The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, October 30

From NGOs urging European states to cut trade with Israeli settlements to U.S. Jewish institutions closing in Superstorm Sandy's wake, brings you the top 8 headlines that you might have missed.

Nearly two dozen European nongovernmental organizations have signed a new report recommending that European governments discourage businesses from purchasing goods manufactured in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and ban the import of such products. The introduction to the report, which was released on Monday and was signed by 22 European NGOs, was written by Hans van der Broek, a former Dutch Foreign Minister and former European Union foreign policy chief.

A senior official at the Suez Canal Authority in Egypt confirmed Tuesday that two Israel Navy warships had sailed in the canal on Monday on their way to the Red Sea. The official told an Egyptian website that the two ships were permitted to travel through the canal due to the Convention of Constantinople treaty, which indicates that all ships are allowed to travel through the Suez Canal except ships carrying flags of countries that are in a state of war with Egypt.

"Those who say that the two-state solution is dead are not serving the interests of peace and certainly not serving the interests of Israel and the Palestinians," says former top White House adviser and peace negotiator Dennis Ross. Ross spoke to Haaretz on the eve of the Jerusalem conference of the Jewish People Policy Institute, of which he is co-chairman.

Syrian troops and rebels clashed in a Palestinian refugee camp in the capital Damascus, activists said Tuesday. They also said that fighter jets have resumed attacks on the northern province of Idlib and suburbs of the capital.

Criminal investigators from France will exhume the remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in November to try to find out how the Palestinian leader died, French officials said Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry has sent a senior delegation to Argentina to clarify that Israel will respond harshly to any attempt to reach a deal with Iran over the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, which will not include the extradition of Iranian suspects and the compensation of the victims' families.

Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy. The UJA-Federation of New York posted a notice on its website that the building would be closed and all meetings and events canceled on Tuesday, and that information on Wednesday's events would be posted Tuesday night. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan also announced that it would be closed until it is safe to return.

More than a week after the school year was supposed to start at colleges and universities across the country, most of Israel's 60 technological colleges still haven't opened. The colleges - where more than 20,000 students are seeking certification as practical engineers, a job that falls somewhere between engineer and technician - went on strike to protest their difficult financial situation.