizations had expressed dismay over because it did not include full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps. 

    The bill, which passed Thursday with bipartisan...

  • Tom Lantos’ widow backs Holocaust insurance bill

    June 21, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Tom Lantos’ widow called on Congress to pass legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to pursue civil action against insurance companies.

    Lantos (D-Calif.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee when he died in 2008, “believed that...

  • Israel says clock ticking after Iran talks fail

    June 21, 2012 | 8:56 am

    Israel has responded to the failure of the latest nuclear talks between world powers and Iran with a familiar refrain: sanctions must be ramped up while the clock ticks down toward possible military action.

    With diplomacy at an impasse, there is satisfaction among Israeli leaders at...

  • Israel: ‘all options’ open after Iran talks fail

    June 20, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    Israel responded on Wednesday to a lack of progress in talks aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program by demanding that the West impose stiffer economic sanctions on Tehran and hinting anew that a military option was still on the table.

    Six world powers and Iran failed to secure a...

  • Shaul Mofaz: U.S. should take lead on Iran strike, as last resort

    June 19, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    The United States and the West should take the lead in launching a military strike against Iran, and only as a matter of last resort, said Shaul Mofaz, Israel’s deputy prime minister.

    “The use of military power should be the last option, and I believe that this option should be led...

  • U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus, according to anonymous Western officials

    June 19, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran’s nuclear program, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous Western officials.

    The so-called Flame malware aimed to map Iran’s computer networks and...

  • After Peres medal, pleas for Pollard persist

    June 19, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The Washington festivities honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres have come and gone, without an assurance of clemency for jailed spy Jonathan Pollard.

    But while Pollard’s 27th year in federal prison continues, so do calls for his release.

    “While I certainly don’t condone...

  • N.Y.'s Jewish community report can apply elsewhere in U.S.

    June 18, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    The 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York was released with some fanfare last week.

    Some of the UJA-Federation of New York’s survey results came as somewhat of a surprise. After a decrease from about 2 million Jews in 1970 to 1.4 million in both 1991 and 2002, the region’s...

  • The end is nigh. Seriously.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally.  But what if the joke’s on us?

    The June 6 issue of the...

  • Clinton says no going back on democracy in Egypt

    June 14, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    The United States expects Egypt’s military authorities to fully transfer power to a democratically elected civilian government as planned, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    “There can be no going back on the democratic transition called for by the Egyptian...

  • Jewish organizations petition U.S. gov’t on food justice

    June 14, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    In a petition sponsored by seven national Jewish organizations, 18,000 individuals urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the Obama administration to focus on food justice in the upcoming Farm Bill.

    The petition, which has been circulating since October, was delivered on...

  • Iran agrees to discuss nuclear proposal in Moscow, EU officials say

    June 11, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    European Union officials said on Monday that Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal from six world powers to curb its production of high-grade uranium at a meeting in Moscow next week in an apparent de-escalation of tensions ahead of the talks.

    The development follows more than two...

  • Israel skips U.S.-hosted counterterrorism meeting

    June 11, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israel did not attend the inaugural meeting of a counterterrorism forum established by the United States.

    The Israeli business daily Globes reported Monday that Israel was not invited to the meeting because of objections by Turkey, while Israel’s Foreign Ministry told the Times of...

  • House rejects increase to U.S.-Israel energy cooperation funding

    June 8, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a Democratic procedural motion to the energy appropriations bill that would have provided additional funds for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation programs.

    The motion to recommit the legislation back to the Appropriations Committee would have...

  • Israel’s West Bank plans stir U.S. furor, settlers’ ire

    June 7, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    Israel’s government coupled its compliance with a Supreme Court order to remove buildings from a neighborhood on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement with the announcement of new construction in several West Bank areas.

    The latter action drew a sharp rebuke from the United States...

  • Israel unmoved by U.S. criticism of settlement plans

    June 7, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Israel shrugged off on Thursday U.S. criticism of its plans to erect 851 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank, projects that appeared aimed at placating settlers angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “They need to condemn. We need to build,” Construction and Housing...

  • Top al Qaeda strategist killed in Pakistan

    June 5, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed one of al Qaeda’s most powerful figures, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, dealing the biggest in a series of blows to the militant group since the raid that killed founder Osama bin Laden last year.

    Abu Yahya al-Libi, a veteran militant...

  • Iran hopeful on atomic talks if ‘rights’ respected

    June 5, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    If the world recognizes Iran’s “nuclear rights”, negotiations aimed at easing a standoff with the West later this month could have a positive outcome, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    But Washington said Iran had to move first to make its nuclear...

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