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Haredi Soldier that Was Thrown Out of Shul Honored with an Aliyah

20 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
The story about the Haredi soldier who was shamed and kicked out of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak synagogue in Beit Shemesh is not over...
Abdullah Faarruq's page at Northeastern University suddenly disappeared from the Northeastern University website.

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For the past 15 years Abdullah Faarruq was the Muslim chaplain at Northeastern University in Boston. This week, Faarruq was revealed to be an Islamic extremist who encouraged acts of violence and who has publicly supported multiple convicted terrorists. But all traces of Faarruq suddenly disappeared from the Northeastern University website just days after his ties were announced in an article, and just before a shocking and carefully sourced video was released.

Makor Rishon to Buy Maariv?

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Photo: French ambassador in Israel Christophe Bigot

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The Oslo peace process had “more failures than advantages,” French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot told a delegation of pro-Land of Israel rabbis.
"Bring them down, kill them."

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Police Special Patrol Force officer ordered his subordinates to kill a group of youths who had climbed a rooftop in Ramat Migron.

Israeli Medical Smartphone Spreading Freedom, Happiness, Around the World

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Israeli, Palestinian Stopped in Self-Immolation Attempts

Police prevented an Israeli man and a Palestinian man from setting themselves on fire.

“Israel’s Capital” Lingo Re-Added to Democratic Party Platform

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Homeland Security Runs Threat Response Exercise with Jewish Leaders

About 50 high-ranking federal and state law enforcement officials met with an equal number of leading American Jewish officials for their first “table top” threat exercise.

EU launches Online Anti-Semitism Survey

The European Union launched an online survey into how Jews experience anti-Semitism in nine member states. Results will be published in an EU report next...

Charles Schumer on Obama and Jerusalem: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (Video)

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DNC Leadership Rams Through God and Jerusalem Despite Losing the Vote (Video)

Despite obviously losing the voice vote, the DNC leadership decided to pretend it won the vote, and restored God and Jerusalem to their platform.

German state of Berlin Declares Circumcision, Not Brit Milah, Legal

Berlin declares circumcision legal only if performed by a doctor. Brit Mila by a Mohel is still illegal.

Netanyahu: Europe Must Intensify Sanctions, Declare Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi this afternoon, reiterating his call on the international community to “set a clear redline for Iran” as well as for economic sanctions “to be intensified.”
Yitzhak Rabin (L.) and Yigal Alon in 1949

When I Murdered Rabin

Between conversations and nibbling, one of my neighbors bent over and whispered, smiling, “At least in this shul we know no one is going to recited Tehillim for his speedy recovery.” My immediate, totally uncalculated reaction was to open a siddur (prayer book) and begin to recite Tehillim. I couldn’t behave otherwise. That‘s my nature – if someone will tell me NOT to jump off a bridge, I’m already up on the railing, hat in hand.

Study: Highest Suicide Rates Among Religious Homosexuals

3.5% of the young people interviewed attempted suicide.

New York Times Bestseller List Bad News For Obama?

Do book sales reflect the general mood of the American electorate? If so, the current New York Times bestseller list does not carry good news for President Obama.

U.S., Israeli Officials Blast Media Reports Claiming Obama-Netanyahu Rift

JERUSALEM – White House and Israeli government officials criticized Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper for publishing what they described as two patently false stories during the past week.

At DNC, Focus Is On Jewish Swing Voters As Key To Obama Election Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection. At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the Democratic National Convention.
President Jimmy Carter (seen here with wife Rosalynn), one of America's most outspoken critics of Israel, spoke at the DNC convention Tuesday night. Featuring Carter as a major speaker signaled a shift in the Party's view of Israel, which can bee seen in changes in its platform.

Some Love Lost: Dems Drop ‘Special Relationship’ Language from 2012 Platform

Also missing is what had been a solid commitment to isolate Hamas. Instead, the only pre-conditions imposed are the same for all Arabs in the area - "we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel's right to exist [not to exist as a Jewish State, just to exist], reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements." That's it. There have also been changes regarding Israel between the 2008 Republican Party Platform and the one just passed in Tampa at last week's Republican Party Convention - and those appear to be more favorable to Israel.

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