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Voters go to the polls in Israel. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Jewish Community Keeping Close Eye On Israeli Election

Voters in Israeli are going to the polls in what’s being called the most important Israeli election in years.

03/17/2015

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Chicago Activist Gets 18 Months For Hiding Israel Bombing Conviction

A Palestinian immigrant who hid an Israeli terrorism conviction from U.S. authorities when she moved to the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and will likely be deported to Jordan upon her release.

03/12/2015

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Stiff Sentence Sought For Activist In Immigration Fraud Case

Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn’t tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket.

02/26/2015

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Schakowsky, A Jew, Decides To Skip Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress

Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a strong supporter of Israel, will be skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s politically sensitive address to a joint session of Congress.

02/25/2015

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Professor Sues U Of I After Losing Job Offer Over Tweets

A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials on Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him.

01/29/2015

Arab Activist Freed Awaiting Immigration Sentence

An Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969. Rasmieh Odeh of Chicago paid a $50,000 bond and was released Thursday, about five weeks after her conviction.

12/11/2014

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Illinois Man Arrested In Israel Denies Bomb Plot

Illinois-native Adam Everett Livvix, 30, has been charged with possessing weapons that Israel says he planned to use to blow up unidentified Jerusalem holy sites. Israeli police said Livvix also turned down an offer from a Palestinian to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama during the leader’s visit to the Holy Land in 2013.

12/10/2014

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Chicago Activist Convicted In Immigration Case

A federal jury found a Palestinian immigrant charged with immigration fraud guilty on Monday for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people.

11/10/2014

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Chicago Activist’s Immigration Trial Nears End

Rasmieh Odeh is the final witness at her trial. Lawyers also are expected to give closing arguments Friday.

11/07/2014

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Chicago Activist Seeks Delay In Detroit Trial

Rasmieh Odeh faces trial in a week, but her lawyers want more time. She failed to disclose convictions for bombings in Israel when she applied for U.S. citizenship in 2004.

10/28/2014

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Travel To The Wonders Of The World

Here’s a quick guide for families to the New Seven Wonders of the World and the only surviving original Seven Wonders of the World.

10/17/2014

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U Of I Trustees Vote Not To Hire Professor After Controversial Tweets

University of Illinois trustees on Thursday voted not to hire a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages were deemed anti-Semitic by some, raising the likelihood of a lawsuit and further campus protests.

09/11/2014

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Reports: University Of Illinois Rescinds Job Offer To Professor Over Israel Comments

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has reportedly decided not to hire a controversial professor whose anti-Israel writing has lit up Twitter like gasoline on a fire.

08/07/2014

Supporters of both Israel and Palestine staged competing rallies on Monday, outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Israeli, Palestinian Supporters Face Off Outside Thompson Center

Demonstrators filled up the area around the Thompson Center and the Daley Center on Monday, for competing rallies – one in support of Israel, the other in support of Palestinians.

07/28/2014

Palestinian supporters at a rally downtown Saturday. (Credit: CBS)

More Than 1,000 Palestinian Supporters Rally Downtown

More than 1,000 people showed up to a rally downtown Saturday to show support for Palestine. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports it started at Michigan and Congress at round 3 p.m.

07/26/2014

A woman walks through an empty arrivals gate at terminal three of Ben Gurion Airport on July 24, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

FAA Lifts Ban On U.S. Flights To Israel

The next flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv originally was set to take off from O’Hare International Airport at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, but has since been delayed until 11 a.m.

07/24/2014

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Palestinian, Israeli Supporters Hold Opposing Rallies Downtown

More than a thousand demonstrators – both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian – filled Madison Street and street corners near the Israeli consulate Tuesday afternoon.

07/22/2014

An Israeli soldier inspects the damage at an house that was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, on July 22, 2014, in the Israeli city of Yahud, some 15 kms east of Tel-Aviv. The UN chief and Washington's top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo to push for an end to violence in Gaza that has killed more than 590 Palestinians. (Photo credit: GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

FAA Bans All Flights To Israel After Rocket Attack

Shortly after at least four major airlines cancelled flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for 24 hours, in the wake of a report of a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport.

07/22/2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows an Israeli army flare illuminating the sky over the Gaza strip, on July 21, 2014. Israeli forces killed more than 10 Gaza militants who had infiltrated southern Israel today, the army said, later announcing it had lost four soldiers in that battle. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Gaza Conflict Creates Tension, Fears For Relatives In Chicago

Here in Chicago, families with loved ones overseas are also calling for an end to the violence. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

07/21/2014

Palestinian supporters protesting Israel's attack on Gaza at a downtown rally. (Credit: CBS)

Palestinian Supporters Protest Israel’s Attack On Gaza

Palestinian supporters in Chicago gathered Sunday afternoon to demand an end to the Israeli air strikes and ground war in Gaza.

07/20/2014

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