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A scene from Woody Allen's "Sleeper." Diane Keaton wails: "Oy vey Ize Meer…"
 

‘Ashkenic’ Jews to Celebrate the Passover with Brisket and Kuegel

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

In Woody Allen's 1973 comic Sci Fi masterpiece "Sleeper," an underground band in the far future is trying to revive Allen's memory by acting out scenes from his childhood in Jewish Brooklyn. One of the men, in the roll of Allen's father, urges him, "Stop whining and eat your shiksa…" That was the feeling that overcame me when I read the article in Monday's Daily Mail of New Baltimore, NY, under the headline "Church brings Jewish traditions to life."

PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the Mukataa in Ramallah, where he regularly updates his Facebook account.
 

When Unfriending Just Won’t Do: President Abbas Arrests Woman who Flamed him on Facebook

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Did you ever get the urge to go beyond just flaming someone who got on your case on Facebook, or elsewhere on the Internet for that matter, and wished you had a police force all your own you could use to put that person in his or her place? If you happen to be Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, you can do that!

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An AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition were found next to a killed terrorist's body Monday morning.
 

IDF Thwarts Armed Infiltration Attempt at Gaza Fence Sunday Night

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

Remember the adage about how fences make for good neighbors? It turns out they work quite well for bad neighbors, too. Sunday night, IDF soldiers operating along the security fence in the central Gaza Strip identified a suspicious figure digging in the ground, suggesting he was attempting to plant an explosive device. The soldiers tried to distance him by firing at him, confirming a hit.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (L) with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. The nightmare of an Egypt dominated by the Brotherhood may become a come the May 23 Presidential elections.
 

A Year Later, ‘Arab Spring’ Ushering In an Islamist Egypt

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

It's not as if no one in the West has been warning about it; and it's not as if Egyptians, exposing themselves to violence while demonstrating gallantly in a relentless effort to topple a corrupt, repressive regime, weren't aware of the possibility of it; nevertheless, the prospect of an imminent takeover—albeit using democratic means—by the radical Muslims is terrifying.

Harpsichordist Barbara Cadranel in front of her controversial mezuzah.
 

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…

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Defeated Everywhere Else, BlackBerry Looking for a Win in Cairo

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The website e-week reports that BlackBerry Canadian Maker Research in Motion (RIM) just told its shareholders at their fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call March 29 that BlackBerry smartphone sales fell by 21 percent between its third and fourth quarters. During the same period, revenue fell 19 percent. But don’t mention any of this to the Egyptians, […]

 

Clinton: Security Council, Germany, to Meet Iran in Istanbul April 13

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have agreed to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for the latest round of nuclear talks. Secretary Clinton made the announcement at a news conference Saturday following a security conference in Riyadh, […]

Greece Minister for National Defense, Panagiotis Beglitis meets with Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak
 

Israel, Greece Conduct Joint Naval Exercise in Mediterranean, Increasing Tensions with Turkey

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

The drill, called "Noble Dina", will continue through April 5, and will also include the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It is aimed at simulating submarine combat, airborne dogfights, as well as coordinating the defense of offshore natural gas platforms.

Israel Inside
 

Secrets of Israeli Success Revealed in New Documentary

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

A new feature-length documentary starring one of Harvard University’s all-time most popular professors reveals the secret components of Israel’s success as an international leader in innovation and humanitarianism.

 

Amnesty: By the Way, Hamas Cops Beat Up Demonstrators

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Proving that public officials must read their own stories before sending them out, we found an item on the Palestinian news agency Ma’an’s website Saturday that began: “Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and north Africa called Friday for Israel to stop using excessive force against demonstrators.” The item continued (2nd paragraph): “Ann […]

Before and After
 

Tzadik Plastic Surgeon to Shadchanim: Free Nose Job for Your Clients Who Need But Can’t Afford It

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

InDepthInterviews and Profiles

Board-certified Miami plastic surgeon and Nose Job Specialist Michael Salzhauer surprised me. He forced me—an instinctive objector to vain mutilation for the sake of some notion of exterior beauty—to reconsider my views on this issue. And he's not cynical, that was another huge surprise. I walked away convinced he means every word he says.

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A hundred or so Arab demonstrators burned tires and threw rocks at IDF soldiers in Kalandia.
 

As of Late Friday Afternoon, ‘Global March on Jerusalem’ Fails to Ignite Mass Clashes with Police, Army

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

At the Kalandia checkpoint, where Palestinian youths have been taunting Israeli security forces all day, activity fizzled down after TV cameras had left. Jordan mass sit-in remained 6 miles from the border. Lebanon's army restrained Iranian and Palestinian busloads of demonstrators. In this region things can change rapidly, but we're off to the mikvah, to prepare for Shabbat. Here's hoping for a peaceful evening.

J Street's leader Jeremy Ben-Ami opened the 2012 J Street conference believing he received official Israeli recognition. Reality was stunningly different.
 

Israeli Diplomat’s ‘Spanking’ of J Street Conference Removed from Organization History; Read Entire Speech in the Jewish Press

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street's official history. It never happened. But we have it…

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French elite force in training.
 

Police Arrested 20 Islamists Following Toulouse Murders, Terrorist Network May Be Shut Down

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

It's important to separate the failure of elite French police units to apprehend murderer Muhammad Merah a week ago, from our estimate of the ability of French security forces to monitor radical Islamists within their borders. It turns out that France, which has been hit by terrorist attacks since the Algerian war of the 1950s, could teach the US a thing or two about controlling Arab terrorism.

 

Thousands Expected at Beaufort Castle, Lebanese Army Imposing Heavy Security Measures

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The Naharnet website reports that some 4,000 Lebanese, Palestinian and “foreign” demonstrators (i.e. Iranians) are expected to march to the Beaufort Castle in Nabatiyeh on Friday morning, marking Land Day. The Lebanese army and security forces have taken strong measures to prevent uncontrolled escalation of the protest. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is […]

 

Hamas: PA Blocking Egypt Fuel Supply to Gaza

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an is quoting a Hamas spokesman who said Thursday the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is at least partly a result of Egypt’s refusal to deal directly with the government in Gaza. Ahmad Abu al-Amarin told Ma’an the government has been attempting to buy Egyptian fuel through official channels, but […]

Women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.
 

Gloria Steinem, Women Under Siege, Documenting Sex Crimes in Syria in Real Time

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Turning to Internet users for help in reporting rape and sexual assault in Syria, to inform the international community and to provide the base for potential prosecutions, a new Women's Media Center initiative, spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, declares: "Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served."

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PM Netanyahu greeting Gilad Shalit as his mother Aviva looks on
 

Netanyahu Meets with Gilad Shalit, Parents as Holiday of Liberation Approaches

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

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Residents of Samaria to US, Canadian, Donors: MDA Enemy of the Settlements

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross, in which MDA has committed to remove the red Star of David symbols from ambulances serving Samarian towns, and to transfer medical authority in the district to the Palestinian Red Crescent. […]

French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent Adlene Hicheur.
 

French Nuclear Physicist on Trial for Plotting Hits with Al Qaeda

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Adlene Hicheur, a French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent who once worked at Switzerland's renowned CERN laboratory, is being tried in Paris on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda in North Africa. His attorneys claim he only sent angry emails. They are afraid their clients would be unfairly linked with the Toulouse murderer.

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