U.N. recognition bid finds Palestinians between a rock and a hard place


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy. The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian Authority...
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Norway’s king nixes honor for foundation leader accused of anti-Semitism

(JTA) — The Norwegian Royal Palace reportedly has dropped controversial plans to recognize a converted Muslim who is accused of anti-Semitism. The decision to withdraw the honor for Trond Ali Linstad was announced Tuesday after Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang canceled his participation in the award ceremony. Linstad, 69, is a...
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Sharansky, Weisel address JFNA General Assembly

(JTA) — Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky reflected on the 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry during a special plenary session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The discussion Monday in Baltimore featuring Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, and Sharansky, a Soviet refusenik who planned the historic...
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From Israel: some items you might have missed


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed:

I want to ride my (cardboard) bicycle

Production is set to begin in Israel on a cardboard bicycle. The $20 bike made entirely from recycled materials is the brainchild of Izhar...
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Rosenzweig program of acoustic, electronic music to bow Sunday

A program of acoustic and electronics works by New Orleans native Morris Rosenzweig, will be presented as this Sunday’s entry in the Trinity Artists Performance series at Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue. Rosenzweig, a distinguished professor of composition at the University of Utah, has enjoyed a celebrated career with many...
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Shir Chadash offer two opportunies for learning today, Thursday

Rabbi Ethan Linden continues his “lunch and learn” series at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation today, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The class will be on “Thoughts on Prayer” and will run approximately one hour before the lunch break that begins at noon. The meal period is also slated to run an...
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Survey: half of Jewish communal groups moving toward LGBT sensitivity

BALTIMORE (JTA) — A gay advocacy group created a series of guidelines for gauging and improving policies at Jewish communal organizations regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for making organizations welcoming to LGBT Jews. The index was funded by the Human Rights...
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Israel fires second missles at Syria after mortar attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli anti-tank missile struck a Syrian military mortar crew after the Syrians fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights. Monday’s incident marked the second time that Israel has fired on Syrian territory since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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Palestinians release draft of statehood bid

(JTA) — Palestinian diplomats circulated a draft resolution to U.N. member states that calls for recognition of “Palestine” as an observer state. The draft resolution could be put to a vote in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly later this month, Reuters reported last week.

If approved, the resolution would “accord...
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Police: Neo-Nazis vandalized German Holocaust memorials

BERLIN (JTA) — Neo-Nazis are behind the destruction of 11 “stumbling block” Holocaust memorials, say police in the German city of Greifswald. The vandalism in the eastern Germany city was discovered Nov. 9, the 74th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews.

According to the Die Welt newspaper, the brass...
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