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New Senate appointee from Hawaii is Jewish

Hawaii’s new junior Senator is Brian Emanuel Schatz (pronounced “shootz”). Schatz, 40, replaced Senator Daniel Inouye, who died last week. Born in Michigan, he is a twin and has lived in Hawaii most of his life. According to news reports, Schatz (D-HI), the current Lt. Governor of Hawaii, is Jewish and will serve until a special election in 2014.  With his appointment Schatz is one of 11 senators in the...

Hitler statue unveiled outside former Warsaw ghetto

(JTA) — An Italian artist reportedly placed a statue of Adolf Hitler in a building outside what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto. The statue, which depicts Hitler kneeling and is titled “Him,” is part of a new exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan titled “Amen,” according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In a statement Thursday, the center called the display a “tasteless misuse of art.”

Efraim Zuroff, the center’s Israel director, referred...

Former Israeli chief rabbi indicted for fraud

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was charged with fraud for his alleged involvement in a scam that issued false rabbinic credentials to civil servants. It reportedly is the first time a chief rabbi has been charged with fraud. Other charges levied against Bakshi-Doron on Monday include attempted fraud and breach of trust.

He is alleged to have been involved in a scam known as “the rabbi’s case,”...

Jerusalem building committee approved construction of 1,200 apartments in Gilo

JERUSALEM (JTA)– A Jerusalem building committee approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Gilo is located in southern Jerusalem on land that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and is considered a settlement by the international community.

The approval late Monday by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee comes less than a week after Israel was slammed by the international community for...

Oestreicher ‘disappointed’ with Bolivian Jewish community

(JTA) — New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher said that the reaction to his jailing by Bolivia’s Jewish community was “quite disappointing.” Ostreicher, who had been jailed in Bolivia without charges for 18 months, said in a media interview that he believes the country’s Jewish community is afraid of the government.

“To be honest with you, the Jewish community in Bolivia was quite disappointing,” Ostreicher told EJU-Monitoring News in Bolivia. “When I...

Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of Kerry as Secretary of State

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the dais at Tifereth Israel synagogue in Des Moines. Kerry delivered an emotional account of his...

Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to rule on women’s prayer at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women’s groups who want to pray at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to examine the issue, the Associated Press reported citing an unnamed Israeli government official.

The AP quoted Jewish Agency spokesman Benjamin Rutland as saying that Netanyahu told Sharansky that the Western Wall...

Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill. His wife and other son David and other family members were reportedly by his side when he passed away.

When...

Human Rights Watch: Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza violated rules of war

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian terror groups in Gaza violated the rules of war by targeting civilians during last month’s conflict with Israel, Human Rights Watch said. In a report issued Monday, the New York-based human rights organization said the Palestinian groups in Gaza violated international humanitarian law by firing some 1,500 rockets at Israel between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.

The rocket attacks, including the first from Gaza to strike...

Man arrested for vandalizing King David’s Tomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem Police have arrested a man for vandalizing King David’s Tomb. Two men reportedly were caught smashing the ceramic tiles that cover the tomb’s stone late on the night of Dec. 20. The arrested haredi Orthodox man, 30, told police that he came to the tomb in order to pray for a mate. He said that a second man, who fled the scene before he could be...