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Egyptian women to March Thursday Demanding Political Representation

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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Al Ahram reports that a women’s demonstration has been planned for Thursday to coincide with International Women’s Day, in downtown Cairo. Organizers are expected to provide parliamentary leaders with 100 suggested names of prominent female Egyptian figures for inclusion in a constituent assembly that will be mandated with drawing up a new constitution. Despite the […]

 

France: Iran “Two-Faced,” Doubts Talks’ Success

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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Reuters reports that French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe voiced skepticism on Wednesday that resumed talks between the six world powers and Iran would succeed. He said Tehran was not sincerely willing to negotiate about the future of its nuclear program. “I am a little skeptical … I think Iran continues to be two-faced,” Juppe said […]

 

Syrian Deputy Oil Minister Defects to Rebel Forces

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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CNN reports that a man identifying himself as Abdo Hussam el Din, the country’s Deputy Oil Minister, announced in a video posted on YouTube that he was defecting from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “I am joining the revolution of this noble people who will not accept injustice,” the man says in Arabic. “I’ve […]

The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) held an open session on Monday morning.
 

Iranian Parliament Acting to Curb Ahmadinejad’s Power

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may no longer be as popular with Iran's powers that be as he used to be. The Majlis, Iran's parliament, has approved a proposal calling for the removal of the President from the general assembly of representatives of shareholders of major companies affiliated with the Oil Ministry, including the National Iranian Oil Company. Meanwhile, the President will appear before the parliament to answer questions on March 14 about irregularities in his administration.

Dennis Kucinich (with wife Elizabeth) lost bid for Democratic Congressional seat.
 

Romney Leads, Republicans Pick Jewish Senate Candidate, and Kucinich Loses

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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Super Tuesday Republican primaries were a race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Republicans selected a Jewish veteran for Ohio's Senate run, and Dennis Kucinich lost his bid for reelection. Ten states went to the polls Tuesday in what is the biggest election day of primary season.

 

Jewish Graves Desecrated at Bushnell, Fl. National Cemetery

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The Orlando Sentinel reported that thirteen Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Only Jewish tombstones knocked over or uprooted, while other graves were left untouched. Sumter County Sheriff”s Office is investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. “Every headstone that was targeted had a Star of David […]

 

Brooklyn DA Investigating Baby’s Death from Herpes after Circumcision Ritual

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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A baby died at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn last September after contracting herpes from a circumcision ritual. The cause of death was listed as “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction,” according to the New York Daily News. The Jewish Week reports that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is looking […]

Jews walking on the outskirts of Temple Mount, March 4, 2012.
 

Rage over Chief Rabbis’ Prohibition of Entrance to Temple Mount

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The Arab side in the dispute over Jewish right of access to the holiest Jewish site, has now been taken up by Israel's Chief Rabbis, who emphatically prohibit emphatically any entrance by a Jewish person onto the Temple Mount. The unexpected ruling, on the eve of Purim, is being met with strong objections from senior Rabbis who have been visiting the holy mountain since 1967.

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Jewish Composer of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Dies at 86

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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Robert Bernard Sherman, who died in London this week at age 86, composed, with his brother Richard, the scores for films including “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocats,” “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” They also wrote Disneyland’s anthem, “It’s a Small World After All.” Robert Sherman was born on December 19, 1925 in New […]

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Romney Appears to Win Ohio: NYT

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The NY Times reported early Wednesday morning Mitt Romney appeared to win narrowly in the Ohio Super Tuesday  primary, but lost at least three other states to Rick Santorum, which challenges Romney’s claim to the Republican presidential nomination. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each won three states in Super Tuesday primaries, and Newt Gingrich took […]

 

Director Won’t Release ‘Love Song of Saul Alinsky’ Tape with Obama’s ‘Share’

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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According to breitbart.com, Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of “The Love Song of Saul Alinsky” in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play, and she won’t release it. “There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it,” Dickler […]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
 

In Response to AP Story, Chicago Police, Mayor Emanuel, Promise: We Won’t Spy on Muslims

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced in response to an AP Exposé that his department will never conduct blanket surveillance of Muslims the way the New York Police Department had done in Newark, N.J., when he was the chief of police there. Mayor Bloomberg's response to the same AP story was: "We cannot slack in our vigilance. The threat was real. The threat is real. The threat is not going away."

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaking before AIPAC Tiesday.
 

Santorum to AIPAC on Super Tuesday: US Must Give Iran an Ultimatum

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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At a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, coinciding with the Super Tuesday primaries, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of appeasement of Iran and urged an ultimatum demanding that it put a stop to its nuclear production immediately, or the US will "tear down" its plants. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich took a break from their race for votes in the high-stakes primaries to speak to the pro-Israel lobby.

 

Florida House Passes Religious Law Bill

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation opposed by Jewish and Muslim groups that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases. The bill is one of a number around the country that has sought to limit the influence of Sharia, or Islamic law. The bill, […]

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC Policy Conference Monday.
 

Bibi: Israel Will Not Allow Those who Seek her Destruction to Possess the Means to Achieve that Goal

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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A transcript of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the AIPAC Policy Conference Monday.

 

Jewish Man Harassed Out of Maine Home

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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The Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday that a Lewiston, Maine, man was harassed out of his home by another tenant last spring because he is Jewish. Bruce Brown of Lewiston said a tenant in the apartment building he lived in drove him out of his home by painting […]

Writer Ákos Kertész is fleeing his fellow Hungarians
 

Hungarian Jewish Writer Seeking Canadian Asylum May Not Be Jewish

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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Ákos Kertész, winner of the Hungary's prestigious literary award, arrived in Montreal Sunday seeking asylum, saying elements in his home country are threatening his life. But a fellow Hungarian immigrant says that Kertész may not be Jewish, and Hungarians are angry at him because he called them "genetically servile," comparing them to pigs.

 

Peres, Bibi, Ask Obama for Pollard’s Release

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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JTA reports that both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week asked President Obama to release convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard. Peres told Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Monday that he discussed the possibility of releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been jailed for 27 years since being convicted of espionage in 1987 and […]

 

Egyptian Oil Pipeline in Sinai Blown Up… Again

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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Once again, the Egyptian oil pipeline to Israel in the Sinai was blown up.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with US president Barack Obama in the White House, Washington DC, during PM Netanyahu's official visit in the USA. March 05, 2012.
 

Obama and Netanyahu Meet: Relationship and Differences Unchanged

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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Obama sought to assure Netanyahu that the United States was keeping the military option against Iran open, and "has Israel's back," and at the same time urged Israel to wait patiently for the sanctions and, possibly, diplomacy, to do their job. Netanyahu, for his part, concentrated on Israel's undeniable right to defend itself against Iran, and reiterated that Israel sees Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to its existence. The problem is, both leaders had held precisely the same positions before and after their meeting. So why meet?

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