Brussels Jewish museum shooter to be extradited to Belgium

A French court has ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche — the suspected shooter at the Brussels Jewish museum last month — be extradited to Belgium, where he would be tried on murder charges, the BBC reported. The May 24 shooting left four victims dead, including an Israeli couple. According to French authorities, the 29-year-old French-Algerian terrorism… Read More

Making A Stand

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Budapest, Hungary — It isn’t every day that Jewish organizations reject funding for Holocaust commemorations. But that’s what happened in Hungary this spring when Jewish groups refused nearly $1 million in special state grants to protest what they see as the government’s whitewashing of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust. “We wanted to send a very… Read More

Dangerous Crossroads

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ALON SHVUT — The group of several dozen seventh-graders had just finished school and were preparing to return to their homes in this bloc of communities near Bethlehem in the area Israel acquired in 1967. A few of the boys, their skullcaps blowing in the wind, stuck out their index fingers — the Israeli equivalent… Read More

A Conflict?

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The election of Reuven Rivlin as president of Israel has left many American Jewish groups in a quandary about whether he shares their values or not. Rivlin, 74, was a champion of Israel’s minorities when he served as speaker of the Knesset, but he opposes a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a position that… Read More

Pushing for Israel

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A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle… Read More

A Man of Contradiction

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TEL AVIV — The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title. Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to succeed Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post chosen by… Read More

Meng Dynasty

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She may not be flashy, a firebrand speechmaker or even very well-known outside of her Queens congressional district, but despite her brief legislative career, freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has become one of Congress’ most steadfast supporters of Israel and Jewish issues. Along the way she has endeared herself to colleagues and supporters on both… Read More

Overblown Rhetoric

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To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed… Read More

A Close Watch

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The United States intends to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said June 2 that the U.S. “will be judging this government by its actions. Based on what we know now, we intend to work… Read More

Under Scrutiny

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After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying to attach the appropriate symbolism to Pope Francis’ visit to the region. Nearly every stop made by the pontiff was subjected to simultaneous scrutiny… Read More