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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Mitt Romney speaking in Jerusalem, with the Tower of David in the Old City in the background, July 29, 2012.

Romney’s comments aside, the Palestinian economy is tottering

By Ben Sales, JTA August 2, 2012

JERUSALEM – Mitt Romney may have caused a storm of criticism by asserting that “culture makes all the difference” between the success of the Israeli economy and the Palestinians’ economic struggles. But the near future of the Palestinian economy...

Editorial: The Last Slice

June 27, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both claim to be working toward peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian problem. Let’s take them at face value for a moment, that they both care about...

Obama presses Abbas on direct talks

JTA March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that direct discussions with Israel were an "important contribution to the cause of peace." "The two leaders agreed on the necessity of the two-state solution, and President...

PA letter to ask Israel’s position on peace talks

JTA March 4, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will send a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking Israel to state its position regarding restarting peace talks. The letter, which reportedly will be delivered to Netanyahu...

Palestinian TV station raided by Israel

JTA February 29, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian television station in the West Bank went off the air following a raid by Israeli soldiers. Israel's Communication Ministry ordered Wednesday's raid of the al-Watan TV station, located near Ramallah, for using unauthorized frequencies...

Zidan Badran, mayor of the Israeli portion of the Arab town of
Bartaa, stands on the seam that separates the Israeli part of town
from its West Bank portion.

A divided town, where the pursuit of bargains brings together Israelis and Palestinians

By Linda Gradstein, JTA February 16, 2012

BARTA'A, West Bank -- In these days of frozen peace negotiations, most Israelis and Palestinians have little contact. Palestinians need a special permit to enter Israel, and Israelis need army permission to enter the parts of the West Bank controlled...

Netanyahu chats on Facebook in Arabic

JTA January 31, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a live Facebook chat with web surfers from the Arab world. Netanyahu responded in Arabic to questions from people from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf States, northern Africa and the Palestinian...

Canada’s foreign minister stresses strong support for Israel

JTA January 31, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The foreign minister of Canada emphasized his country's staunch support of Israel. "Israel has no greater friend in the world than Canada," John Baird said Monday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum. Baird, on his third visit to Israel,...

Israel to open criminal probe of Jerusalem mufti

JTA January 24, 2012

JERUSALEM—Israel's attorney general has ordered police to launch an investigation of Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric after the mufti quoted a traditional text that called for killing Jews. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday asked the Israel...

Facebook hosts virtual peace conference

JTA January 23, 2012

JERUSALEM—A virtual peace conference for Jewish and Arab young leaders was held on Facebook. Monday's conference was sponsored by the Yala Young Leaders' group, which seeks to promote dialogue among Israelis, Palestinians and Americans, and the Peres...

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu orders probe of mufti’s speech

JTA January 22, 2012

JERUSALEM—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's attorney general to open an investigation into Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric, who called for killing Jews. Mufti Mohammed Hussein, speaking last week at an event celebrating the 47th anniversary...

Diaspora communities can help with peacemaking, Jewish leaders tell Abbas

JTA January 17, 2012

BUENOS AIRES -- The presidents of the World Jewish Congress and Latin American Jewish Congress expressed hope for progress in Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack...

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