Florida Congresswoman Leads Delegation to Israel

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Congressional delegation to Israel met with several of the country's key figures, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, quarterbacked a Congressional delegation, along with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), to Israel. The delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership, regional stability,… Read More

Between Green And Red

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It is virtually impossible to eat a watermelon by yourself. The juicy red fruit begs to be shared, and in a large vacant lot just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, all kinds of people are sharing plates of watermelon and salty cheese. The event is called The Meeting Point, and it harkens back… Read More

Aggressive Moves

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Politicians, whether hardliners or conciliators, are using last weekend’s swearing in of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, as a possible foothold to stop that country from gaining nuclear weapons. “Iran may have a new president, but its march toward a nuclear program continues,” declared Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) And Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) stressed that… Read More

Polish Democracy May Make Missteps

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For the past decade, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and I, as Poland’s honorary consul in the San Francisco Bay Area, have been involved directly in furthering the renaissance of Jewish life in Poland. The renaissance is viewed as a “miracle” in Poland and around the world. At my foundation, we receive… Read More

Kosher Slaughter Ban

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The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has a Jewish problem. In a painful affront to the Jewish community, it recently defeated a government initiative to reinstate the legality of kosher slaughter of animals. This prompted Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, to threaten resignation and triggered sharp criticism of the Sejm from Jewish… Read More

City of Buenos Aires Sponsoring First Kosher Festival

The Buenos Aires city government is holding its first kosher products and Jewish culture festival. The Buenos Aires Celebrates Kosher festival on Aug. 4 will be held in Barrancas de Belgrano city park, one of the largest in the Argentinian capital. It is being organized by the city’s tourism agency and promoted by the Ministry… Read More

Rabbi Shot In Southern Russia In Possible Anti-Semitic Attack

A Chabad rabbi working in southern Russia was shot and seriously wounded in what police say may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Unknown assailants shot Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, on Wednesday night as he exited his car and headed into his home in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, according to… Read More

Canadian Jewish News to Resume Print Edition

Three months after announcing its closure, the Canadian Jewish News said it would resume publishing its print edition on Aug. 1. The paper said it would return with a slimmed-down staff and a new editor in chief, in addition to a higher price for subscribers, Canada’s National Post reported. It had received widespread support following… Read More

EU Guidelines

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)

While new European Union guidelines directed at Israel’s settlement activity caused an uproar in Israel and consternation among many of its supporters, the rules’ real power seems for now to be largely symbolic. But the rules, which would ban EU funding to Israeli institutions in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem beginning Jan…. Read More

Cloud Of Secrecy

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We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington. We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or agree to negotiate based on its pre-1967 borders. We don’t… Read More