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  • Rabbi: What I Saw at Saudi-led Interfaith Conference in Spain

    When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced his intention some three months ago to reach out to the leaders of the main religions of the world to convene an interfaith dialogue and to work together to address major global challenges, understandably there was no shortage of skepticism. Saudi Arabia is the heartland of Islam and… More ▸

  • Efforts to Block Saudi Arms Deal Likely to Be Unsuccessful

    An effort led by Jewish Democrats in Congress to block the Bush administration’s planned sale of arms to Saudi Arabia is bound to fail because it is opposed by one of the top-ranked Jews in Congress. Reps. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) asked colleagues to sign on to a letter to Rep. Tom… More ▸

  • Will Annapolis Spur Progress on Syrian, Saudi Peace Tracks?

    While the Annapolis conference was meant to focus on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, the attendance of Syria and Saudi Arabia has raised questions about the prospects for peace between Israel and the wider Arab world. Syria came up because, contrary to expectations, Damascus sent a delegate to Annapolis to talk about trading peace for the Golan Heights…. More ▸

  • Jta’s Series on Saudi Arabia Wins Top Jewish Media Award

    JTA won the American Jewish Press Association’s top award for an investigative series for the third straight year. “Tainted Teachings: Islam and Education,” by Lisa Hostein, Sue Fishkoff and JTA staff, won first prize for comprehensive coverage or investigative reporting. The award was one of five Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism that… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Keep Watchful Eye As Schools Receive Saudi Donations

    Harvard and Georgetown universities both say a Saudi prince attached no strings when he gave them $20 million gifts — but at a time that Arab influence in American classrooms is coming under scrutiny, some observers are taking a wait-and-see approach. “We realize that this is a sensitive topic, but the purpose of this gift… More ▸

  • Will Saudi Arabian Crackdown on Terrorism Funding Affect Hamas?

    Jewish groups and terrorism analysts want to know if a pledge by Saudi Arabia to cut funding for terrorist groups includes those that target Israel. Adel Al-Jubeir, a foreign affairs adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, announced Wednesday that the country would dissolve some of its largest charities and create a new organization with financial… More ▸

  • Survey: Saudi Arabian Textbooks Filled with Hatred of West, Jews

    A new survey speaks volumes about Saudi Arabian attitudes toward Jews, Christians and the West. An analysis of 93 state-sponsored textbooks in Saudi Arabia, conducted by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace in partnership with the American Jewish Committee, finds that Saudi students are being taught that "Jews are wickedness in its very… More ▸

  • Yoffie Reaches out to Saudi Prince, but Other Jewish Leaders Not Happy

    In a move criticized by many Jewish leaders, the head of the Reform movement in North America has reached out to Saudi Arabia’s leader, inviting him to a sit-down in Texas. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, says he hopes to promote understanding of the American Jewish community by asking… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Want More Details Before Deciding on Saudi Proposal

    With attention focused on the Saudi Arabian peace initiative, American Jewish groups are trying to determine if it’s in Israel’s best interest — and are trying to keep international expectations in check. Most Jewish groups are saying they need more details before determining whether Crown Prince Abdullah’s outline is a window of opportunity for the… More ▸