International

BDS resolution could pass at ANC national conference

JOHANNESBURG (JTA) – A resolution aimed at boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel could gain majority support at this week’s National Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party. A marked anti-Israel swing by the South African government in recent months has caused consternation among South African Jews and Christian...
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Mirvis named Britain’s chief rabbi-designate

(JTA) — Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the spiritual leader of one of the largest congregations in London and a former chief rabbi of Ireland, was named Britain’s chief rabbi-designate.

The appointment of Mirvis, 55, of the Finchley Synagogue, was announced Monday by the United Synagogue, an umbrella organization for Britain’s 65...
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Ross, Abrams and Jeffrey project strike against Iran by 2014

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three former high-ranking U.S. foreign policy advisers agree that if Iran does not halt its suspected nuclear weapons program by the end of 2013, the United States or Israel will act militarily. Dennis Ross, until a year ago President Obama’s top Iran policy adviser, and Elliott Abrams, a...
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Dutch Jewish broadcaster to be shut down

THE HAGUE (JTA) — The Dutch government said it would stop funding the country’s Jewish broadcasting network in 2016, possibly leading to its closure. The announcement came last week in a letter from Dutch Culture Minister Sander Dekker and drew angry reactions from well-known Dutch Jewish figures.

Willem Koster, chairman...
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Swedish art gallery defends art made of Holocaust victims’ ashes

(JTA) — A Swedish art gallery owner defended his gallery’s decision to show a painting made of Holocaust victims’ ashes as “having no moral flaws.” Martin Bryder, who owns a gallery in Lund, told Sverige Radio that he “sees no moral problem or flaw with exhibiting” the painting created by...
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Australia recalls ambassador over Israeli settlement decision

SYDNEY (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Australia was dressed down by government officials after being summoned over Jerusalem’s decision to expand settlement construction. Yuval Rotem at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday was apprised of the federal government’s “grave concern” over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to...
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Syria violating agreement with Israel, Ban tells U.N. Security Council

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Syria is deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, Ban said in a report delivered Monday to the Security Council, and the violations could escalate...
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After U. N. vote, what about U.S. policy?

By RON KEAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How the United States treats the Palestinians’ new status as a non-member state at the United Nations depends on how Palestinians plan to use it — as cudgel or outstretched hand.

Beneath the outcries of disappointment at the lopsided U.N. vote, both the United...
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Hungarian Jewish body to sue lawmaker for ‘Nazi’ speech

(JTA) — A Hungarian Jewish organization said it will file a complaint against a lawmaker who proposed drawing up a list of “dangerous” Jews in government. “There is no alternative to legal recourse now,” the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation said  Tuesday in a statement about the parliamentary address the previous day...
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In Cairo, Israel, Hamas iron out cease-fire details

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Negotiators for Israel and Hamas are holding separate talks with Egyptian mediators to iron out the details of last week’s cease-fire. The talks began Monday in Cairo. The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect last week, ending eight days of Israel’s Operation...
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