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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 than a week; the number of likes is as of Monday. He said he started the counter campaign “with the...

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 the word ‘kosher’ is intrinsically religious in nature, and this court may not entertain a lawsuit that will require it...

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 to become defense secretary, faced an array of tough questions on Thursday from members of both parties on the Senate...

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 demonstrators carrying “death to Zionism” placards occupied a public building on Nov. 19 and harassed pro-Israel students. The letter also...

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 Jordanian Cabinet members. The 16-member group also met with Jordanian business leaders, policy analysts and diplomats, and the U.S. and...

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 the courage, spirit and determination of those who heroically resisted the Nazis, exemplifying the very best of humanity,” he said....

Why America has no chief rabbi

By JONATHAN D. SARNA

(Jewish Ideas Daily) — The public face of world Jewry will change this summer.  Come September, both England and Israel will install new chief rabbis.  Jonathan Sacks, the brilliant and widely published chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, is retiring to be succeeded by the affable Ephraim Mirvis, currently rabbi of the Finchley Synagogue in North London. Yona Metzger, the chief rabbi of the Ashkenazi community...

U.S. officials praise Israel democracy

(JNS.org) – Reacting to news of Israel’s election results, American officials praised Israeli democracy and promised to work with the new government, the Jerusalem Post reported.  In a tweet, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro congratulated Israelis on a successful election day.  “Mazal tov to the Israeli people on their just completed elections! Always inspiring to see democracy in action!” he wrote.

While the U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the ranking member of the...

Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman sentenced to 103 years

NEW YORK (JTA) — Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years. Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn, did not speak during the Jan. 22 sentencing in New York State Supreme Court. He had been sent to Rikers Island prison without bail immediately after his conviction in December.

He was found...

OU sets date for contested presidential election

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Orthodox Union has set a March date to pick its next president in a highly unusual contested vote. The umbrella group of Modern Orthodox synagogues and organizations, perhaps best known as the world’s largest kosher certifier, said on Jan. 17 that its board will convene at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on March 10 to choose between incumbent Simcha Katz and former president Harvey...