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Talks to resume Monday in Washington

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Talks between the Palestinians and Israelis will resume on Monday evening, the first such formal deliberations in nearly three years.

Meetings between top negotiators will take place Monday night and Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressing the sides for a resumption and has visited the region six times since assuming his post in February.


San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to get sex therapy

(JTA) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced he will undergo therapy amid calls for his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a brief statement to reporters last Friday, Filner said he would be entering a treatment facility on Aug. 5 for two weeks of intensive therapy.

“During this time period I will be in the clinic full-time, though every morning and evening I will be briefed on city...

CUFI student activists, without ‘obvious self-interest,’ seek to legitimize pro-Israel message on campus


( WASHINGTON, DC—Sam Bain knew that life could be dangerous in southern Israel, with rockets fired indiscriminately across the border from Gaza. But it wasn’t until the Ohio college student visited an Israeli day care center near the Gaza border that the reality truly hit him.

This day care center was a bomb-safe facility. “We don’t have bomb-safe day care centers in America,” Bain told


Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of MLB season

(JTA) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension, which is 65 games, on Monday. Braun in a statement acknowledged making mistakes but did not provide any specifics about his use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

The 2011 National League MVP was the first player suspended as part of the outgrowth...

Weiner acknowledges another lewd exchange

WASHINGTON (JTA) — New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner acknowledged that he participated in a newly revealed, sexually explicit social media exchange.

“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner, a former U.S. congressman, said Tuesday after The Dirty website released screen grabs of the chats.

Weiner has said that he expected more chats of the kind that led to his 2011...

The shanda factor: why are Jewish sex scandals different?


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The guy with the socks up. The guy with the pants down. The guy with the headlocks. The guy who tweets and deletes.

What is it with these male politicos? And why are they all Jewish?

The cloistered community that is Washington’s Jewish elite collectively choked a little Saturday morning as it progressed through a column in which Gail Collins of The New York...

News Analysis: Under clouds of secrecy, Kerry lures both sides back to peace negotiations


TEL AVIV (JTA) — We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington.

We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or agree to negotiate based on its pre-1967 borders.

We don’t know whether the Palestinian Authority has agreed to...

Kerry announces resumption of Mideast peace talks

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will resume, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced. “The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in February. Top negotiators from both sides — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and...

CA. student leader of BDS movement elected as regent

(JTA) — A student leader in the anti-Israel divestment campaign at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected to serve on the University of California system’s Board of Regents.

Sadia Saifuddin, a student senator at Berkeley, was voted in by the board on Wednesday as a regent for 2014-15. She was up against two other students for the post.

Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel group StandWithUs, in a statement...

Israel and Hillel from Eric Fingerhut, the group’s next CEO


Among the discussions that led to the hiring of former Ohio congressman Eric Fingerhut as the next president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, an item Fingerhut says was non-negotiable for both parties was Hillel’s usage of its staff, resources, and reach to fulfill its stated commitment to the support of Israel.

The “Israel Policy” within Hillel’s “Israel Guidelines” states that the organization...