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Pro-Israel group claims Palestinians abused Jews at protest

NEW YORK (JTA) — The pro-Israel group AMCHA Initiative claimed that Jewish students at the University of California, Davis were abused and threatened at a pro-Palestinian protest on campus. In a letter sent Monday to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, AMCHA Initiative co-founders Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin alleged that demonstrators carrying “death to Zionism” placards occupied a public building on Nov. 19 and harassed pro-Israel students. The letter also...

Israeli planes reportedly strike Syrian transport

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli planes reportedly struck a Syrian weapons transport on the Lebanese border amid increasing fears that the country’s chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of Hezbollah. The strikes, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, were reported to Reuters by a Western diplomat and anonymous regional sources who said that warplanes had struck the convoy as it passed from...

Tests on Ariel Sharon’s brain show signs of improvement

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tests on former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon showed that he has significant brain activity, despite being presumed to be in a vegetative state. The tests conducted at Soroka University Medical Center to assess to what extent Sharon’s brain responded to external stimuli showed significant brain activity, including when he saw photos of his family and heard his son’s voice, the medical center said in a statement...

Iron Dome battery moved to Haifa amid unrest in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military has deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system near Haifa, according to reports. Two other batteries also reportedly were deployed in northern Israel in recent days, Ynet reported.

The move to the northern end of the country comes as concerns in Israel and around the world have increased that chemical weapons believed to be in Syria will fall into the hands of Hezbollah or...

Israel’s Health Ministry orders halt to injectable contraception for Ethiopian women

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered the four public health maintenance organizations to stop giving Ethiopian Israelis a long-acting contraception injection. The order comes more than a month after an Israeli Educational Television report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots, which is behind a 50 percent decline in the Ethiopian birth rate in Israel over the last decade.

Ethiopian women interviewed in...

Israel summons Argentina’s envoy over deal with Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Argentinian ambassador over his country’s agreement with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires JCC. Israel’s ambassador in Buenos Aires, Dorit Shavit, also requested a meeting with the Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman to discuss the pact, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Argentina and Iran signed an agreement over the weekend to form an independent commission to investigate...

19th Knesset members

By JTA Staff

(JTA) — The following is a list of members elected to the 19th Knesset, in order of party lists.

Likud-Beiteinu (31)

Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud)

Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Gideon Sa’ar (Likud)

Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Gilad Erdan (Likud)

Silvan Shalom (Likud)

Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Yisrael Katz (Likud)

Danny Danon (Likud)

Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Reuven Rivlin (Likud)

Moshe Ya’alon (Likud)

Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Ze’ev Elkin...

AJC leaders meet with Jordan’s king

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Leaders of the American Jewish Committee in a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman discussed political and strategic developments in the Middle East.

The AJC Board of Governors delegation headed by AJC President Robert Elman met separately over the weekend with the king and three Jordanian Cabinet members. The 16-member group also met with Jordanian business leaders, policy analysts and diplomats, and the U.S. and...

Avigdor Liberman fraud trial set for next month

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will go on trial next month for fraud and breach of trust. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled Sunday that the trial of the Yisrael Beiteinu party leader will begin on Feb. 17.

A three-judge panel will hear the case rather than the typical one judge. The decision to have a larger judicial panel was because of the public nature of the...

World Jewish Congress names Robert Singer to top post

(JTA) — Robert Singer was named secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, the organization’s most senior professional position.

“All of the WJC executives who have met Robert have been impressed with his professionalism, insight and vision, and they look forward to working with him in strengthening the WJC’s position as the preeminent representative body of world Jewry,” WJC President Ronald Lauder said in a statement issued Sunday.

Singer since...