The Jewish Nation

70 years on, a missing private comes home

70 years on, a missing private comes home

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (JTA) — The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies”(…)

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Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing possible threats to the homeland among other considerations, President Obama pledged to “destroy”  ISIS using airstrikes and training the Iraqi army to combat the terror organization.“Our objective is clear,” Obama said, speaking Wednesday evening from the White House on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist(…)

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Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org   When Harvard Hillel refused to host a planned 2012 event titled “Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation,” organized by the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, frustrated students wrote an open letter to the Hillel community criticizing the decision.   That letter has since(…)

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Jewish groups launch fair trade network

Jewish groups launch fair trade network

  NEW YORK (JTA) — A  new partnership has launched to enable the purchase of kosher “fair trade” coffee, tea and chocolate while supporting Jewish communal efforts on human trafficking and worker justice.The Jewish Fair Trade Partnership allows individuals and Jewish institutions like synagogues to purchase fair trade products at wholesale prices while supporting Equal(…)

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Temple U. Jewish student punched and called ‘kike’ by SJP members

Temple U. Jewish student punched and called ‘kike’ by SJP members

(JNS.org) A Temple University student was punched in the face and called anti-Semitic slurs by members of  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on the Philadelphia campus Wednesday. Daniel Vessal, a campus fellow of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was assaulted during “Templefest,” an(…)

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Ohio Jews mourn death of IDF lone soldier

Ohio Jews mourn death of IDF lone soldier

(Cleveland Jewish News/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Columbus, Ohio, Jewish community is mourning the loss of one of its lone soldiers as the Israel Defense Forces continues to investigate the death of Cpl. David Menachem Gordon, whose body was found Aug. 19 in central Israel with gunshot wounds. Gordon, 21, had been missing since about noon Aug.(…)

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U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

(JTA) — The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White House, according to The Wall Street(…)

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Ebbing support for Israel among key groups stirring alarm

Ebbing support for Israel among key groups stirring alarm

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – If the results of a recent focus group and polls are any indication, the gap is growing between Congress and young Americans when it comes to support for Israel. Polls conducted in late July by Gallup and the Pew Research Center found that support for Israel is weaker(…)

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Dems and GOP unite in Senate to approve extra Iron Dome funding

Dems and GOP unite in Senate to approve extra Iron Dome funding

JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate unanimously approved new funds to Israel for its Iron Dome anti-missile system after Republicans and Democrats settled differences over how to pass the bill. The emergency supplemental bill passed Friday adds $225 million to $350 million for the system, which Israel has credited with hitting over(…)

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Several GOP senators block infusion of cash for Iron Dome

Several GOP senators block infusion of cash for Iron Dome

JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Senate Republicans blocked Israel’s request of an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system during the current Gaza Strip conflict. Republicans had initially objected to the inclusion of the request by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, in a $2.7 billion funding(…)

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For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service BALTIMORE (JTA) — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get(…)

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