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Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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Rabbi Pesach Lerner will step down as head of the National Council of Young Israel, the organization said. Lerner decided not to resume his role as executive vice president of the organization – a position he has held for more than 20 years – following a six-month working sabbatical, Young Israel said in a statement […]

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Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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The AP reported that on Thursday night, the largest Presbyterian group in the United States rejected by a razor-thin margin a proposal to divest from three companies that do business with Israel. According to AP, the Presbyterian General Assembly voted 333-331, with two abstentions, against the divestment plan. The assembly voted instead in favor of […]

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Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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Libby Kahane, widow of Rabbi Meir Kahane HY”D, was questioned by police this week after her grandson, Meir Ettinger broke his bail conditions last Shabbat. Ettinger has been under house arrest for several months after being indicted approximately six months ago on charges that he gathered information on IDF troop movements in order to block […]

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Ozar Hatorah students during a trip to Israel a few years ago.
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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A 17 year-old student from the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where gunman Mohammed Merah murdered three children and an administrator last March, was attacked violently on a train Wednesday night in Lyon, according to the French Interior Ministry. Neither of the perpetrator has been summoned for questioning on Thursday morning, after having been caught by the train’s controller.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Three people were injured Thursday in a family brawl south of Gaza City, witnesses told the Ma’an news agency. One of those injured is in critical condition, witnesses said, adding that all three were hospitalized after the fight in the Zaitoun neighborhood. No IAF drones were involved in the event. Jewish Press News Briefs

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Warsaw prosecutors decided to discontinue an investigation into anti-Semitic entries on Polish on-line forums. The investigation, which ended Tuesday, was undertaken at the request of Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski. The prosecutor concluded that there was no “public interest” requiring his office to prosecute the perpetrators. In April 2011, Sikorski informed the prosecutor of the […]

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor. In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain in 2011, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in Spain counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that the observatory says were created in Spain. In 2010 the observatory counted only 400 […]

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A pre-circumcision family outing, on their way to the to Eyup Mosque in Istanbul.
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Around 20 organizations representing four million Muslim residents of Germany, announced that the parliament must ensure religious freedom by removing legal doubts about circumcision since the June 26 court ruling. The ruling was also criticized in no uncertain terms by the head of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Dieter Graumann.

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Neo-Nazi Terry Tremaine
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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A neo-Nazi leader is planning to defend himself against hate crime charges by proving his bigoted comments on white supremacist websites are factually correct, his defense attorney says.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Hungary’s House Speaker László Kövér has replied to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who recently renounced a Hungarian state honor in protest at what he sees as the government toleration of rising anti-Semitic sentiment, the Budapest Times reported. Kövér defended Hungarian writer József Nyírõ, who was a member of parliament for the wartime fascist […]

Students at the Ariel University campus.
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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The Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel's Council for Higher Education recommended Wednesday to defer the decision until a comprehensive evaluation is undertaken in the next year. The list of Ariel's accomplishments may be the very reason for its failure to achieve recognition by its peers in Israel.

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Six women from Gaza appealed their case to the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday to be allowed to pray at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, after their original petition was denied by the Beersheba District Court last year.  The women claim discrimination based on their Muslim faith, as Christian women in Gaza are allowed to visit Israel’s […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Human rights group claims that Jordan is discriminating against 140,000 Syrian refugees by forcing the return of new arrivals and threatening others with deportation.  The New York-based Human Rights Watch found that since April, Jordanian authorities have detained Palestinians for months with no possibility of release.  Others said that they or relatives had been deported […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was featured in a video message Tuesday night at the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s home in Herzilya saying he “appreciate(s) deeply all that America has done for Israel.” Netanyahu expressed hope at the power of freedom’s ability to prevail, despite a skeptical society and difficulty at achieving […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Two pilots, whose jet was shot down by Syria, have been found in the eastern Mediterranean sea bed.  The plane was shot down on June 22, and the bodies were just found on Wednesday after a US deep-sea exploration.  The F-4 jet was said to be shot down in international airspace, while Syria claims it […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Yigal Amir will finish 17 years in solitary confinement after shooting Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to death in 1995.  The assassin will join between one and three other inmates in a locked cell and be allowed time to walk in the prison yard for just two hours a day.  Amir is serving a life sentence […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Young Judaea is en route to full independence from Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah’s board had voted for the separation in June 2011, and both organizations announced this week that the move to independence had begun. Simon Klarfeld was hired in December as Young Judaea’s executive director. Hadassah will provide $7 million […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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While the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) does not have statistics on how many of its 2,000 Reform rabbis in North America officiate at intermarriages, when pressed, Rabbi Hara Person, director of CCAR Press, estimated "it's about half." A resolution proposed at CCAR's 2008 annual convention called for dropping the official opposition to intermarriages. The resolution was tabled but the practice is now commonplace.

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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The country’s largest Presbyterian church has agreed to vote by week’s end on divesting its portfolio from three companies that it says have resisted the request to stop providing services that aid Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly’s Middle East Committee voted 36 to 11 with one abstention in […]

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Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Iranian nationals arrested in Kenya may have been planning to attack U.S. or Israeli targets, Kenyan security forces said. Security forces found 33 pounds of a powerful explosive after they arrested the Iranians in June, according to The Associated Press. The explosives were in Mombassa, a coastal city. The AP reported that several hotels on […]

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