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U.S., Israel search for solution to visa dispute
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 1, 2014

The State Department is responding to pressure from Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill and is reviewing its policy on granting tourist visas to Israeli citizens. Julia Frifield, the department’s assist- ant secretary for legislative affairs, announced on April 17 the formation of a working group with the Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s Foreign Ministry. CONTINUE »

BY JTA
May 1, 2014

A Houston man pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to two city synagogues. Dante Phearse, 33, appeared in a federal court in Texas on Monday to respond to two civil rights violations charges for using the “threat of force with an explosive device which allegedly obstructed members of the synagogues from enjoying the free CONTINUE »

BY JTA
May 1, 2014

The Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs. The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported. Under the revised policy, U.S. troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
May 1, 2014

The Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was in critical condition after being shot in the back by an unidentified gunman on Monday. Gennady Kernes, 54, was going for his morning swim when he was shot and was immediately rushed to a local hospital, journalist Zurab Alasania — who works for the state-run National CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
May 1, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a compensation deal between Israel and Turkey is forthcoming. In an interview with Charlie Rose of PBS, Erdogan said the deal would lead to “normalization” with Israel and will be signed in the next few weeks. “With the completion of this stage, we may move toward a CONTINUE »