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U.S. ready to work with new Palestinian government, but …
BY Suzanne Pollak
June 5, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Making sense of Pope Francis’s whirlwind Mideast trip
BY Alex Traiman/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Belgian Jews gather to mourn after museum attack
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 29, 2014

BRUSSELS — Hunched over a small island of memorial candles for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Paul Ambach is lost in thought. “Once again, Jewish blood in Belgium, which is no longer Belgium,” said Ambach, a well-known Jewish musician from Antwerp, as he stared at the candles Sunday from CONTINUE »

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.
Six people from Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine arrived in Israel Tuesday
BY Marc Shapiro
May 28, 2014

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol, CONTINUE »

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ADL anti-Semitism study is historically large, but how accurate?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 22, 2014

While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain countries. The “ADL Global 100,” released last week, measures anti-Semitic sentiments in 102 countries and is considered the largest poll ever conducted on the CONTINUE »