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  • Composition of the 15th Knesset

    JERUSALEM, May 18 (JTA) — Following are the projected number of seats won by Israel’s political parties in the incoming 15th Knesset, based on 97.9 percent of the votes in Monday’s election. Numbers in parentheses indicate a party’s representation in the outgoing Knesset. Labor’s One Israel Coalition — 27 (Labor alone had 34) Likud —…

  • Israelis vote for dramatic change as they elect a new prime minister

    JERUSALEM, May 17 (JTA) — Israelis voted for dramatic change this week, electing a new prime minister and a very different Knesset. Ehud Barak, a former army chief of staff, was overwhelmingly elected the new prime minister of Israel, according to early exit polls. Barak received 58.5 percent of the vote to 41.5 percent for…

  • News at a Glance Last updated Friday, May 14, 5:51 PM ET

    Ehud Barak’s lead over Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be widening. A poll published Friday by the daily Ma’ariv gave the Israeli Labor Party leader a 13-point lead over the Likud prime minister. The Gallup poll puts Barak within a few thousand votes of an outright victory in Monday’s election if Azmi Bishara, an Israeli Arab…

  • Howard Lovy named managing editor of JTA

    NEW YORK, April 21 (JTA) — Howard Lovy, a journalist with 15 years of professional experience, has been named managing editor of JTA — the Global News Service of the Jewish People. Lovy, 33, who began work this week at JTA, succeeds Kenneth Bandler, who left the worldwide news agency in December. He comes to…

  • Jewish groups mobilize to aid Kosovar refugees

    NEW YORK, April 5 (JTA) — Jewish groups are taking an active role in aiding the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn province of Kosovo. The Albanian ambassador to the United Nations, Agim Nesho, recently met with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to thank them for the efforts of the American Jewish…

  • About 190 Jews evacuate Serbia as NATO bombing attacks continue

    NEW YORK, March 28 (JTA) — As NATO strikes continue in Kosovo and Yugoslavia, some Jews are choosing to leave the war-torn areas. About 190 Jews from Belgrade, Novi Sad and elsewhere in Yugoslavia have made their way to Budapest in recent days and are being cared for by the Budapest Jewish community, according to…

  • Yehudi Menuhin, musical genius and controversial figure, dead at 82

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the renowned violinist and conductor who passed away last Friday at the age of 82 in Berlin, will be remembered for his classic renditions of such pieces as the Elgar Violin Concerto. He will also be remembered as a controversial figure in the Jewish community. Menuhin…

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  • Book: Carter told Yasser Arafat how to gain ‘maximum sympathy

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — President Carter advised Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat how to reshape his image to win world sympathy for Palestinians, according to an upcoming book. Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at the University of New Orleans, says in his book, “The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White…

  • Heschel, King events slated around the world

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — Jewish communities around the world are gearing up for commemorations of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The 25th anniversary of Heschel’s yahrzeit is Friday, Jan. 16. Many of the events in the United States will also pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader for…