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Jonathan Pollard collapses in jail, rushed to hospital

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard was undergoing observation in a hospital after collapsing in his jail cell. Pollard collapsed Saturday at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C., after complaining of being in serious pain for several weeks.

He is receiving strong pain management medication, the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home told JTA in a statement. Doctors are set to hold more consultations and decide on...

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 States and Israel showed signs of acquiescence to its inevitability. There were the grim warnings of financial consequence for both...

Stevie Wonder cancels Friends of IDF performance

(HOLLYWOOD) – Legendary singer Stevie Wonder, recipient of 25 Grammy® Awards and an Academy Award®, has cancelled his performance at the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Thursday, December 6th.  The Gala, chaired by FIDF National Board Member and major supporter, Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, will be attended by over 1,200 FIDF supporters and dignitaries from the U.S. and Israel who will...

Petitions call for Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

(JTA) — An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures. The petition was launched more than a day ago on the change.org website.

Wonder is scheduled to headline the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars annually to support the Israeli...

Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state. The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel community. The statement by the group’s president and CEO, Debra DeLee, was issued two days ahead of the anticipated vote in the...

JONAH Center being sued over false claims of reversing homosexuality

NEW YORK (JTA) — JONAH, a Jewish center in New Jersey that offers therapy to reverse homosexuality, is being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims.

Four gay men and two of their mothers filed the suit Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court against Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, which offers treatments that the group says can turn its clients straight. Some of the treatments include using rabbinic writings on...

Senators Cardin, Collins warn Abbas about U.N. bid

(JTA) — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The letter, sent Nov. 21, said that “Palestinian statehood can only be realized as a result of a broader peace agreement negotiated with the Israelis, not through unilateral measures at the United Nations.”

Cardin (D-MD) and Collins...

Weeks after Sandy, enormity of human tragedy becomes clearer

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Kenny Vance’s multimillion-dollar beach house has stood proudly on the Long Island shore and weathered all manner of storms since 1916. Then came Sandy. Vance, a 68-year-old musician who has lived in Belle Harbor, N.Y.,  for most of his life, was preparing  to perform on a cruise ship when newscasters first warned of a major storm heading for the East Coast. But Vance had seen...

President Obama voices support for Israel’s ‘self-defense’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in calls to Israeli and Egyptian leaders backed Israel’s right to self-defense as Israel’s counterattacks on the Gaza Strip intensified. “The President reiterated to Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians,” said a statement from the White House Wednesday night.

“The President urged Prime...

Jewish Daily Forward releases top 50 most influential Jewish Americans

(JTA) — The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans featured Republican Party mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in the top 5. Joining Adelson and the gold-medal winning Raisman in the top 5 of the Forward 50 were composer Philip Glass, TV star Lena Dunham and Agudath Israel of America Executive Vice President Rabbi David Zweibel. The top 5 had video profiles...