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  • Technion satellite launch delayed

    NEW YORK, June 24 (JTA) — The launch of an Israeli university’s satellite has been delayed for two weeks to allow time to complete the inspection of the launcher rocket. The satellite, designed and built at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, was scheduled to be launched Tuesday from a Russian military facility in…

  • Israel sets extradition hearing for teen-age murder suspect

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (JTA) — Israel has scheduled an extradition hearing for next month of the U.S. teen-ager who fled to Israel after allegedly committing murder. Samuel Sheinbein will face eight days of hearings, beginning Feb. 22, before a three-judge panel. A Montgomery County, Md. state’s attorney is expected to attend the hearing as a…

  • Germany agrees to expand compensation for survivors

    NEW YORK, June 30 (JTA) — Some 7,500 Holocaust survivors will receive compensation from Germany as a result of a new agreement. The agreement signed this month between Germany and the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany expands the eligibility criteria to two groups of survivors who until now have not received…

  • 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…

  • Israeli intelligence helped U.N. obtain Iraqi confession

    NEW YORK, March 1 (JTA) — Israel provided vital information that helped force an Iraqi official in 1995 to admit to developing biological weapons, according to The New York Times. The Times published an investigation last week reporting that Israeli intelligence officials gave documents to United Nations Special Commission for Iraq, the United Nations inspections…

  • Albright asks Jewish leaders for help in swaying Netanyahu

    WASHINGTON, March 29 (JTA) — In an extraordinary move, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has asked American Jewish organizational leaders to help push the peace process forward. In a conference call she initiated last Friday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Albright urged U.S. Jewish leaders to help her convince…

  • Israeli police find marijuana by the road

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) —Leave it to Israeli ingenuity. Israeli police have found dozens of marijuana plants hidden in a traffic island on a major road in Jerusalem. The plants were interspersed with flowers planted by the city. Two plainclothes detectives were shown on Israel Television digging up the illegal plants as cars whizzed by….

  • Red heifer declared impure after white hairs found on tail

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 21 (JTA) — A red cow named Melody, once thought to have fulfilled a biblical requirement, was declared impure last week. The declaration came after a rabbi detected white hairs on her tail. According to Jewish scripture, the ashes of a red heifer are required to purify Jews before they can enter the…

  • Jewish bachelor finds love, but she won’t go to Alaska

    NEW YORK, Mar. 3 (JTA) — The Alaskan Jewish bachelor who came to New York to find a bride is considering something he never thought he’d do: Move to the Big Apple. Jay Ramras, 33, came to New York four months ago from Fairbanks, Ala., at a relative’s suggestion. With approximately one-third of the nation’s…