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Supreme Court: Jerusalem Passport Issue A Matter For Lower Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports – a ruling that drew praise from Jewish groups. The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky. His family for years has sought to force the State Department to agree to state on his passport that he was born in Israel, citing a law passed by Congress in 2002.

Global March Could Bring Thousands Of Arabs To Israel’s borders

JERUSALEM – If pro-Palestinian calls for a so-called Global March to Jerusalem are heeded, thousands of Arabs from the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria could converge on Israel’s borders.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Former ‘Spiritual Advisor’ to President Obama, Now Advisor to Global March...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, George Galloway,Sheikh Raed Salah, and former 'spiritual advisor' to President Obama Reverend Jeremiah Wright, have all volunteered their moral (and no doubt other forms) of support to ensure the success of the 'march', which is set for March 30th.

US Requesting Extra Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome,’ Obama Gaining Praise

The Pentagon will ask Congress for additional funds for the "Iron Dome" missile shields for Israel, based on their success in intercepting rockets launched from Gaza. Coming one day after drawing fire for his open-mic remarks, President Obama is winning points from pro-Israel Congress members for his increased support. Rafael, which manufactures the Domes systems, just reported $111 million in net earnings for 2011.

Brandeis Students Disrupt Meeting with Israeli Lawmakers

Brandeis University students disrupted a panel discussion at a Boston-area synagogue featuring Israeli lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The students, members of the Brandeis Students...

Mofaz Wins Kadima Primary Polls by 62% to Livni’s 38%

Out of 95 thousand registered Kadima party members, only 40% voted by 10 p.m., when the polls closed. It was rumored that left-leaning Haim Ramon was planning to resign as Chair of the Kadima Council. Along with the Mofaz win, this may suggest that the party is moving to the right. It may also mean that Kadima could not be taken for granted as partnering with the left on issues such as religious vs. secular tensions.

Amnesty International Press Release Condemns Sharp Rise in Middle East Executions, Ignores Hamas Death...

The organization says that in 2011, 676 people were executed with full public disclosure worldwide. The rise in Iran and Saudi Arabia alone accounted for the net increase of 149 recorded executions as compared to 2010. But the press release, which will be used by news outlets everywhere, is silent on executions which took place in the Gaza strip under the aegis of Hamas.

Obama Off-the-Record: I Will Have Greater Flexibility on Foreign Policy After Presidential Election

President Obama was unaware that he was within microphone range at the Seoul Nuclear Summit when he made the comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Ecstasy, Hashish Seized in Gaza

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that Police in north Gaza on Monday detained a man in possession of Ecstasy and hashish. Jabalia police said...

UNRWA Press Release: US is UNRWA’s Largest Bilateral Donor

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA expressed his gratitude for the crucial support extended by the United States: "The United States remains UNRWA's largest bilateral donor and this latest contribution again demonstrates America's strong support to the Agency and its activities, of which improving the lives of Palestinian refugee youth, and the opportunities open to them, is such an important part."

IDF Sappers Disable Explosives Near Gaza Security Fence

According to the IDF Spokesperson, sappers were called to disassemble an explosive device planted adjacent to the security fence outside the Gaza strip. "This incident...

Entire Family Incinerated in Rehovot Fire

Less than two weeks before Passover, a terrible disaster destroyed an entire family in a fire that consumed a two-room housing unit in the...

Seattle LGBT to Visiting Israeli Homosexuals: Gay Aveck!

In the solidarity business, life can be unpredictable. Take, for instance, the story of the LGBT commission representing the gay community in Seattle, which this month canceled a Friday reception at City Hall for a visiting delegation of Israeli gay leaders. They argued that Israel was "pinkwashing" its treatment of the Palestinians by showing the world how fabulous they are on gay rights.

US Supreme Court Orders State Dept. to List Jerusalem, Israel, in American Passports

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday on the case of Zivotofsky v. Clinton, a suit in which Naomi and Ari Zivotofsky are challenging the way the State Department may list the birthplace of their son, nine-year-old Menachem. The State Department decided that little Menachem's US passport should show Jerusalem as his birth place, without an accompanying country.

Ranking US Congressman Introduces Legislation Offering Further Assistance on Iron Dome

The Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA) authorizes and encourages President Obama to provide funds for the "procurement, maintenance and sustainment" of more of the anti-missile defense systems, should the Israeli government request it. The legislation was actually inspired by an op-ed by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, in which he wrote that "at least ten Iron Dome systems will be necessary in order to defend the whole country."

Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Toulouse Killer Visited Israel in 2010

The Shin Bet, Israel's domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the man responsible for the murders of 7 people last week, visited...

Israel Cuts Contacts with UN Human Rights Council

Israel has officially decided to end all contact and cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and will not permit the entry of the Council's 'fact-finding' observers, after passage of a resolution calling for a probe of Israel's conduct in Judea and Samaria.

Iron Dome Deployed in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

There are currently three operational and actively deployed batteries, which are meant for deployment in the south of Israel, while the fourth battery is expected to become fully operational next week, and is intended for the Tel Aviv area.

Turkey Closes Embassy in Syria

Turkey has closed its embassy in Syria because of what it says is a worsening security situation, as President Bashar al-Assad continue to bombard the...

Sarkozy Grants Merah’s Victim a Posthumous Wedding

It may seem a bit macabre, but the terrible tale of multiple killings of innocents in Toulouse continues to yield messages of hope, peeking through the scenes of blood and gore. It began with the heartfelt plea for increased light that was issued by widow and grieving mother Chava (Eva) Sandler. Now the pregnant girlfriend of one of the Toulouse gunman's victims has said she will marry her murdered partner in a posthumous ceremony.

Sheldon Cooper’s Girlfriend Speaks at National Museum of American Jewish History about her Bat...

The lovely Mayim Bialik, heartthrob of millions of geeks as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, spoke at the National Museum of American Jewish History to mark the 90th anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah. I absolutely love Mayim, who confessed to nursing her own little boy, Fred, through age 3 ("I believe in child-led weaning"). I just think she may not be the best advocate for rituals of adulthood…

Ahmadinejad, Tajiki, Afghan, Pakistani, Presidents, Meet, Pledge Cooperation – Next ‘Quartet’ Summit in Kabul

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and Tajiki President Emomali Rahmon "called for more cooperation" during their summit in the Tajiki capital of Dushanbe on Sunday. The meeting happened against the background of the increasing economic sanctions against Iran.

Survey: 48 Percent of Gazans Blame Hamas for Fuel Crisis

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports that residents of the Gaza Strip mostly blame the Hamas government for their ongoing fuel crisis, according to...

Israel, PA Coordinating Fuel Transfer to the Gaza Strip

Israel has allowed a special transfer of fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, in order to accommodate the dire needs Palestinian civilians, according to...

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