Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘appalling, offensive’

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. On his Facebook page Monday, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no longer invited to perform there, Matisyahu said the festival organizers had asked him “to write… Read More

Reparations How much should the PLO pay in terror compensation?

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The Obama administration on Monday cited potential economic and political repercussions to the Palestinian Authority when it asked a federal judge to “carefully consider” the amount of bond he will require for the PA to appeal large damages awarded to American victims of terror. At the conclusion of a lengthy civil trial in February, the… Read More

Schumer, Engel to Oppose Iran Deal

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) ANNOUNCED HIS OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

Two of the most watched Jewish lawmakers in Congress announced they will vote to disapprove of the Iran deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) both said Thursday evening they had considered the issue carefully before their decision. “Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot… Read More

Emotional Meet Team USA settles into Berlin’s past and present at European Maccabi games

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BERLIN — After a very early arrival in the German capital, a group of jetlagged athletes, parents and volunteers from the American delegation joined their British counterparts for dinner on July 26 prior to the official start of the 2015 European Maccabi Games. They mingled together in the expansive Estrel Hotel, where the delegations from… Read More

Hoops for Peace Kids’ basketball program teaches conflict resolution

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For the last 15 years, an international program has been attempting to take the first step toward world peace through an unlikely mechanism — basketball. Peace Players International, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, works to unite children of different communities from around the world that have a history of violence through programs that combine basketball and… Read More

Making the Connection Israeli Corporations use MIDC to invest in Maryland

Panelists from the Israel Embassy answer questions at MIDC day in Washington, D.C. (Photos provided)

About 130 people turned out for MIDC day at the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C., last month, hosted by the Maryland Israel Development Center. The attendees — a mix of businesspeople, academics and advocates from various Jewish organizations — mingled for an hour over food and drinks before listening to a panel discussion made up… Read More

Good or Bad? Area residents, clergy voice strong opinions about the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran

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With an agreement having been reached between the United States and Iran, concerned citizens and clergy from the greater Baltimore region are beginning to weigh in. The agreement, signed July 14 in Vienna, will require Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions previously imposed by the United… Read More

Merger Mess Clearer picture of Samsung anti-Semitism charges comes into focus

Only days away from a critical vote on a proposed merger that could shape the future of South Korea’s largest conglomerate and economic powerhouse, Samsung, the subsidiaries’ respective CEOs released a powerful joint statement attempting to distance themselves from a series of anti-Semitic attacks launched against one of the deal’s principals. After American hedge fund… Read More