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Advancing Human Rights, Beyond Israel

Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch, has established a new organization called Advancing Human Rights, with Irwin Cotler and David Keyes on the Board of Directors.

Oscars to Sacha Baron Cohen: Stay Home

If they ban him, does he not bleed, at least a little, on the inside? The Oscar folks appear to have had it up to here with the loveable, although as lowbrow as they come, British-Jewish star. Or maybe it was all his own idea. You figure it out.

Iran to SC: Blame Israel for Absolutely Everything

On occasion it's nice to read good things about one's country, reflected through the eyes of a sworn enemy. If half of what Iran's UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told the UN Security Council about Israeli covert operations, cyber warfare, psychological war and assassination of nuclear scientists is true, then we should sleep quietly tonight…

VIDEO: Yeshiva Student Lynchmobbed

On the face of it, it sounds like Arab on Jew violence, but we'll learn more once the police report is made. Meanwhile, if you're visiting the snowy Hermon site in your yeshiva outfit, better bring along someone who can protect you.

Egyptian Court Says New Parliament Unconstitutional

Al-Ahram reports that the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) on Monday referred several articles of the law governing parliamentary polls to the State Council, the...

Jews, Mormons, Happiest, Atheists Grumpiest: Gallup

Assuming 676,000 Gallup survey participants can't be wrong, it's now official: don your best yarmulke, tighten that lovely tichel, pour on those blintzes, kreplach and ponchikes, and trek out to hear the Torah reading every Shabbes – cuz that'll make you the happiest man or woman in America. Unless you belong to LDS, that works, too, apparently…

US: Israeli Settlements Not Constructive for Peace

According to FOCUS Information Agency, the United States said Wednesday that Israel's settlement activity was not "constructive" for Middle East peace after a committee...

As IAEA Fails, Lieberman Says: Israel Will Decide Whether to Bomb Iran

As atomic energy watchdogs reported being denied access to critical Iranian nuclear facilities, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters that Israel alone would make the decisions necessary for the security of its citizens.

Report: Armored Brigade Commander Prevented Military Rabbi from Speaking at Official Ceremony

The website kipa.co.il reports that Col. Lior Hochman, Commander of the 460 Armored Corps Brigade, prohibited the brigade rabbi from speaking at a military...

Israel Approves 695 New Housing Units in Sister Settlements Shilo and Shvut Rachel

Two settlements in Samaria will be celebrating a modest expansion with Wednesday's decision to add nearly 700 housing units to an area where so much Jewish blood has been spilled. Now wait for it… wait for it… international condemnations!

Students Ask, ‘Where Was The NY Times During The Holocaust?’

Last April, NYU student Emily Harrold embarked on the production of a film exploring why The New York Times under-reported the Holocaust during the 1940s. Now, a little less than a year later, the project has expanded to more than twenty students.

Knesset Debates Haredi Service After Tal Law Annulled

The Knesset has quickly assumed a proactive role in filling the void left by the the Israeli High Court's decision to annul the Tal Law. Two bills pertaining to mandatory service were already debated and voted upon today, Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni continued to blast the low enlistment rate of the Haredi population, and FM Avigdor Lieberman pledged to propose more legislation on the matter in the future.

Alan Gross Revelations Could Hamper Campaign For His Release

WASHINGTON – For the Jews of Cuba, it was the ultimate Internet connection. The high-tech equipment that U.S. contractor Alan Gross brought with him to Cuba in 2009 to help connect local Jews to the Internet reportedly included a SIM card that makes it almost impossible to track satellite signals and is generally unavailable to civilians, even in the United States.

Israel, UN, Worried about Growing Hizbollah Base in West Africa

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor warned the UN Security Council Tuesday that Hizbollah was increasing its power base in western Africa. UN...

Journalist: Secular Fear of Haredim Drove Court’s Rule on Service Deferments

Journalist and radio host Israel Gelis offers the Haredi point of view on the Supreme Court's decision to kill the Tal Law, which served as a moderate avenue for Haredim to join modern Israeli society, while holding on to their unique values.

Jews Up in Arms over Revisionist Israeli Historian’s Visit to Fresno State

Ilan Pappé is one of Israel's "New Historians" who blame the state's founders of committing a well planned ethnic cleansing to drive the Arabs out of the promised land. Now three California state schools are featuring his lectures and the local Jewish community is not amused.

Mets First Win of 2012 Is Over Kosher Dogs

Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein ruled that the NY Mets have the right to restrict Kosher Sports Inc. from selling their products on the Jewish Sabbath, citing a contract between the two entities that does not explicitly guarantee weekend sales

Iran Blocks Access to Nuke Facilities, IAEA Leaves

According to news agencies, after two days of talks on Iran’s nuclear program, UN nuclear experts have left Tehran without reaching a deal, adding...

King Abdullah II to US Jews: Peace Delay Israel’s Fault

The Jordinian state news agency Petra says His Majesty King Abdullah II told a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...

Azerbaijan Arrests Iranian Terror Cell

Azerbaijan's security agency said Tuesday it arrested a suspected terrorist group working for Iran. This is the second such claim this year, as tensions...

Mueller Appeased Arab Groups on 1000 “Offensive” FBI Documents

It turns out the FBI is using training materials that are inaccurate and offensive to Muslims. So the bureau's chief told an assembly of Muslim organizations about the removal of about 1 percent of the total number of training documents produced by the FBI. Except it also turns out that some of the folks Mueller assembled were not themselves so inoffensive…

Israel’s Supreme Court Dismisses Law Absolving Yeshiva Students from Army

A majority of Israel's Supreme Court judges on Tuesday accepted petitions against the Tal Law, which provides an exemption from military service to yeshiva...

Rabbi Lau Pens Poignant Letter Protesting Tel Aviv Decision to Run Buses on Shabbat

Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Lau responds with dismay to a resolution passed by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council to operate public transportation on Shabbat. He appealed to Mayor Ron Huldai, who supported the resolution, not to "allow the candle of Shabbat to burn out."

‘Caliphate Conference’ Seeks to Islamize Europe, US

The explicit aim of the Istanbul Process -- currently backed by the Obama administration -- is to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.

State Relents, Khader Adnan Ends 65-day Hunger Strike

Ranking Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan has ended his 65-day hunger strike after the State Prosecutor announced that under current circumstances, it would not...

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