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Saudi to US journalist: Don’t come! Stay out!

Saudi to US journalist: Don’t come! Stay out!

WASHINGTON — The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for the Jerusalem Post.

Michael Wilner, the Israeli newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, planned to cover President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week.

“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA in an email. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”

Meehan said Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have relations, but Wilner is a US citizen who has never lived in Israel.

Saudi Arabia previously has granted visas to journalists working for Israeli or Jewish news outlets.

 
International

Jewish president of Ukraine?

Jewish president of Ukraine?KIEV — Ukrainian Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine in the May elections. Rabinovich, 61, the owner and co-founder of Jewish News One and co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament, made the announcement during an interview Tuesday, March 25, for the Vesti.ua news website and online radio service. In the interview, which Rabinovich posted on his Facebook page, he said Ukraine should become a neutral nation, with a small professional army base...
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National

State, Congress battle over visas

State, Congress battle over visasWASHINGTON — The battle between members of Congress and the State Department over tourist visas for Israelis features two competing archetypes of the young Israeli traveler. The lawmakers paint a picture of a world traveler, matured by service to country, who deserves a break from the stresses of the Middle East. US consular officials, meanwhile, have warned of lawbreakers hawking dubious Dead Sea beauty products in malls and at rest stops. The debate surfaced publicly with a March 6 letter...
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Israel

Talks in crisis, Kerry cites ‘Jewish state’ issue

Talks in crisis, Kerry cites ‘Jewish state’ issueWASHINGTON — John Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian mutual mistrust remains high, and the US secretary of state expressed frustration with the issue of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Kerry fielded questions about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for two days last week from congressional committees probing his department’s budget requests. “I do believe both parties are serious,” Kerry told the foreign operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee of the US House ...

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 March 2014 10:03 )

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National

Judicial nominee rejected partly due to ADL ties

Judicial nominee rejected partly due to ADL tiesBOSTON — A judicial nominee for a seat on the top state court in Massachusetts was rejected in part because he had taken leadership positions with the ADL. Attorney Joseph Berman, who was nominated by Gov. Deval Patrick for a judgeship on the Massachusetts Superior Court, lost his bid on March 5 in a tie vote of 4-4 by the Governor’s Council, the eight-member elected body that votes on judicial nominations. The council has been missing its tie-breaking vote since June, when the state’s li...
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JTA News

In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future

Ron Kampeas The European Union’s newest country and its tiny Jewish community cooperate in their quests for recognition. ... [Link]

Man wrongly convicted of N.Y. rabbi’s murder receives $10 million settlement

Ben Sales Jabbar Collins, who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison, received a $10 million settlement from the city. ... [Link]

Judge blocks protest against Israeli Film Festival in Australia

Ben Sales A pro-Palestinian protest at the opening night of the Israeli Film Festival in Sydney will not go ahead, a judge ruled. ... [Link]

Israel Police: Put lawmaker Hanin Zoabi on trial for incitement

Ben Sales The Israel Police recommended that Hanin Zoabi be put on trial after the Arab-Israeli Knesset member allegedly insulted and threatened officers during an interrogation. ... [Link]

Israel attempts hit on Hamas commander as clashes resume

Ben Sales Israel attempted to assassinate a Hamas leader as clashes between Hamas and Israel resumed following Hamas rocket fire on Israel. ... [Link]

Philadelphia synagogue’s historian found murdered in home

Julie Wiener A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home. ... [Link]

State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization. ... [Link]

Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

Marcy Oster Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

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