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Israel is Theme of Gay Conference

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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A major annual US gay conference will feature Israel and its gay community this year. The Equality Forum’s four-day event in Philadelphia, ending Sunday, featured Israeli gay performers, activists, and Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.  Each year, the conference chooses another country as its theme. Gaycities.com rated Israel the top Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual travel […]

Hamas Minister of Interior and National Security Fathi Hammad
 

Hamas Senior Official: Palestinians Don’t Come from Palestine

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Hamas Official: "Who are the Palestinians? We have many families whose roots are Egyptians! We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims. We are a part of you".

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Two Irish Bands Succumb to Cultural Terrorism

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Two Irish bands scheduled to play highly-publicized concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Nahalal in June have cancelled, citing an overwhelming international uproar over their refusal to join the boycott against relations with Israel. Dervish and Fullset both published apologies on their Facebook pages, explaining that a mutual friend of theirs, Israeli musician Avshalom Farjun, […]

 

Historic Jaffa Cemetery Comes to Life

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Chevra Kadisha burial society will invest NIS 10 million in preserving and refurbishing a historic Jaffa cemetery established in 1840. The cemetery, at the corners of Yehuda Hayamit and Yehuda Meragusa streets, will revamp the site into a tourist location highlighting the settlement of Jews in the area prior to the establishment […]

 

Israel’s Ambassador Urging Jewish Unity in Detroit

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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The Detroit Free Press reports that Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, speaking Sunday at a Jewish-American conference in Detroit, said that his country has to hold on to its Jewish identity, and he urged American Jews to remain united with other Jews around the world in their support for Israel. “Together, we must […]

Their Weight in Gold
 

Their Weight in Gold

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Israelis shop tomatoes at a vegetable market of Machne Yehuda in Jerusalem, May 06, 2012. Tomato prices are expected to rise up to 16 shekels per kilogram ($1.90 per pound). The situation is being blamed on normal, seasonal cycles. According to Fresh Plaza, Rami Levi, owner of the discount supermarket chain Rami Levi Shivuk Hashikma, […]

Netanyahu addressing the Likud Party convention Sunday.
 

Netanyahu Calls for New Election, Lieberman Wants Delay

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Likud Party convention called for a four-month election campaign. Meanwhile, coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu called for a delay of the Knesset dissolution to allow the government to pass its bill ordering mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces for all Israeli citizens.

François Hollande thanking tens of thousands who came to the Place de la Bastille in Paris Sunday.
 

French Jewry Leader: Hollande Victory a Boost to Anti-Israel Front

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Following his victory Sunday, the 57-year-old François Hollande shouted himself hoarse, as he had done so often during the campaign, thanking his supporters for electing him president and promising to unite the whole country. But Richard Prasquier, President of the Jewish-French organizations, says one of the changes the Hollande presidency brings is a boost to the anti-Israel left.

Cpl. May Karen is a shooting instructor in the IDF Ground Forces.
 

IDF Female Shooting Instructor Prepares Men for Combat

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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Cpl. May Karen serves as a shooting instructor in the IDF Ground Forces. "I knew I wanted to become an infantry instructor even before enlisting," she says. IDF female shooting instructors go through an extensive course where they learn how to use different weapons and specialize in shooting techniques. They then teach combat infantry soldiers who will use it in battle.

New Yorker Gideon Ariel is running against Netanyahu for President of the Likud convention.
 

Exclusive: New Yorker Gideon Ariel Running Against Netanyahu for President of Likud Convention

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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UPDATE: About 100 Likud Central Committee members have been refused entrance into the hall where the vote on the next President of the Likud convention is to be held. Police say the Exhibition Gardens hall in north Tel Aviv is too small for the number of committee members who are entitled to come in and vote.

New Cats
 

New Cats

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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The trio of lion brothers Danny, Michael and Jacob at the Ramat Gan safari. March 21, 2007. The Zoological Center Tel Aviv – Ramat Gan or “Safari” occupies 250 acres of nature in the heart of a densely populated urban area in Israel: “Africa in the heart of Israel.” The Safari has the largest animal […]

letter from the Prime Minister
 

Prime Minister to Israelis: ‘You Touched My Heart’

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu penned a letter to the people of the State of Israel, thanking them for coming to console him after the death of his father. The letter, written by the Prime Minister and posted on his Facebook page, expressed gratitude to the thousands of Israelis who paid respects at the shiva house […]

The Dimona nuclear reactor dome. Iran has been using Israel's reluctance to join the NPT to escape criticism of its own program.
 

Iran Campaign Targeting Israel as Global Nuclear Threat

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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Press TV, Iran's television network, broadcasting in English round-the-clock, on Sunday published an interview with Mark Glenn, of The Crescent and Cross Solidarity movement, who said that Israel is the only regime that “has threatened to take the entire world down in a nuclear Armageddon in the instance that her precious experiments in Jewish self-rule in the Middle East ceases to materialize.”

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird with Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
 

Canadian Foreign Minister: ‘We’re Israel’s Best Friend’

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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At the end of a week in which the United Church of Canada, that country's largest Protestant denomination called for a boycott of goods produced in “illegal” Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird declared that "Israel has no greater friend in the world today than Canada." Baird was addressing the American Jewish Committee World Leaders Plenary in D.C.

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Connecticut Jewish Woman Suing over Burial of Gentile in her Congregation’s Cemetery

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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The AP reports that a trial is set to begin in the case of a Connecticut Jewish woman who sued her congregation because a black woman had been buried in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban’s lawsuit will go to trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court. She is demanding that the remains […]

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Israeli Army Balloon Crashes Near Gaza Strip

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that an Israeli military surveillance zeppelin crashed near the Gaza Strip after a civilian crop duster struck its cable. The balloon, used for observing Gaza from above, crashed Friday on Israel’s side of the border. There were no reports of injury after the incident. In January, an unmanned aerial […]

 

Eliyahu Werdesheim Convicted, Brother Avi Cleared, in Baltimore Shomrim Case

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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Eliyahu Werdesheim, one of two Baltimore brothers charged with beating an African-American teenager, was found guilty by a circuit court. Werdesheim, a former member of Israeli special forces, was found guilty on charges of false imprisonment and second-degree assault, while his brother Avi was cleared of all charges in the beating of Corey Ausby in […]

 

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dies of Cancer at 47

Posted on: May 5th, 2012

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Adam Yauch of the seminal hip-hop group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47 after battling cancer. Yauch, one of three members of the seminal hip-hop group, had been diagnosed in 2009 with cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node. The news of Yauch’s death was first reported Friday by […]

Yair Lapid (R), head of the new "Yesh Atid" party, with a friend.
 

Newest Israeli Party Includes Chairman’s Makeup Artist, Karate Trainer

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

Journalist and Television host turned premier wannabe Yair Lapid's party's name, "Yesh Atid" ("There's a Future"), was a last minute fix. It turned out its original name had already been taken, several times, actually. At least one man's future will be secure in the new Yesh Atid movement: Founder Yair Lapid. The new party rules clearly state that he may not be removed from office until 2020.

 

Jewish-Egyptian Businessman Suing Coca-Cola for Using his Family’s Confiscated Property

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

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Jewish Canadian-Egyptian businessman Raphael Bigio is seeking a full U.S. appeals court to rehear his lawsuit against Coca-Cola for using his family’s property in Egypt. Bigio and his family filed the brief Wednesday in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He is suing the Coca-Cola Company headquartered in the United States for […]

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