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Kerry: Talks not ‘dead,’ but . . .

Kerry: Talks not ‘dead,’ but . . .

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is sticking with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for now despite a crisis that has threatened to scuttle talks.

That’s the message US officials were peddling as a top State Dept. team was in the region turning over the engine attempting to restart the talks.

“The bitter irony is that at this point the fight is over process, it’s not over the final status agreement,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in testimony Tuesday, April 8, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

US efforts to keep the talks alive were accompanied by warnings that the process was not open-ended.

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International

Crimean Karaites say they’re Jews, but told the tsars and Nazis otherwise

Crimean Karaites say they’re Jews, but told the tsars and Nazis otherwiseKIEV — Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the strategically critical peninsula that dangles from Ukraine into the Black Sea, has drawn international condemnation. But for the leader of the All-Ukrainian Organization of Crimean Karaites — a group with an unusual heritage — joining Russia is a welcome development. “In Crimea, the majority of Karaites support annexation to Russia, and voted for it,” Vladimir Ormeli, the group’s head, told JTA. “Culture and people connect us with Russi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:14 )

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Israel

Olmert headed to jail

Olmert headed to jailTEL AVIV — Now we know one thing for sure: Ehud Olmert will never again be prime minister of Israel. Olmert, who led Israel’s government from 2006 to 2009, was convicted Monday morning of taking bribes in the Holyland affair, a scandal involving the illegal construction of high-rise apartments in Jerusalem when Olmert was the city’s mayor more than a decade ago. Olmert was convicted of receiving about $150,000 in bribes through his brother, Yossi.
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National

Pollard for peace?

Pollard for peace?WASHINGTON — Possibilities raised during efforts to resolve the current crisis over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks include freeing Jonathan Pollard, a partial settlement freeze, guarantees that Palestinians won’t push for international recognition and a mass prisoner release. Officials close to the talks confirmed to JTA that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed a formula that would extend the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, now on t...
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Rebranding of Allied Jewish Apartments

Rebranding of  Allied Jewish ApartmentsKAVOD Senior Life, formerly Allied Jewish Apartments, is the new name of one of Denver’s leading providers of senior housing and services as well as outreach programs in the broader community. Michael Klein, executive director of Kavod Senior Life, made the announcement. Community members are invited to join Kavod Senior Life and celebrate this change at the annual meeting on Monday, April 28, 6 p.m., at 22 S. Adams St. The evening includes kosher hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Reservations...
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SNL’s Top 10 Jewish moments

Jana Banin Just in time for the 40th season premiere, we compiled the comedy show’s greatest Jewish hits —  from Gilda Radner’s “Saving ‘Soviet Jewelry’” to an unforgettabl... [Link]

Only 12 Jews left in Egypt, community leader says

Marcy Oster Only 12 Jews remain in Egypt, the remnant of a community of some 100,000 that lived there until the 1950s, the community’s leader said. ... [Link]

Israel approves $300 million grant to Intel

Marcy Oster Israel’s economic and finance ministries approved a five-year grant of $300 million to Intel Corp. ... [Link]

At ‘Klinghoffer’ opera protest, Met guests meet angry Jews

Raffi Wineburg Hundreds of uninvited guests turned up on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to voice their discontent about the planned production “The Death of Klinghoffer.” ... [Link]

France’s National Front gaining among Jews with tough stance on Arab anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz The party long shunned by French Jewry more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, a recent study found. ... [Link]

In landmark ruling, Arab Bank held liable for supporting Hamas

Gabrielle Birkner The case, brought by nearly 300 U.S. citizens who had been injured or lost family members during the second intifada, sets a major legal precedent. ... [Link]

French chief rabbi: Non-Muslims in Middle East akin to Holocaust victims

Cnaan Liphshiz French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia made an urgent plea to Europe to defend non-Muslims in the Middle East, whom he likened to Holocaust victims. ... [Link]

U.S. providing additional $71 million in Gaza aid

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza. ... [Link]

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