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Bearian Mandy Patinkin Palestinian leaders reject Netanyahu letter to Abbas JERUSALEM (JTA)--Pales- tinian leaders reportedly have rejected the contents of a letter delivered by Benjamin Netan- yahu's personal envoy Isaac Molho to PalestinianAuthority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. "The content of [Netan- yahu's] letter did not represent grounds for returning to ne- gotiations," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Reuters. The letter delivered Saturday nightwas in response to aletter sent to Netanyahu last month from Abbas in which the P.A. chiefblamedNetanyahu for the stalled peace process. The Ab- bas letter said the Palestinians would return to the negotiat- ing table only if Israel accepts a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with "limited" land swaps, halts all settlement building and releases Palestin- ian prisoners. Molho and Abbas issued a joint statement following the meeting saying that "Israel and the Palestinian Authority are committed to achieving peace, and the sides hope that the exchange of letters between President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahuwill further this goal." A statement issued Saturday night from the Prime Min- ister's Office did not divulge the contents of the letter. But Palestinian leaders said Sunday afternoon that Netanyahu's letter rejected the Palestin- ian's requirement for a halt to building in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem and called for a return to stalled peace talks without preconditions. During the meeting with Molcho, Abbas reportedly brought up the plight of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and asked Israel to accede to their demands, including no solitary confinement and family visits for prisoners whose families live in Gaza. Knesset committee rejects law to annex settlements JERUSALEM (JTA)--A bill aimed at applying Israeli law on West Bank settlements was re- jected by a Knesset committee. The bill proposed to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation by Likud lawmaker Miri Regev would have re- moved Israeli settlements from military rule and effectively annexed them. In Sunday's vote, nine law- makers opposed the bill---in- cluding most of the commit- tee's Likud members--and five abstained in an unexpected turnaround of several mem- bers who had originally said they would support the bill. They reportedly changed their votes after Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman asked Regev to postpone the vote, and after learning that Prime Minister Wikimedia Commons Miri Regev Benjamin Netanyahu planned to vote against the bill. Netanyahu reportedly did notwant to go head to head with the Obama administration over the settlements at this time. The bill can be resubmitted in six months. Social protest rallies held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem JERUSALEM (JTA)--Social protest rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and three other Israeli cities. The Saturday night rallies, held also in Haifa, Kiryat Sh- emona and Pardes Hana, were called the beginning of nation- wide social justice protests such as those that took place across Israel last summer. Several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv, with demonstrators marching from poorer southern neighbor- hoods to Rabin Square. At least nine demonstrators were arrested. Hundreds marched in Je- rusalem toward the Prime Minister's Residence. The rallies were part of an international day of protest to mark the first anniversary of the first social justice protest that took place in Puerta del Sol, Madrid. Rallies in Israel are expected to pick up toward the end of June following the last univer- sity final exams. Katsav denied new hearing in rape conviction sentence JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Israeli Supreme Court justice denied a new hearing for for- mer President Moshe Katsav to request a reduction in his seven-year prison sentence for a rape conviction. Supreme Court Justice Es- ther Hayut on Sunday denied the motion for a new hearing, meaning that the only possibil- ity that Katsav has for a reduc- tion of his sentence is through presidential pardon. Katsav, who was elected president by the Knesset in 2000 in an upset over Shimon Peres, resigned in the wake of rape allegations shortly before the end of his term in 2007. Peres succeeded Katsav in the post and continues to serve. Israel's Supreme Court up- held Katsav's rape conviction and prison sentence last No- vember. Israeli Cabinet OKs plan to help 2nd second-generation Ethiopian immigrants JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel's Cabinet unanimously approved a plan to improve the absorp- tion of Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society. The plan, approved Sunday at the regular Cabinet meet- ing, is designed to accelerate the integration process for the second-generation members of the Ethiopian immigrant community into Israeli society and eradicate displays of racism against the community. Under the plan, young Ethio- pian couples can receive mort- gages starting from $68,000 in 2013 to $131,000 by 2016. Wikimedia Commons Moshe Katsav In addition, the plan calls for assisting young Ethiopians in integrating into the labor market, including the estab- lishment of special units for employment guidance. In order to promote fair representation in the country's civil service, 30 additional job slots will be allocated to members of the Ethiopian community. Two additional Ethiopian religious leaders also will be employed, and approxi- mately 15 new religious leaders will be added in service to the Ethiopian community. A public information plan also will be formulated to deal with displays of racism and prejudice against the Ethiopian community. Patinkin in Peace Now address backs boycotting actors JERUSALEM (JTA)-- "Homeland" star Mandy Pat- inkin expressed solidarity with Israeli actors who refuse to per- form inWest Banksettlements. Patinkin, who is in Israel to film the second season of the award-winning "Homeland," spent part of last week touring the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem with the left-wing Peace Now organization. He spoke at a Peace Now confer- ence last Friday attended by about 700 participants. "I call myself an Ameri- can Disneyland Jew," he told the conference. "We can do whatever we want. We can say whatever we want. We are safe. We are never attacked. We live in freedom." Patinkin has been a board member of Americans for Peace Now for more than a decade. Patinkin visited the Ariel Cultural Center in the West Bank, which was at the center of boycotts by Israeli actors when it opened last fall. He signed a petition in support of the boycotting actors and directors. He said he has been attacked by people in the United States for his pro-Palestinian views. Website of Greek neo-Nazi party is suspended ATHENS, Greece (JTA)-- The Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, which won nearly seven percent of the vote in last week's elections, has had its official website taken down by its host, WordPress. "This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service," said a message from WordPress that replaced the Dawn Party's homepage. Theweb page hosting service bars sites that include "hate content" or "contain threats or incite violence towards in- dividuals or entities." The extreme-right Golden Dawn Party, whose flag closely resembles the Nazi swastika, received21seats inparliament, the first time it passed the threshold to enter the legisla- tive body. It campaigned heavily on ananti-immigrant platform under the slogan"Sowe can rid this land of filth."