Year In Review:
By JTA Staff
Islamists throw a homemade grenade into
a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring
one. The incident is part of a major increase
in attacks on Jews in France in 2012.
William Herskowitz, a member of an
internship program in Israel for American
Jews, shoots dead a hotel employee in the
Israeli resort city of Eilat and then kills
himself following a standoff with police.
Arlen Specter, the longtime moder-
ate Jewish Republican senator from
Pennsylvania whose surprise late-life party
switch back to the Democrats helped pass
President Obama's health care reforms,
dies at 82 following a long struggle with
cancer. During his time in the Senate,
Specter offered himself as a broker for
Police investigate the bombing of the Naouri kosher market in Sarcelles, France.
(Credit: Menahem Ladaev/Anachinfos)
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Syria-Israel peace talks and led efforts to
condition aid to the Palestinian Authority
on its peace process performance.
Jewish groups pull out of a national
interfaith meeting meant to bolster rela-
tions between Jews and Christians fol-
lowing a letter by Protestant leaders to
Congress calling for an investigation into
U.S. aid to Israel.
Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, American
economists with ties to Israeli universities,
win the Nobel Prize for economics.
The Israeli Knesset votes to dissolve,
sending Israel to new elections for the first
time since 2009.
Women of the Wall leader Anat
Hoffman is arrested at the Western Wall
and ordered to stay away from the site for
30 days after attempting to lead a women's
prayer group at the holy site in violation