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Milton Gralla, 84, Philanthropist and Publisher

28 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
Milton Gralla, a Jewish philanthropist and longtime publisher of business magazines, died in Boca Raton, Fla., on July 11. He was 84. As an active...

Despite Fervent Objections by All Seven ‘Green Line’ Universities, Ariel U. Becomes a Reality

The 11-2 vote came despite vehement opposition from the country's other seven universities.

Obama Says He Failed to Push Mid East Peace, Vows to Do Better in...

27 Tammuz 5772 – July 17, 2012
"I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the Middle East the way I wanted," he told WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington on Sunday, in response to a question on whether there was "anything you believe you failed at, not because Congress wouldn't play ball, but that rests squarely on your shoulders and has you desperate to get that second term to atone for it?"

Clinton Says US Commitment to Israel ‘Rock Solid,’ Wants Support for Palestinian Authority

In meetings Monday with Israeli leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on them to take steps to strengthen the Palestinian Authority. According to a news report, Clinton has received a promise from President Morsi that he would not end the closure of the Gaza Strip. Clinton reiterated that the U.S. "commitment to Israel is rock solid. By strengthening Israel's security we are strengthening U.S. security."

Suburban Philly Temple to Feature GOP Speaker after Wasserman Schultz

26 Tammuz 5772 – July 16, 2012
A Philadelphia-area Reform temple will feature a Republican speaker to balance an appearance by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic...

Righteous Gentiles Honored in Warsaw, But Poland’s Record Remains Abysmal

Unfortunately, as highly as Jews praise the sacrifices made by brave Poles, it is difficult to overlook Poland's abysmal record in caring for its Jewish citizens.

Anti-Israel Billboards Posted at NY Metro Stations

26 Tammuz 5772 – July 15, 2012
The ads depict a succession of shrinking Palestinian territories in four maps and are accompanied by a statement that reads: “4.7 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the United Nations.” The ad claims to cover “Palestinian loss of land” from 1946 to 2010.

Hamas: Morsi Will Protect Gaza from Israel

25 Tammuz 5772 – July 14, 2012
The head of Hamas in Gaza said Egypt's new president would shield Gaza from attacks by Israel and would lift the blockade.

Romney Schedules Jerusalem Fundraiser by End of Tisha B’Av Fast

23 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
"It wasn't really a gaffe," says Jonny Daniels, a leading Republican political strategist in Israel. "They knew what the day was, but they were looking for the correct time and circumstance to do it. Instead it ended up seeming like a big dinner, but that's not really what it is."

Jewish Groups Sharply Condemn Church of England’s Endorsement of Anti-Israel Program

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
On Monday, the Church of England's General Synod overwhelmingly passed a motion to support the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. The program "brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation" and "monitor and report human rights abuses" for a period of three to four months. As part of the program, participants are encouraged to lobby on behalf of the Palestinian cause upon their return.

Florida DNC Member Resigns over Leaked Anti-Israel Emails

20 Tammuz 5772 – July 10, 2012
Evelyn Garcia: "I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression, (yes, confiscating other peoples' land and building illegal settlements is aggression), not to mention ‘incursions’ that kill PEOPLE, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over, mass concentration prison camps, etc, etc, etc.”

NJDC Calls on Romney to Return ‘Adelson’s Tainted Money Immediately’

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 6, 2012
NJDC President David Harris says Sheldon Adelson's money is bad because the casino magnate approved of prostitution at his China properties.

Hillary to Visit Israel, PA, Egypt – Audience with Morsi Not Certain

The announcement of Clinton's visit comes just after news earlier this week that Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would visit Israel this summer. "As part of her ongoing consultations with senior Palestinian and Israeli leaders, the Secretary will also meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas" – in Paris. But the State Dept. is vague on a meeting with newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

State Rejects Ariel’s University Status as Peers Fear Its Success

15 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
The Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel's Council for Higher Education recommended Wednesday to defer the decision until a comprehensive evaluation is undertaken in the next year. The list of Ariel's accomplishments may be the very reason for its failure to achieve recognition by its peers in Israel.

Half of US Reform Rabbis Officiate at Intermarriages

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
While the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) does not have statistics on how many of its 2,000 Reform rabbis in North America officiate at intermarriages, when pressed, Rabbi Hara Person, director of CCAR Press, estimated "it's about half." A resolution proposed at CCAR's 2008 annual convention called for dropping the official opposition to intermarriages. The resolution was tabled but the practice is now commonplace.

Iran Launches Long Range Missiles in Response to Tougher Sanctions

13 Tammuz 5772 – July 3, 2012
With tougher sanctions by the European Union taking effect, Iran announced new missile tests and threatened to obliterate Israel. The Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps launched missiles with ranges of 300, 500, 800, and 1,300 kilometers, the Mehr agency reported on Tuesday.

Foster Son of Jewish Mom Leads Italy to Final

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
Mario Balotelli, who scored two amazing goals against Germany June 28, to take Italy into the Euro 12 soccer championship final against Spain on Sunday (which they lost 4-0, and were totally outclassed by the world champion) – grew up as the foster son of a Jewish mother. Balotelli talked about his adoptive Jewish mother when the Italian national squad visited Auschwitz ahead of the start of the games.

Polish Synagogue to Günter Grass: Don’t Come Back

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
Nobel Prize winner author Günter Grass was asked not to visit the synagogue in Gdansk, his birthplace.

Former 5th Av. Synagogue President Returns $410 Million to Madoff Victims

6 Tammuz 5772 – June 26, 2012
As president of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Merkin introduced Madoff to members like Mort Zuckerman and Elie Wiesel, who together took "a $2 billion bloodbath."

Mofaz Reveals to Obama Reason for Wide Coalition: Revive 2-State Solution

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 22, 2012
Mofaz, the Kadima leader who is in Washington this week for his first round of meetings since joining his party to the government, had a surprise meeting Thursday with the U.S. president when Obama interrupted a scheduled meeting with Tom Donilon, the national security adviser.

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