Obama opens BBYO convention with video greeting

(Washington Jewish Week) — President Obama launched this year’s BBYO international convention with a video greeting. “This gathering gives you a chance to affirm your faith and recommit yourselves to the enduring values this organization represents,” Obama said in the video screened Feb. 14 at the youth group convention at a...
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Golden Dawn questions Holocaust commemoration day in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — The Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party questioned the country marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling it “unacceptable.”

In the Greek Parliament last week, Golden Dawn lawmaker Ioannis Lagos asked the Education and Interior ministers why state institutions and schools commemorate the remembrance day, which is marked...
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Designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, Congress members urge EU

(JTA) — More than 100 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief urging her to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The bipartisan letter was sent Monday to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for...
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EU calls on Israel to improve conditions for Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The European Union said Israel must improve conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton also expressed concern over four Palestinian inmates who have been on a long-term hunger strike.

“The EU calls on the government of Israel to allow for the immediate...
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Knesset to investigate Prisoner X incident

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee will investigate the incarceration and death of the dual Australian-Israeli citizen known as Prisoner X, now identified as Ben Zygier.

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Intelligence announced Sunday that it would conduct an “intensive examination” of the incident involving Zygier.

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Give Sharansky four more years, Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Jewish Agency to extend Chairman Natan Sharansky’s term by another four years. Netanyahu made the request Monday during remarks to the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel, which is meeting in Jerusalem.

He called Sharansky a “symbol...
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Local restauranteur Steven Latter dies (UPDATED)

Steven Latter, the owner of Tujaque’s Restaurant, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, passed away very suddenly this morning. Latter was responsible for bringing the old institution back from the verge of extinction when he purchased the venerable restaurant in 1982. He personally researched its history and brought it...
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Netanyahu: Iran shortening time to crossing red line

By ISRAEL HAYOM/Exclusive to

The Iranians are getting ever closer to developing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish American leaders on Monday in Jerusalem. “I drew a line at the UN last time I was there,” Netanyahu told leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American...
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JCC to offer food, rides, games at 44th Adloyadah carnival

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center has announced plans to hold its 44th annual Adloyadah carnival on February 24 at the Uptown JCC, 5342 St. Charles Avenue. The carnival, which is to be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m, is usually confined to the back yard of the facility,...
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House clears path for disaster funding for religious institutions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation that makes clearer the eligibility of religious institutions for disaster relief. The bill, approved in a 354-72 vote on Wednesday afternoon, stipulates that the act funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a program that is “neutral with regard to...
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