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As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to transl...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
TEL AVIV — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Isra...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s mai...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
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Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Global Briefs February 12
Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
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Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
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Lackluster fundraising eyed as Frederick Lawrence leaves Brandeis
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
For all the controversies Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His ...
Abrupt demise of major Jewish social service organization stuns community
by Julie Wiener, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It was one of the largest Jewish nonprofit agencies in the country. And until December, when FEGS unexpectedly announced that it had lost $19.4 million in the last fiscal year, it was co...
Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
PRAGUE — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” o...
Nobel laureate Martin Karplus shows his photos at embassy of country he fled at 8
by Menachem Wecker, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
The opening of an exhibit at the Austrian Embassy in Washington of more than 50 photographs by an 84-year-old Jewish Nobel laureate was something of an amateur hour — twice over. Both Austria’s amb...
Global Briefs February 5
by JTA Reports
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Prosecutor: Only Nisman DNA found at scene of his death Only the DNA of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found at the site of his shooting death. On Jan. 30, the prosecutor in charge of the ...
Hezbollah attack on Israel seen as part of ‘Iranian project’ on Syria terror base
by Alex Traiman, JNS.org
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Who was behind the Jan. 28 attack on northern Israel that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others? The easy answer would be the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, which claimed r...
First Muslim to run for Jewish Home slate, Anett Haskia is a rarity among Arab-Israelis
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
PETACH TIKVAH, Israel — Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan....
Jewish Republican donors not yet committed to growing list of potential GOP presidential candidates
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Even with the contours of the 2016 Republican presidential primary race finally taking shape, Jewish donors largely remain uncommitted on the two latest contenders — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt ...
Nisman mystery: Hezbollah, Argentine gov’t fingered in death of AMIA prosecutor
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombi...
London Jewish community heightens already tight security after Paris attacks
by Rachel Stafler
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are only some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have i...