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  • Activists Gather in Kiev for Interethnic Tolerance

    Activists from a leading Jewish women’s organization gathered in Kiev to build interethnic tolerance and civil society in Ukraine. Leaders and activists of Project Kesher on Monday discussed the impact that its Not in Our Town program is having in the region and changes that have taken place this year in Ukrainian society. The Not… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸

  • Barak Stresses Israeli Strength in Peace Bid

    Ehud Barak said Israel must be strong yet open to peace with its neighbors. The Labor Party leader, appearing Monday at a plenary session of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Jerusalem, was the first of three prime minister candidates to speak at the Jewish federation system’s annual conference. Barak, the defense minister and… More ▸

  • Peres: No Doubts About Obama

    Israeli President Shimon Peres told the annual gathering of the North American Jewish federation system that he has no fears about the new U.S. president. Peres, speaking Monday to a plenary at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly, which is taking place in Jerusalem this week, said he is sure that Barack Obama will be… More ▸

  • Israeli Arab Indicted for Contact with Terrorists

    An Israeli-Arab woman was indicted for agreeing to help Palestinian terrorists. Somaiya Abu Ghanem, 21, of Ramle, was charged Monday in Petach Tikvah District Court with having contact with a foreign agent. The Israel Security Agency, in cooperation with the Israel Police, had arrested Ghanem on Oct. 28. During the investigation, it emerged that the… More ▸

  • Galilee Bedouins Claim Obama As Relative

    A tribe of Bedouin from northern Israel claims it is blood relatives of Barack Obama. The 8,000-member tribe in the Bir al-Maksour village in the Galilee plans to hold a party in Obama’s honor next week at which they will slaughter a dozen goats to feed everyone, Abdul Rahman Sheik Abdullah told the The Times,… More ▸

  • Britain to Honor Israeli Industrialist

    Queen Elizabeth II will honor an Israeli industrialist after he donated $20 million to projects involving the United Kingdom’s maritime heritage. Sami Ofer will fund the project at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. A new wing at the National Maritime Museum will be named the Sami Ofer Wing. Ofer has been awarded… More ▸

  • Iran Tests New Missile

    Iran claimed that it successfully test-fired a new surface-to-surface missile that puts Israel within its reach. In announcing the test Wednesday, Iran’s state-run media claimed that the Islamic Republic was ready to defend itself against any attacker, Reuters reported. The two-stage Sejil missile was tested in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Majjar,… More ▸

  • Peres Praises Saudi Peace Plan

    The Saudi-led peace initiative is a “serious opening for real progress,” Shimon Peres told a United Nations gathering. “We cannot change the past. However, we can shape our future,” Israel’s president said of the conflict between Israel and ts Arab neighbors during an address Wednesday to the U.N. interfaith dialogue summit. “This seems more feasible… More ▸

  • Russia Offers Tanks, Artillery to Lebanon

    A Lebanese parliamentary leader said that Russia promised to sell tanks and artillery to his country. At the same time, Russia expects Lebanon to recognize the independence of the Georgian breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, according to reports. Saad Hariri, the leader of the majority in Lebanon’s parliament, said he discussed the arms… More ▸