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White House: Obama won’t bring new peace effort on trip

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama’s visit to Israel will focus on Syria and Iran, and he will not initiate new peace moves, the White House said. “This is a trip the president looks forward to making that is timed in part because we have here obviously a second term for...
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Koch eulogized as diehard Israel supporter at funeral

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ed Koch was remembered as a friend of Israel and the Jewish people by a cast of political luminaries at the former New York City mayor’s funeral. At a service that filled the cavernous sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan — the crowd included former President...
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News Analysis: What about Obama’s planned Israel trip?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Is President Obama’s plan to visit Israel a sign that he’s ready to take another shot at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking? The White House announced Tuesday that Obama would visit Israel in the spring, his first trip there as president. He did visit in 2008, when...
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Kerry talks to Netanyahu, Abbas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Kerry, freshly installed as secretary of state, spoke with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders. Also over the weekend, two top State Department officials dealing with Iran’s alleged nuclear threat said they would be stopping in Israel during overseas visits and Israel’s military chief of staff, Lt....
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Petition aims to have Facebook pull anti-Israel page

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A Facebook petition to remove an anti-Israel page that uses an expletive in its name has 75,000 likes, the removal campaign’s creator says. Michael Mendelson of Miami told JTA by telephone that the removal petition against the “F*** Israel” page has been on Facebook for less...
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Lawsuit questioning Hebrew National’s kashrut thrown out

NEW YORK (JTA) — A lawsuit alleging that Hebrew National foods are not strictly kosher has been dismissed. A U.S. District Court judge in Minnesota ruled Jan. 30 that because kosher is a religious standard, it is a subject for rabbinic debate, not a federal court ruling.

“The definition of...
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Chuck Hagel expands on ‘Jewish lobby’ apology

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his Senate confirmation hearings, defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel expanded on his apology for using the term “Jewish lobby” and said it also was wrong to suggest pro-Israel groups “intimidate” Congress into doing “dumb things.” Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska nominated by President Obama...
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Pro-Israel group claims Palestinians abused Jews at protest

NEW YORK (JTA) — The pro-Israel group AMCHA Initiative claimed that Jewish students at the University of California, Davis were abused and threatened at a pro-Palestinian protest on campus. In a letter sent Monday to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, AMCHA Initiative co-founders Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin alleged that...
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AJC leaders meet with Jordan’s king

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Leaders of the American Jewish Committee in a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman discussed political and strategic developments in the Middle East.

The AJC Board of Governors delegation headed by AJC President Robert Elman met separately over the weekend with the king and three...
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Obama: Resistance to policy inspires holiday today

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in a statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day said the spirit of Holocaust resistance must inspire policy today. “While this is a time for mourning and reflection, it is also the time for action,” Obama said in the statement released Sunday.

“On this day, we recall...
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