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Francois Hollande's victory is sending many Jews packing.
 

Thousands of French Jews Consider Aliyah

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris. The fair, organized and run by the Jewish Agency, took place on the Sunday of Francois Hollande's election as their new president, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy—the Jewish community's favorite. A recent poll found that 26 percent of those surveyed said they have considered emigrating due to French anti-Semitism.

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Far-Right Victories in Greece Frighten Jewish Community

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time. Speaking to a news conference on Sunday, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos warned Greece’s enemies – inside and outside the country – that they should be “very afraid.” “We are […]

 

Tomato Shortage Leads to Price Surge in Israel

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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A tomato shortage has led to a surge in prices for the juicy Israeli staples, with prices estimated to reach NIS 16 per kilo on Monday ($1.90/lb).  Tomatoes are usually an inexpensive commodity, available at 45 – 75 cents a pound. The shortage is a result of the conclusion of a growing season.  In a […]

 

American Hostage Pleads with Obama To Free Al-Qaeda, Taliban Prisoners

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Warren Weinstein, an American humanitarian aid worker kidnapped by al-Qaeda  begged US President Barack Obama to free all al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners in US detention camps, and end airstrikes against forces in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia in exchange for his freedom. Weinstein, 71 of Rockville, Maryland, was kidnapped August 13, 2011, while in Lahore, […]

 

Tunisian Boy “Brave” for Refusing to Compete With Israeli in Chess

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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A ten year-old Tunisian boy is gaining fame across the Aram world for having refused to compete against an Israeli opponent in the World School Chess Championship. The eighth annual competition took place in Romania, with 640 participants competing.  Rather than compete against an Israeli, Tunisian Muhammad Hamida withdrew from the competition. Director of the […]

 

Israel is Theme of Gay Conference

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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A major annual US gay conference will feature Israel and its gay community this year. The Equality Forum’s four-day event in Philadelphia, ending Sunday, featured Israeli gay performers, activists, and Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.  Each year, the conference chooses another country as its theme. Gaycities.com rated Israel the top Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual travel […]

 

Historic Jaffa Cemetery Comes to Life

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Chevra Kadisha burial society will invest NIS 10 million in preserving and refurbishing a historic Jaffa cemetery established in 1840. The cemetery, at the corners of Yehuda Hayamit and Yehuda Meragusa streets, will revamp the site into a tourist location highlighting the settlement of Jews in the area prior to the establishment […]

 

Israel’s Ambassador Urging Jewish Unity in Detroit

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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The Detroit Free Press reports that Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, speaking Sunday at a Jewish-American conference in Detroit, said that his country has to hold on to its Jewish identity, and he urged American Jews to remain united with other Jews around the world in their support for Israel. “Together, we must […]

Netanyahu addressing the Likud Party convention Sunday.
 

Netanyahu Calls for New Election, Lieberman Wants Delay

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Likud Party convention called for a four-month election campaign. Meanwhile, coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu called for a delay of the Knesset dissolution to allow the government to pass its bill ordering mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces for all Israeli citizens.

François Hollande thanking tens of thousands who came to the Place de la Bastille in Paris Sunday.
 

French Jewry Leader: Hollande Victory a Boost to Anti-Israel Front

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Following his victory Sunday, the 57-year-old François Hollande shouted himself hoarse, as he had done so often during the campaign, thanking his supporters for electing him president and promising to unite the whole country. But Richard Prasquier, President of the Jewish-French organizations, says one of the changes the Hollande presidency brings is a boost to the anti-Israel left.

 

Connecticut Jewish Woman Suing over Burial of Gentile in her Congregation’s Cemetery

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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The AP reports that a trial is set to begin in the case of a Connecticut Jewish woman who sued her congregation because a black woman had been buried in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban’s lawsuit will go to trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court. She is demanding that the remains […]

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Israeli Army Balloon Crashes Near Gaza Strip

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that an Israeli military surveillance zeppelin crashed near the Gaza Strip after a civilian crop duster struck its cable. The balloon, used for observing Gaza from above, crashed Friday on Israel’s side of the border. There were no reports of injury after the incident. In January, an unmanned aerial […]

 

Eliyahu Werdesheim Convicted, Brother Avi Cleared, in Baltimore Shomrim Case

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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Eliyahu Werdesheim, one of two Baltimore brothers charged with beating an African-American teenager, was found guilty by a circuit court. Werdesheim, a former member of Israeli special forces, was found guilty on charges of false imprisonment and second-degree assault, while his brother Avi was cleared of all charges in the beating of Corey Ausby in […]

 

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dies of Cancer at 47

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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Adam Yauch of the seminal hip-hop group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47 after battling cancer. Yauch, one of three members of the seminal hip-hop group, had been diagnosed in 2009 with cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node. The news of Yauch’s death was first reported Friday by […]

 

Jewish-Egyptian Businessman Suing Coca-Cola for Using his Family’s Confiscated Property

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

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Jewish Canadian-Egyptian businessman Raphael Bigio is seeking a full U.S. appeals court to rehear his lawsuit against Coca-Cola for using his family’s property in Egypt. Bigio and his family filed the brief Wednesday in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He is suing the Coca-Cola Company headquartered in the United States for […]

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Exit Poll: ‘Red’ Ken Livingstone Trailing in London Mayoral Election

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who stirred controversy with remarks called anti-Semitic by the city’s Jewish leaders, was trailing in a bid to reclaim his post, an exit poll showed. Incumbent Boris Johnson, Livingstone’s successor, had 53 percent of Thursday’s vote to 47 percent for Livingstone in the hotly contested race, according to the YouGov […]

 

Olympic Committee Rejects Munich Victims’ Moment of Silence Petition

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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The International Olympic Committee apparently has rejected an online petition seeking a moment of silence for the Munich 11 at the 2012 London Olympics. Emmanuelle Moreau, the IOC’s head of media relations, told The Jerusalem Post that the Games this summer would not have a moment of silence honoring the 11 Israeli athletes who were […]

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Activist Nadia Matar (center, with megaphone) with American guests at the Jewish settlement of Bnei Adam.
 

Jerusalem Police to Permit ‘SlutWalk’ Marchers While Blocking Religious ‘Women in Green’

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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Nadia Matar and her associates at the 'Women in Green' have been conducting their 9th of Av mournful walk around the Old City's walls for 18 years. This year the Jerusalem police has banned the walk for fear of provoking the Arabs. Meanwhile, Jerusalem Police has permitted the Slutwalk Friday, with provocatively dressed women marching to protest sexual harassment.

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IDF Dolphin Submarine
 

Germany Transfers Fourth Dolphin Class Submarine to Israel

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The INS Tanin cost approximately $500 million, one-third of which was funded by the German Government, and is slated to arrive in Israel next year.

 

Canadian Protestants Call for Settlement Boycott

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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Soon after the Methodist Church had decided not to support divestments from Israel,  Canada’s largest Protestant denomination is calling for a boycott of goods produced in “illegal” Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem. In a 26-page report released May 1, the United Church of Canada calls for an economic boycott of Israel focused exclusively on settlement […]

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