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  • News Brief

    Some 35,000 Jews immigrated to Israel since the outbreak of Israeli- Palestinian violence last September, 5,000 have visited the country in solidarity and 20,000 Jewish youths have come to Israel for short- and long-term studies. The figures were presented last week at the annual meeting of the Zionist General Council, which is the highest institution… More ▸

  • Power Struggle in Jewish Agency As Chairman Proposes Reshuffling

    There’s a political storm raging at the corner of Keren Hayesod and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael streets in Jerusalem, headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the hub of Israel-Diaspora relations. But it’s anyone’s guess whether this power struggle will actually change the nature of that sometimes tumultuous relationship. This “tempest in a teapot,” as… More ▸

  • Zionist Elections in U.S. May Now Take Place Online

    Embracing the technology of the 21st century, American Zionists may be able to register and vote via the Internet to elect their next delegation to “the parliament of the Jewish people,” the World Zionist Congress. But not everyone is rooting for this technological advance. While most agree it would boost voter turnout in the 2002… More ▸

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    The Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization are calling on Jews around the world to set aside a seat at the seder table and say a prayer for Israelis missing since the 1982 War in Lebanon and for four Israelis kidnapped by Hezbollah forces last October. A suggested prayer is available at… More ▸

  • British Jews Charge That Coverage of Mideast Violence is Unfair to Israel

    As clashes between Israel and the Palestinians continue for a sixth month, many Jews in the United Kingdom are concerned that Israel is not getting a fair hearing in the British press. The Guardian newspaper has been the subject of the harshest criticism, but another daily newspaper, The Independent, and the BBC have also raised… More ▸

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    A coalition of American Zionist organizations has lost one of its largest members. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which has 300,000 members and is best known for its hospitals in Israel, is pulling out of the American Zionist Movement. Hadassah leaders declined to elaborate on the reasons, saying only that the AZM “no… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The World Zionist Organization launched a campaign against Austria, calling on Jewish groups not to negotiate Holocaust-era restitution with the new government in Vienna. “After years of stonewalling on the issue,” the Austrian government, which includes the far-right Freedom Party, “has suddenly agreed to sit down with representatives of the Jewish world,” the WZO said… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Austria Set to Talk Restitution, but Some Jews Balk at the Idea

    After years of failing to address the issue of Holocaust restitution, Austria’s new government says it wants to quickly enter negotiations with survivors and Jewish groups to settle outstanding claims. However, some in the Jewish world see this sudden change of heart as an attempt to dampen the criticism of the governing coalition. The government… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Zionists Who Stay in Russia Seek Acceptance from WZO

    The Russian Zionist movement has taken a step toward becoming a permanent force in Russian Jewish life — and not one solely dedicated to encouraging Jews to make aliyah. At a recent meeting here, several dozen delegates from throughout Russia gathered at a hotel to form an umbrella group called the Zionist Federation of Russia…. More ▸