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  • Olmert to Israelis: Unite Around Gaza Operation

    No country should have to live under constant threat of missile barrages, Ehud Olmert said in an address to Israelis. In his speech Saturday night, Israel’s prime minister, flanked by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, asked the Israeli public to unite around the IDF operation that began in Gaza earlier in… More ▸

  • In Kazakhstan, Jews Span Miles to Create Community

    For Dina Itkina, the number of times she has trekked hundreds of miles for a Jewish event are too many to count. But one time stands out in the mind of this young Jewish activist here – a journey to neighboring Uzbekistan. Seven years ago, at the age of 17, Itkina began with a 30-hour… More ▸

  • Kazakhstan Seen As Bridge to Muslim World

    In a world where Israel can claim few Muslim friends, no one is more passionate about Kazakhstan than the Israeli envoy to this oil-rich nation. While the nation jockeys to be a major energy producer, joining Caspian Sea neighbors Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan as a vital alternative to Middle East instability and Russian heavy-handedness, observers often… More ▸

  • Olmert Fraud Hearing Scheduled

    A hearing in the investigation of one of Ehud Olmert’s alleged fraud scandals was scheduled for February. The hearing was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. The prime minister’s lawyers had requested a May date. Olmert is accused of double-billing nonprofit organizations for airplane flights for public business and using the extra money to… More ▸

  • Amnesty Int’l Urges Yemen to Protect Its Jews

    Amnesty International has written to a government official in Yemen urging the country to protect its Jews. The human rights organization said in a statement last week that it is “deeply concerned for the safety of members of the Jewish community in northwestern Yemen following the killing of one member of the community and anonymous… More ▸

  • Peres Kindles Chanukah Lights in Sderot

    Israel’s president lit the fourth Chanukah candle in Sderot in a show of solidarity with the beleaguered southern community. Shimon Peres held a candlelighting ceremony with hundreds of children and other residents of Sderot. “In Gaza they light rockets, and in Sderot we light candles,” Peres said. “We are a persevering people; we are a… More ▸

  • St. Jude Pays $300 Million for Israeli Start-up

    A major American medical technology company purchased an Israeli start-up for $300 million. St. Jude Medical, which serves doctors and patients in more than 100 countries, purchased MediGuide, which has developed technology and products for procedures that are minimally invasive. MediGuide was founded in 2000 after spinning off from Elbit Systems, an Israel-based global defense… More ▸

  • Israeli Voters to Query Candidates Via Youtube

    Israeli voters will be able to ask candidates for national elections questions via YouTube. The initiative, spearheaded by Israel’s Channel 2, is similar to interactive initiatives from the U.S. presidential campaign. Internet users can upload a 25-second video with a question for a candidate, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The most popular entries will… More ▸

  • Israeli Lawmakers Waive Pay Raise

    Due to the difficult economic times, Israel’s Knesset members will waive a 2009 pay raise. The Knesset House committee decided Tuesday that lawmakers would give up an automatic 3 percent pay raise in January, according to reports. Knesset members earn about $8,300 a month and receive raises tied to the retail price index four times… More ▸

  • Madoff Scheme Deals New Hit to FSU Jews

    The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia. The Chais Family Foundation, a $178 million philanthropy forced to close after investing all… More ▸