How Israel, U.S. ‘manage’ minority problems

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–Overlapping events in Jerusalem and Ferguson, Missouri make it timely to consider one of the most sensitive of policy issues in both Israel and the United States, with emerging similarities in European countries that are no longer homogeneous ethnically. Even the label “managing minorities” will be viewed by some as disparaging, arrogant, […]

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Giving thanks for Thanksgiv’g

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Thanksgiving is a day when Americans of all faiths sit at one spiritual table with many of the same trimmings and family customs. Thanksgiving liberates us from specific theological claims and allows us to contemplate the common creed of gratitude.  It’s the only pure festival and nobody is fighting […]

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Zionism unites Dershowitz, Cruz

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NEW YORK (Press Release)– A record crowd of over 1,100 people attended the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) 116th Louis B. Brandeis Award National Dinner on Sunday, November 23 at the New York City’s elegant Grand Hyatt Hotel. Major ZOA donors provided tables for 261 student activists from various universities around the country. Rising Republican star and […]

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Columnist Beinart to discuss Israel here Dec. 15

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)— Peter Beinart, a former editor of the New Republic and currentlyh a columnist for Haaretz, will discuss his insights into recent developments in Israel and the region, the Israel-Diaspora relationship and the changing dynamics around Israel on college campuses at 7 p.m. Monday, December 15th at  at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Center Drive, […]

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JNS news briefs: November 24, 2014

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, source of past controversy on Israel, to resign (JNS.org) U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a past source of controversy due to his statements about Israel, will resign. The New York Times, citing senior U.S. officials, reported Monday that President Barack Obama decided to push for Hagel’s resignation “as a recognition […]

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ADL denounces Turkish governor’s threats against shul

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NEW YORK (Press Release) — The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Sunday, Nov. 23, expressed outrage at a Turkish governor’s threats to turn a century-old synagogue into a museum — as punishment, he says, for Israel’s alleged actions against Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Dursun Sahin, governor of the province of Edirne, said he was turning the 107-year old Buyuk […]

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Key Congress members to Abbas: End incitement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) –Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, on Thursday, Nov. 20, wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to urge decisive […]

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JNS news briefs: November 21, 2014

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Shipment of knives and fireworks seized en route to eastern Jerusalem (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A massive shipment of weapons bound for the Beit Hanina neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem was intercepted by Israeli authorities on Thursday at the Ashdod port. The recipients of the cargo, sent from China, claimed they were receiving a shipment of […]

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Funding announced for educational leadership study

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PALO ALTO, California (Press Release)—The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) has selected American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct its inaugural research project in Jewish Educational Leadership. This project is designed to begin creating a research base to inform and develop the practices and effectiveness of leaders in Jewish educational settings. CASJE, […]

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AJC urges Obama to approve Keystone Pipeline

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NEW YORK (Press Release)– AJC on Wednesday, Nov. 19, urged the Obama Administration to expedite the Keystone XL Pipeline review process and approve the project, following the Senate’s failure to pass a bill that would have compelled its construction. AJC has long advocated for the pipeline and supported the bill that was defeated by one vote. “The […]

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ZOA to honor Cruz, Dershowitz, Leven, Hagee

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NEW YORK (Press Release) – The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the nation’s oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States is excited to announce a star- studded line up for its annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner on Sunday November 23. The dinner will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, […]

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JNS news briefs: November 19, 2014

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Iranian spy reaches plea deal, will serve 7-8 years in Israeli prison (JNS.org) Ali Mansouri, 58, an Iranian national arrested more than a year ago on suspicion of spying for Iran against Israel, will confess to the charges against him after initially denying them and will be sentenced to a prison term of seven to […]

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New Israel Fund report seen as unreliable

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–In 1869 Mark Twain published his impressions of Jerusalem in The Innocents Abroad. Along with frequent assertions of respect for the city’s history and its meaning to him and many others, he described a general level of filth, disease and poverty that surpasses just about everything in the contemporary Third World. “It […]

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Is Leichtag Foundation supporting anti- Israel groups?

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Controversial public relations executive Ron Torossian, a pro-Israel activist based in New York City  who was once national president of the North American branch of Betar, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, challenged the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego County to explain its contributions to the New Israel Fund, an […]

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