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Writer Ákos Kertész is fleeing his fellow Hungarians
 

Hungarian Jewish Writer Seeking Canadian Asylum May Not Be Jewish

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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Ákos Kertész, winner of the Hungary's prestigious literary award, arrived in Montreal Sunday seeking asylum, saying elements in his home country are threatening his life. But a fellow Hungarian immigrant says that Kertész may not be Jewish, and Hungarians are angry at him because he called them "genetically servile," comparing them to pigs.

 

Peres, Bibi, Ask Obama for Pollard’s Release

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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JTA reports that both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week asked President Obama to release convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard. Peres told Pollard’s wife, Esther, on Monday that he discussed the possibility of releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been jailed for 27 years since being convicted of espionage in 1987 and […]

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Florida State Legislature Unanimously Passes Resolution Recognizing Israel’s Right to Judea and Samaria

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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“The members of [Florida’s Legislature] support Israel in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel governed under one law for all people.”

 

Egyptian Oil Pipeline in Sinai Blown Up… Again

Posted on: March 6th, 2012

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Once again, the Egyptian oil pipeline to Israel in the Sinai was blown up.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with US president Barack Obama in the White House, Washington DC, during PM Netanyahu's official visit in the USA. March 05, 2012.
 

Obama and Netanyahu Meet: Relationship and Differences Unchanged

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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Obama sought to assure Netanyahu that the United States was keeping the military option against Iran open, and "has Israel's back," and at the same time urged Israel to wait patiently for the sanctions and, possibly, diplomacy, to do their job. Netanyahu, for his part, concentrated on Israel's undeniable right to defend itself against Iran, and reiterated that Israel sees Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to its existence. The problem is, both leaders had held precisely the same positions before and after their meeting. So why meet?

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Magen Executive Director David Morris fights child abuse with education.
 

New Group Combating Child Molestation in Ultra Orthodox Enclave

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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"Magen" is a new Child Protection Agency operating in Ramat Beit Shemesh, whose Haredi vs. National Religious and Secular clamorous encounters made headlines a month or so ago. But Magen deals with a quieter, more sinister aspect of life in this area. Founded two years ago, Magen now reports the presence of at least 36 suspected child abusers in the community of Ramat Beit Shemesh.

 

Korean Jewish Community Gets First Torah Scroll

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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The dedication of a new Torah scroll is always a cause for celebration. But for the small yet proud Jewish community in South Korea, just such a dedication Sunday meant so much more. Not only did it cap the community’s recent unprecedented growth, it welcomed what for Jews elsewhere in the world is almost a […]

MK Katz and Committee Chair Carmel Shama-Cohen emerge victorious from Broadcasting Authority debate.
 

A Decade after Demise of his Alternative Station, MK Katz Alters Broadcasting Authority Law

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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The Knesset Economic Committee held a heated discussion Monday over the composition of incoming Broadcasting Authority Supervisory Council. MK Jacob Katz argued that the previous text perpetuated a distortion which was causing large communities to feel alienated and segregated from public broadcasting. Ten years ago, Katz's own "Pirate" alternative radio station was taken down in the spirit of that same old law.

Anti-Purim internet pamphlet
 

Leftist Campaign Against Purim Hits the Web

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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The internet pamphlet plays on a popular Purim greeting, 'sameach u'mevadech' [happy and humorous], and asks rhetorically if people really know what Purim is about.

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Israeli wine getting ready for export
 

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. In contrast, Israel's exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Herodian ruins in Judea and Samaria
 

Hanging Out in Judea and Samaria – Tourism in the Biblical Land

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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Rare landscapes, natural settings, springs, Biblical sites and the largest flying fox in Israel – these are just a few of the attractions you will find on a tour of Judea and Samaria

 

Texas Orthodox Jewish School Loses Bball Final

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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The NY Times reports that Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish high school which succeeded in its appeal to reschedule a semi-final game of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools from Shabbat to Friday afternoon last week, on Saturday night lost to Abilene Christian, 46-42, in the state championship game. The final, […]

Author Susan Nathan is facing deportation
 

Pro-Palestinian Jewish Author Facing Indian Deportation for Muslim Extremist Ties

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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After immigrating to Israel from England in 1999 at age 50, Susan Nathan has become an outspoken pro-Palestinian advocate, appearing in the Swedish Human Rights festival and the Stockholm Olof Palme Centre, as well as forums sponsored by the Arab American Association. She came to India for medical treatment, but her visa expired and the government wants her out on suspicion of contact with extremist Muslim organizations.

 

From Canada, Netanyahu ‘appreciates’ Obama’s Promises on Iran

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

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Canada.com reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he “appreciated” President Barack Obama’s statements on Iran and was looking forward to discussing them when he arrives in Washington Monday. “I very much appreciated that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that […]

President Barack Obama speaking at the 2012 AIPAC conference, Sunday.
 

President Obama to AIPAC: ‘When the Chips are Down, I Have Israel’s Back’

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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President Obama: "I do not have a policy of containment, I have a policy of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." He also hailed himself as Israel's greatest friend, and said he plans to honors Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

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Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Sign Underwater Electric Cable Deal

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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AFP reports that Israel and Cyprus have signed an accord Sunday to lay an underwater electricity cable between the two countries. It’s the first stage in an effort to transfer power between mainland Europe and Israel. The cable, to be complete by 2016, will stretch 178 miles, at a depth of 6,550 feet. Israel Electric […]

Knesset Deputy Speaker Danny Danon wants to ban ads with underweight models.
 

‘Anorexic Model’ Bill to Ban Images of Dangerously Underweight People in Public Media

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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MK Dannon’s Senior Advisor Jonathan Daniels told the Jewish Press the bill was conceived after a group of legislators visited a clinic for critically underweight patients and met with anorectic patients. “It was horrific,” Daniels said. “And we didn’t see just 15-year-old anorexic girls, there were men, and older women. It was incredibly distressful to see them. They were close to death.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres
 

Peres to AIPAC: ‘Iran Will Not Develop a Nuclear Weapon’

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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President Peres said "there is NO space between" Israel and the US, and insisted that Obama's "commitment to Israel is deep and profound." Regarding peace with the Palestinians, he said "the principle of the 'The Two State solution' was "a paramount Israeli interest."

Young Jewish man meditating by the shore of the Kinneret.
 

Since Thursday Kinneret Level Rises 7.9 Inches

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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Large amounts of water that swept through northern Israel and led to a strong flow of streams have produced exceptionally high figures for the National Lake's level. The Kinneret water is now at about 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) above the "lower red line." While rain may be ceasing soon, the snow thaw is expected to add even more water in the spring.

Provocative billboards to be posted in Muslim and Jewish neighborhoods Monday (Hebrew sign was altered to spare readers' feelings).
 

Atheists Target Religious Jews in Williamsburg

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

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"You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice," the billboards declare, in Patterson in English and Arabic, and in Brooklyn in English and Hebrew. Next to the text on the Arabic billboard is the word Allah, and on the Hebrew sign is the Hebrew word for the Tetragrammaton, which Jews are not permitted to pronounce. Including the "Shem ham'forash" in the Hebrew billboard is particularly provocative, since it is sacred and so may not be erased in print, presenting protesters with a dilemma.

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