Jewish Organizations Plan a Big Push Against Genocide in Darfur

January 30, 2006 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Civil Rights, Events | Leave a comment

(Forward) Jolted by the tepid response to the genocide in Darfur, Jewish communal organizations are mobilizing at an unprecedented level for an issue that might appear tangential to Jewish concerns.

National and local Jewish organizations are gearing up for a rally to be held April 30 in Washington under the aegis of the Save Darfur Coalition, which brings together more than 150 faith-based and human rights groups and in which Jewish organizations figure prominently.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7262

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Guide for the dumbstruck dove

January 30, 2006 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(Haaretz Magazine) Five years ago, Yossi Beilin published “Madrich Leyona Patzua” (“Manual for a Wounded Dove”) in order to defend the Oslo Accords and to explain why, in his opinion, they failed.

Beilin attributed the collapse of the talks at Camp David between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat; the start of the intifada that followed; and the resultant election of the Likud and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to mistakes made by both sides. He lays much of the responsibility at the feet of Benjamin Netanyahu, who was prime minister from 1996-99.

Read more at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/675857.html

Jewish networking site offers youths a chance to b-linked

January 30, 2006 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Fun | Leave a comment

(Boston Herald) There’s nothing like the Internet for quick connections. With a click of the mouse, it will bring you to thousands of other spiritually stressed-out teens faster than you can say “Shalom.”

BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) has been touting survey results that show 68 percent of teens say religion is important to them, but 92 percent want a better connection with their faith. In response, BBYO has created b-linked.org, a Jewish MySpace for high-schoolers. Features include a personal profile, “shout outs” to friends, message boards and even help with the ruthless college search.

Read more at http://theedge.bostonherald.com/teenNews/view.bg?articleid=123509

Preliminary Results Show 76 Seats for Hamas and 43 for Fatah

January 26, 2006 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(New York Times) The radical Islamic faction Hamas won a majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections, according to preliminary official results released today. The Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, and his government submitted their resignations earlier in the day when it was becoming apparent that Hamas had scored a major upset and defeated the ruling Fatah party.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/international/

Thousands of Palestinians Turn Out to Vote for Parliament

January 25, 2006 at 9:49 am | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(New York Times) Palestinians today held their first parliamentary election in a decade, with the long-dominant Fatah movement facing a stiff challenge from the radical Islamic faction Hamas.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/25/international/

Andrea Bronfman killed in accident

January 23, 2006 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment

Andrea Bronfman, the wife of well-known philanthropist Charles Bronfman and a committed philanthropist in her own right, died in New York on Monday. Bronfman reportedly succumbed to injuries she sustained when a car skidded off the road and struck her while she was enjoying a morning walk. She was 60.

Read more at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Comes at Critical Time for Future of Women’s Health

January 22, 2006 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Civil Rights | Leave a comment

(NOW) Today as feminists gather to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision 33 years ago that recognized and guaranteed women’s constitutional right to control their own bodies, we all wonder: What will this 34th year bring?

Read more at http://www.now.org/press/01-06/01-22.html

Israel weighs response to possible Hamas poll win

January 22, 2006 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(Reuters) Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered aides on Sunday to draw up contingency plans in the event Hamas makes a strong enough showing in this week’s Palestinian parliamentary election to join the government.

Read more at http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?

Agencies Weighing New Court Strategy

January 20, 2006 at 10:05 am | Posted in Church and State | Leave a comment

(Forward) The expected confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito is prompting Jewish organizations to re-examine their strategy of bringing cases involving church-state separation and other civil rights matters to the Supreme Court.

Officials at several Jewish agencies, including the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said they might try to keep cases out of the high court in hopes of getting results more to their liking in lower courts, Congress and state legislatures.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7225

Bomber kills self, hurts 20 in Tel Aviv

January 20, 2006 at 9:20 am | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

(Boston Globe) A Palestinian suicide bomber posing as a peddler blew himself up in a Tel Aviv fast-food restaurant yesterday, and wounded 20 people. Officials said it appeared to have been an attempt to destabilize the region a week before Palestinian elections.

Read more at http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/

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