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Posted on: April 16th, 2012

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Based on data released today by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the first quarter of 2012 registered an all-time record high for incoming tourism to Israel. During the months of January through March, 2012, there has been an increase of 2% compared with the same period last year, and an increase of 1% compared with […]

 

Posted on: April 16th, 2012

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A former school nurse at the Ramaz School in New York who says she was fired for reporting a possible case of child abuse can sue the school under the state’s whistleblower law. The New York State Court of Appeals (which is that state’s highest court) ruled on April 12 in a 3-2 vote that […]

 

Posted on: April 16th, 2012

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Jewish leaders in Hebron have called for international intervention to help the Palestinian man sentenced to death for selling a home near the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews. Shahala reportedly was sentenced to death for his part in selling what has become known as the Machpela House to a group of Jews. He reportedly […]

 

Posted on: April 16th, 2012

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Jonathan Pollard was transferred from a federal hospital to his prison cell. Pollard, who reportedly was rushed to a hospital outside of the prison on the eve of Passover suffering from an unspecified emergency condition, was returned to Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Sunday, according to the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization. […]

 

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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The Palestinian News agency Ma’an reported that the Ayman Judah Brigades, a division of Fatah’s military wing, said they fired a rocket into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday night. An Israeli army spokesperson said no rockets had landed in Israel overnight. Fatah is affiliated with the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

Sitting in front, left to right: Ketzele, Orlev, Orbach, Slomiansky. Back: Aaron Attias and Tzvi Seltzer, a Lod community activist.
 

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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Hundreds of activists who had arrived to celebrate the Mimouna applauded the MKs announcements that there was no other option for their two factions but to run a united list in the next Knesset elections. MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzele) repeated his earlier announcement that if the two factions do not run as one, he would remove himself from the campaign.

Israeli police wait inside the arrival terminal at Ben Gurion airport, April 15, 2012. Israeli authorities deployed hundreds of police at the airport, to stop foreign activists taking part in a 'Welcome to Palestine' fly-in.
 

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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The latest Israeli Police figures: 43 activists altogether have been detained at Ben Gurion airport. Out of this number, 31 were transported to the Givon detention facility for processing and 12 were put on returning flights. Nine Israeli activists waving pro-Palestinian banners were detained for questioning.

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Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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Al Ahram reports that the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) on Saturday disqualified 10 contenders from Egypt’s anticipated presidential elections, including Salafist Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, former Intelligence boss Omar Suleiman and Muslim Brotherhood financial genius Khairat El-Shater. The body of judges, appointed by the current Egyptian military junta, SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces), […]

Aron and Ruth Rottenberg. Aaron was burned in 50% of his body for refusing to pray in the Rebbe's synagogue.
 

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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Shaul Spitzer, 18, who used to be the Skverer Rebbe's Butler, is facing 5-10 years for first-degree assault in his attack on Aron Rottenberg in May, 2011, in New Square, NY. Rottenberg was attacked because he chose not to pray at New Square's main synagogue, under the leadership of the Skverer Rebbe.

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"fat on glatt" - really?
 

Posted on: April 15th, 2012

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An April 13 short item on the number of inmates in the NYC jail system who receive kosher meals was headlined: "20 inmates fat on glatt." Now, is this a suggestion that City jail kosher meals be made more healthful, perhaps with larger salad portions and less fatty, albeit kosher, meat – or was this a callused NY Post insult to Jewish criminals who are so insolent, they won't even eat pig like a decent Christian convict?

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Foreign Minister of the European Union Catherine Ashton represented the major powers in nuclear negotiations with Tehran.
 

Posted on: April 14th, 2012

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Tehran and the group of 6 (US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) met in Istanbul on Saturday, ending a 15-month hiatus in talks. "There is a positive atmosphere… contrasting with the last time," EU spokesman Michael Mann stated. An afternoon session on Saturday involved a number of bilateral meetings, but the Iranian delegation rejected the US representatives’ request for a bilateral meeting.

 

Posted on: April 14th, 2012

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The website Shalom Toronto reports that Canada’s foreign office will close down the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic development, which two years ago has decided to support B’Tzelem and the two Palestinian human rights organizations Al Chak and Al Mizan. B’Tzelem is an Israeli organization which has been presenting a decidedly pro-Palestinian view […]

 

Posted on: April 14th, 2012

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The Guardian reported that Israel has forced the low-cost airline Jet2.com to revoke the tickets of three women from Manchester who were on their way to Bethlehem via Ben Gurion airport this weekend to participate in an assembly of anti-Iaraeli activists. The three women received emails from Jet2.com informing them that the airline will not […]

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Egypt National Football Team, presumably in their pro-Israel outfits.
 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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This is too funny not to be true. Egypt's national soccer team is "forced" to break the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers’ decision to boycott Adidas, after the sportswear company sponsored the Jerusalem marathon… because the national team do not have an alternative kit to wear. "We have no choice but to wear Adidas in the UAE camp as we don’t have any other outfits," said the team's Executive Director.

 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Top U.S. Jewish organizations joined the call on President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard because of his reported illness. “A few months ago we visited Jonathan Pollard in prison and came away concerned about his health and the medical challenges he faced,” said a letter sent this week to Obama from Richard Stone, the chairman […]

 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA. Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in their April […]

Mel Gibson's "Maccabees" was supposed to be "Braveheart" about Jews. If only he liked us…
 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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In an explosive letter, Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Jagged Edge") writes Mel Gibson, Joe is accusing Mel of “hating Jews” and of using him to deflect his anti-Semitic reputation. Eszterhas wrote that Gibson, the director of a sadomasochistic flick about how the Jews killed you-know-who, never actually intended to make the movie about Jewish heroism, titled “The Maccabees.”

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Judge Margaret Marrinan and the Ramsey County courthouse.
 

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

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Judge Margaret Marrinan dismissed a lawsuit looking to force the state of Minnesota to sell the $18 million in Israeli bonds which is held in its portfolio. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota published this understatement: "Divesting from the State of Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, one of our nation’s strongest allies, and an important trading partner for the State of Minnesota, is wrong."

 

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

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Raymond Aubrac, whose parents were sent to Auschwitz, and his wife, were the most celebrated couple of the French resistance, fierce underground fighters against German occupation. Aubrac’s pregnant wife Lucie famously led a daring commando raid to rescue him from the Nazis. AFP reports that President Nicolas Sarkozy paid homage to “a heroic Resistance figure” […]

A Palestinian man walking behind two IDF soldiers at a crossing.
 

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

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IDF Soldiers and Military Police on Wednesday arrested a Palestinian armed with seven explosives at the Beka'ot crossing in the Jordan River Valley. The terrorist appeared suspicious and while searching him the soldiers discovered three knives and bullets, as well as the explosives. The terrorist was taken for further investigation by security forces.

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