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  • Kosovar refugees arrive in Israel on eve of Holocaust remembrance

    JERUSALEM, April 12 (JTA) — The poignant convergence of Holocaust Remembrance Day and the arrival of 112 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo was not lost on anyone. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the dignitaries who welcomed the flight of refugees on Monday, which was organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Israel agreed to grant…

  • Secular conversions’ proposed

    JERUSALEM, April 4 (JTA) — Labor Knesset member Yossi Beilin has touched off a fresh storm in the religious-secular debate with a controversial proposal for “secular conversions.” Beilin details the idea in his latest book, “The Death of the American Uncle,” an examination of Israeli-Diaspora relations on the eve of the 21st century. Beilin, who…

  • Practice surgery’ by IDF doctors prompts outcry among Israeli public

    JERUSALEM, April 4 (JTA) — The disclosure that the Israeli army allows military doctors-in-training to practice emergency surgery techniques on the bodies of fallen soldiers has sparked a public outcry — and could lead to a criminal investigation into the practice. The practice came to light in a report published several weeks ago in a…

  • Israel takes measures against Palestinian offices in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, March 29 (JTA) — Israel has ordered a series of measures against what it says are illegal Palestinian activities in eastern Jerusalem. Among the steps taken Monday was a directive to close three organizations allegedly linked to the Palestinian Authority: a Palestinian prisoner’s club, the WAFA Palestinian news agency and a manufacturers’ office. Prime…

  • U.S. teen-ager who fled to Israel faces first-degree murder charge

    JERUSALEM, March 22 (JTA) — Israeli prosecutors have charged a Maryland teen-ager with first-degree murder in a 1997 dismemberment killing. Monday’s indictment of Samuel Sheinbein came one day after the Supreme Court ruled out any possibility for his extradition to the United States to stand trial on similar charges. In its ruling, the high court…

  • Issue of Palestinian statehood prompts threats, counter-threats

    JERUSALEM, March 21 (JTA) — The issue of Palestinian statehood is generating increasingly heated threats and counter-threats from both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday of severe and forceful consequences should Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian state on May 4, the end of the interim period…

  • Conviction of Shas leader could spark ethnic tensions

    JERUSALEM, March 17 (JTA) — The conviction of a powerful Israeli political leader on charges of taking bribes, fraud and breach of public trust could raise ethnic tensions among Israelis in advance of the upcoming elections. A three-judge panel in Jerusalem’s District Court on Wednesday handed down its long-awaited verdict in the trial of Arye…

  • Barak comes out swinging after report clears his name

    JERUSALEM, March 15 (JTA) — Findings in a report about the Labor Party candidate for prime minister may deprive his political foes of at least one piece of ammunition against him. Ehud Barak came out swinging Monday, lashing out at his accusers after a state report cleared him of charges involving a 1992 army training…

  • Netanyahu may be questioned in police probe of Ariel Sharon

    JERUSALEM, March 15 (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be next in line for police questioning regarding alleged influence peddling by his foreign minister. Israel’s attorney general cleared the way for Netanyahu to be questioned about allegations that Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon bribed a former general to give false testimony in Sharon’s libel trial…

  • Israel’s Cabinet firmly rejects E.U. stance regarding Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, March 14 (JTA) — Israeli officials are up in arms regarding a statement from the current leadership of the European Union that questions Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem. During its weekly meeting Sunday, the Cabinet rejected what it said was a challenge by the European Union to Israeli control over all of Jerusalem. The E.U….