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PA Prime Minister Fayyad building the institutions of a state

PA Prime Minister Fayyad building the institutions of a state

JERUSALEM — Pundits and politicians have taken recently to comparing PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion.

No less a figure than President Shimon Peres, one of Ben-Gurion’s foremost disciples, is the latest Israeli leader to offer the accolade.

The reason is simple: Like Ben-Gurion, Fayyad is building institutions of statehood.

In the 1920s, the Jews of Palestine under the single-minded Ben-Gurion established institutions for what they called the state-in-the-making: the Haganah with the idea of a single armed force; the Histadrut Trade Union, with a department for workers’ rights, a health fund, a bank and the Solel Boneh construction company; and the Jewish Agency dealing with immigration, schools and hospitals.

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Israel

Biden in Israel: no nuclear Iran

Biden in Israel: no nuclear IranJERUSALEM — US Vice President Joe Biden expressed America’s “absolute, total, unvarnished commitment to Israel’s security” at a press conference in Jerusalem following a meeting with Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, March 8. As such, Biden said, Washington was “determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and we are working with many countries around the world to convince Iran to meet its international obligations to cease and desist.” The cornerstone of ...
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National

Federation’s tweets of complex speeches and issues earn praise and criticism

Federation’s tweets of complex speeches and issues earn praise and criticismWASHINGTON — Rain pouring in Jerusalem, tears streaming down the faces of fans of Team USA, tremors shaking Chile — and always, always lunch at Eli’s. You have entered the @Daroff tweet zone. William Daroff, the Washington director of Jewish Federations of North America, has taken the organization that couldn’t get its initials straight and boiled it down to an engaging, entertaining and at times abrasive representation of the Jewish establishment in 140 characters or less. Daroff’s...
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DNA and the Holocaust: Can we identify the relatives of the victims?

THE recent emergence of DNA research has proven itself a mighty key in the ongoing struggle to solve once impenetrable mysteries. In Colorado alone, information derived from DNA has absolved people convicted of terrible crimes, convicted others of such crimes, and restored a name to a Jane Doe who perished at a murderer’s hand more than half a century ago. Next week in Denver, Jews will have the opportunity to use this new but already powerful science to unlock some mysteries of the Holocaus...
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National

Jewish groups answer ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ taking place on university campuses

Jewish groups answer ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ taking place on university campusesNEW YORK — At universities across the globe, the annual springtime ritual known as Israel Apartheid Week is kicking off this week, and Jewish students and pro-Israel groups have been readying themselves to respond in force. Unlike past years, when intense pro-Palestinian activity in the wake of Israel’s offensives in Gaza and Lebanon caught many Jewish students off guard, this year the pro-Israel community is ready with initiatives of its own. The largest effort, Israel Peace Week, is help...
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Two Israelis killed in Nepal bus accident

Julie Wiener Two Israelis were killed and at least three wounded in a tourist bus accident Friday in Nepal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: The funeral (and TV movie) of Klinghoffer

Raffi Wineburg Decades before thousands would show up to protest “The Death of Klinghoffer,” over 1,000 came to honor the death of Klinghoffer. ... [Link]

Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, pioneering online Talmud teacher, dies at 56

Raffi Wineburg Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, founder and director of online Talmud study program MAQOM and author of numerous books, has died. ... [Link]

Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants

Marcy Oster Nominations have opened for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding English-speaking immigrants to Israel. ... [Link]

Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

Marcy Oster Lawyers for an American of Palestinian descent accused of concealing her conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel are seeking to bar references to terrorism at her trial. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent claim that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

Danish health director: No reason to ban circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

European rabbis seek laws singling out anti-Semitic hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

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