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  • Hagel: U.S. strategy is to reinforce Israel, Arab allies

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Reinforcing Israel’s military edge and bolstering security relationships with neighbors like Egypt are both U.S. priorities, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said. Speaking Thursday to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s annual Soref Symposium, Hagel described his recent visit to Israel and the region, his first since assuming the defense… More ▸

  • U.S. names 4 Iranian companies to sanctions list

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration added the names of four Iranian companies and an individual to a list of those sanctioned for assisting Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. “Iranian private sector firms should heed the risks incurred by conducting business with those who support Iran’s proscribed nuclear activities and should choose to focus their… More ▸

  • Hoover hears a Jew

    Herbert Hoover, president from 1929-1933 (and whose birthday is today), has a few less-than-cheery associations: Hoovertowns, the Great Depression, and his pre-presidency role as head of Food Administration during World War I, which involved food-rationing slogans like “when in doubt, eat potatoes.”. What he probably isn’t known for is involvement with the Jewish community. But… More ▸

  • [TIMELINE] Nelson Mandela’s complex and storied Jewish relationships

    Today marks Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday. Mandela, former president of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and famed anti-apartheid activist, spent 27 years in prison until his release in 1990. As seen in this JTA Archive Timeline, Mandela’s relationship with the Jewish community–whether in South Africa, the U.S. or Israel–has experienced frenzied peaks and troughs… More ▸

  • 50 years of Bagels and Jews

    After 39 years of business, New York bagel shop H & H Bagels of the Upper West Side served its last bagel yesterday to great fanfare, despite the fact that they still operate a midtown bakery and store. JTA Editor in Chief Ami Eden offered on-site video commentary (above, filmed by Uri Fintzy), while JTA… More ▸

  • Pollard, Jabotinsky and funeral arrangements for Jewish prisoners

    Despite shutting down the White House switchboard, supporters of Jonathan Pollard were unsuccessful in helping the convicted spy attain temporary release to attend his father’s funeral in South Bend, Ind. earlier this week.  JTA online archivist Anne Mintz noticed an interesting precedent for this appeal in our archive: On August 3, 1940 Vladimir "Zev" Jabotinsky passed… More ▸