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BY JTA
January 30, 2014

Jewish-American actress Scarlett Johansson has come under fire from human rights groups for serving as a spokeswoman for Israeli carbonated beverage company SodaStream. Oxfam International, a human rights group that Johansson is involved with, took issue with her deal due to its opposition to “all trade from Israeli settlements.” SodaStream has long been the target CONTINUE »

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Large chunk of Israel-related appropriations support missile defense
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
January 23, 2014

With much fanfare and six different pens, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014 last Friday, capping years of Congressional budget fights and officially alleviating the sequester cuts that last year began indiscriminately slashing government spending. The bill, negotiated by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and CONTINUE »

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Anti-government protests approach fourth month
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
January 23, 2014

Two violent anti-Semitic incidents that took place in Kiev over the course of a week have alarmed the Ukrainian Jewish community. Some experts speculate that the events could be related to the political conflict that has engulfed the country since November 2013. On Jan. 11, several men attacked Hillel Wertheimer, an Orthodox Jewish and Israeli CONTINUE »

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Soft-spoken and methodical, he investigates claims on behalf of Chief Rabbinate
BY Ben Sales, JTA
January 16, 2014

To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a CONTINUE »

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Controversial resolution passes after BDS panels
BY By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
January 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of CONTINUE »