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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 the verge of collapse, into 2015.

Among other elements discussed were:

• The release of Pollard, the American spy for Israel sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987, by Passover later this month.

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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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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 r...
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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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Hundreds protest ‘Klinghoffer’ opening

Raffi Wineburg Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside New York’s Metropolitan Opera House Monday night to protest the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” ... [Link]

Jack the Ripper not necessarily Jewish

Julie Wiener Scientists are contending that a recent book identifying the serial killer as a Jewish barber was based on flawed DNA analysis. ... [Link]

Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian state on ’67 lines

Marcy Oster Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found. ... [Link]

Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

Marcy Oster Several public buses featuring photos of young women wearing kippot and prayer shawls were vandalized in Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Some Beit Shemesh lawmakers eye splitting city into haredi and non-haredi entities

Marcy Oster Opposition members of the Beit Shemesh City Council submitted a proposal to divide the community into haredi Orthodox and non-haredi municipalities. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli team hails ex-Knesset lawmaker accused of treason

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli soccer team honored a former Knesset lawmaker who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

mbrodsky The Florida trainer has earned the trust of NBAers like Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, as well as those reaching for the stars. ... [Link]

In Knesset, former protest leader Stav Shaffir follows the money

Ben Sales The youngest female legislator in Israeli history says budget transparency is the key to solving nearly every social problem — including Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

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