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New York – Conservative Kiddush Clubs Declare Boycott on Scottish Whiskey

June 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM
New York - The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) – a partnership of 250 Jewish men’s clubs that claims more than 25,000 members throughout North America – has joined with synagogues both in Israel and in the diaspora in “suggesting a boycott of scotch from distillers located in West Dunbartonshire Council in Scotland at Kiddush and [in] public and private” celebrations. The...

Israel – Shas Members Meet Palestinian Officials

June 11, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Israel - Minister of Religious Affairs Yakov Margi, of the Shas Party, took part in a two-day seminar recently attended by other party members and a number of former Palestinian officials. The seminar, which was organized by the Geneva Initiative, included a tour of the future separation fence near Jerusalem. "We didn't change the world, but it is definitely important to talk," said former...

Tehran – Iran to Host Conference Targeting Israel’s Nuclear Program

June 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Tehran - Iran will host a conference on nuclear disarmament that will target the international community's policy of overlooking Israel's nuclear programs, official media reported Saturday. Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, who will chair the conference, said the focus would be on Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity and its refusal to neither confirm nor deny its alleged possession...

Lewisboro, NY – 4 Teens Face Hate-Crime Charges After Swastikas Spray-Painted On Jewish House

June 11, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Lewisboro, NY - Four young men are due in court Monday to face felony hate-crime charges after being accused of spray-painting anti-Semetic slurs and swastikas on a Jewish family's Lewisboro home on Friday. State troopers charged Michael Trapasso, 17, of South Salem, Cris Grispin, 17, of South Salem, Daniel Mitchell, 17, of Cross River and Michael Skalaski, 18, of Golden's Bridge with...

Las Vegas, NV – Temporary Deal Struck in Inmate’s Kosher Meal Suit

June 11, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Las Vegas, NV - An Orthodox Jewish inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City will continue to be able to eat kosher meals under a temporary resolution of his lawsuit. At a hearing Friday in Las Vegas before U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro, attorneys involved in Howard Ackerman's lawsuit said they had reached an agreement that eliminated the need for a restraining...

Somalia – Al-Qaida Suspect Wanted for 1998 US Embassy Blasts Was Killed

June 11, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Somalia - The al-Qaida mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania was killed this week at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu by Somali forces who didn't immediately realize he was the most wanted man in East Africa, officials said Saturday. The death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed — a man who topped the FBI's most wanted list for nearly 13 years — is the third...

South Bend, IN – Advocates To Obama: Grant Pollard Release To Enable Him Visit With Dying Father

June 11, 2011 at 10:24 PM
South Bend, IN - Advocates for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard redoubled their efforts this weekend to persuade US President Barack Obama to enable him to visit his visit his father on his deathbed . Pollard received a call from his brother Harvey that their father Morris, 95, was hospitalized at Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, Indiana, suffering from the...

Ramallah, West Bank – Fayyad Nominated To Head Palestinian Government

June 11, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Fatah movement nominated Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head a transitional Palestinian government Saturday as part of a unity deal with their rivals in the Islamic militant group Hamas. The nomination of the respected economist could ease Western concerns over the reconciliation deal, which offers Hamas an equal say in the administration that will govern until...

Washington – White House Waiting for Netanyahu to Accept Obama’s Peace Principles

June 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Washington - After laying out a vision for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the White House is now hoping Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will decide to accept that framework for negotiations, a senior US official told Jewish leaders Friday. The message seems to place the onus on Israel for moving forward with an overture toward the Palestinians, which the US would like to see as part of...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Central Bank Chief Applies To Head IMF

June 11, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's central bank chief has applied to head the International Monetary Fund, the bank said Saturday, acknowledging that obstacles stand in his way. Stanley Fischer has headed the Bank of Israel since 2005 and has held top jobs at the World Bank and at Citigroup Corp. He has been widely credited with enabling the country to largely escape the global economic crisis...

Washington – Weiner Checks Into Rehab As Dem. Leaders Ask Him To Check Out Of Congress

June 11, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Washington - Under fierce pressure from fellow Democrats to resign, Rep. Anthony Weiner announced Saturday he was entering professional treatment at an undisclosed location and requested a leave of absence from Congress. An aide for the embattled New York lawmaker made the disclosure in a statement shortly after several Democratic party leaders demanded he quit for exchanging messages and...

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