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Suspect in Daniel Pearl murder is arrested

(JTA) — Pakistani security officials captured a former terrorist leader who is believed to have planned the 2002 kidnapping and murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl.

Qari Abdul Saeed, also known as Asadullah, was arrested Sunday by the Pakistani Sindh Rangers, according to reports Monday citing unnamed Pakistani officials. He is accused of two decades of terror activity.

Pearl’s parents, Judea and Ruth, said in a statement released Monday, “We...

First Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent to dine with Obama

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yityish Aynaw, the first Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has been invited to meet President Obama at a dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres.

Aynaw, 21, who was crowned two weeks ago, reportedly was invited at the behest of Obama’s advance team, which is currently in Israel putting the finishing touches on plans for next week’s visit.

In interviews with the Israeli media on March 13, Aynaw...

Americans backing Israel in ever-growing numbers, poll show

(JTA) — Americans’ sympathies lean heavily toward Israel over the Palestinians in the highest level of support seen in 22 years. According to data gleaned from Gallup’s 2013 World Affairs poll, 64 percent of Americans support Israel over the Palestinians, with 12 percent backing the Palestinians over Israel. The last time Israel garnered as much support from Americans was in 1991 during the Gulf War.

Republicans are much likelier than...

RRA elects openly gay leader in convention here

(JTA) — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) has elected an openly gay rabbi to lead the national rabbinic organization. Rabbi Jason Klein, the executive director of Hillel at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (since 2006), was elected to lead the RRA during its 39th annual convention here, which concluded on Wednesday.

It is the first national rabbinic association of one of the major Jewish denominations in the United States to...

Retract Zionism slur, U.S. lawmakers urge Turkey’s Erdogan

ASHINGTON (JTA) – Eighty-nine members of the U.S. Congress signed a letter calling on Turkey’s prime minister to retract his comments blasting Zionism.

The lawmakers, representing both houses of Congress and both political parties, sent the one-page letter to Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to express “our grave disappointment with the statement you made at the United Nations-sponsored conference in Vienna last month equating Zionism — the foundation of the Jewish...

American Jews protest in solidarity with Women of the Wall

WASHINGTON (JTA) — American Jews held solidarity rallies in several U.S. cities to protest Israeli limitations on women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

On Monday, some 125 demonstrators gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and additional demonstrations were held Tuesday in New York and Cleveland. San Francisco supporters were planning a rally for March 19.

The rallies were timed to Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Hebrew month,...

Giffords to received Kennedy ‘Profile in Courage’ Award

(JTA) — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Giffords, who survived a shooting that killed six people, was recognized for the “political, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.”

The award is presented each year by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter, will present...

Alleged hit and run driver that killed hasidic couple turns himself in

(JTA) — The man identified as the driver of the car that killed a young hasidic couple in New York, whose newborn baby later died, surrendered to police.

Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn was arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store in Bethlehem, PA on Wednesday afternoon. Acevedo told police where to find him and turned himself in. He will be extradited to New York to face felony...

State of Ohio purchases record $42 million in Israel bonds

(JTA) — Ohio has bought $42 million in Israel Bonds, reportedly the largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds in U.S. history. The March 1 purchase increases the total amount of Israel Bonds in the state’s treasury portfolio to more than $80 million; the Cleveland Jewish News reported it as the largest such buy in U.S. history.

“We believe this is a sound investment for the taxpayers of Ohio and...

Senator Carl Levin won’t run again

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), a veteran Jewish lawmaker who for years was a major influence in defense policy, will not seek reelection.

Levin, 78, was quoted Thursday by The Associated Press as saying that his decision was “extremely difficult” but that he wanted to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in 2014, without “distraction.”

Levin heads the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, and in that...