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Israel's gay pride parade passes in front of the Knesset. But Israeli gays are not "kosher" enough for some West Coast LGBT.
 

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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In the solidarity business, life can be unpredictable. Take, for instance, the story of the LGBT commission representing the gay community in Seattle, which this month canceled a Friday reception at City Hall for a visiting delegation of Israeli gay leaders. They argued that Israel was "pinkwashing" its treatment of the Palestinians by showing the world how fabulous they are on gay rights.

Chief Justice John Roberts: "Zivotofsky does not ask the courts to determine whether Jerusalem is the capital of Israel."
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday on the case of Zivotofsky v. Clinton, a suit in which Naomi and Ari Zivotofsky are challenging the way the State Department may list the birthplace of their son, nine-year-old Menachem. The State Department decided that little Menachem's US passport should show Jerusalem as his birth place, without an accompanying country.

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The Iron Dome deployed near the southern city of Ashkelon
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA) authorizes and encourages President Obama to provide funds for the "procurement, maintenance and sustainment" of more of the anti-missile defense systems, should the Israeli government request it. The legislation was actually inspired by an op-ed by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, in which he wrote that "at least ten Iron Dome systems will be necessary in order to defend the whole country."

Mohammed Merah Home Video
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the man responsible for the murders of 7 people last week, visited Israel in 2010. According to a Shin Bet investigation, Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, prior his travels to Afghanistan, in September 2010. The investigation also revealed that […]

FM Avigdor Lieberman
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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Israel has officially decided to end all contact and cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and will not permit the entry of the Council's 'fact-finding' observers, after passage of a resolution calling for a probe of Israel's conduct in Judea and Samaria.

Iron Dome launcher in Ashkelon
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

There are currently three operational and actively deployed batteries, which are meant for deployment in the south of Israel, while the fourth battery is expected to become fully operational next week, and is intended for the Tel Aviv area.

 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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Turkey has closed its embassy in Syria because of what it says is a worsening security situation, as President Bashar al-Assad continue to bombard the city of Homs. Turkey informed its citizens last week that it was suspending all activities at its embassy in Damascus and called on them to return to Turkey. Turkey, a onetime ally […]

President Nicolas Sarkozy at the funeral of French paratroopers. The President granted a request for posthumous marriage by the girlfriend of one of the fallen.
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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It may seem a bit macabre, but the terrible tale of multiple killings of innocents in Toulouse continues to yield messages of hope, peeking through the scenes of blood and gore. It began with the heartfelt plea for increased light that was issued by widow and grieving mother Chava (Eva) Sandler. Now the pregnant girlfriend of one of the Toulouse gunman's victims has said she will marry her murdered partner in a posthumous ceremony.

Mayim Bialik with Jim Parsons, as Amy and Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory (2010).
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The lovely Mayim Bialik, heartthrob of millions of geeks as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, spoke at the National Museum of American Jewish History to mark the 90th anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah. I absolutely love Mayim, who confessed to nursing her own little boy, Fred, through age 3 ("I believe in child-led weaning"). I just think she may not be the best advocate for rituals of adulthood…

(L-R) Presidents Hamid Karzai, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Asif Ali Zardari met in Dushanbe Sunday.
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and Tajiki President Emomali Rahmon "called for more cooperation" during their summit in the Tajiki capital of Dushanbe on Sunday. The meeting happened against the background of the increasing economic sanctions against Iran.

 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that residents of the Gaza Strip mostly blame the Hamas government for their ongoing fuel crisis, according to a poll released on Saturday. According to a study conducted by the Arab World for Research & Development, 48 percent of Gazans hold Hamas responsible for the cutoff in fuel supplies […]

 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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Israel has allowed a special transfer of fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, in order to accommodate the dire needs Palestinian civilians, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s office. Altogether, 10 tankers will move 112,500 gallons of diesel and gasoline to a power plant in Gaza. The fuel transfer will be carried out as quickly as […]

Migron -- the animated version
 

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The entire story of the Migron outpost explained in 3 entertaining minutes, including the missing link, the one component the High Court is yet to offer in this sad trampling over justice and lives: proof of Arab ownership.

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New Court Chief Justice (Asher Grunis, with retired Chief Beinish), old Court overreach.
 

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The High Court on Sunday rejected the settlement deal between the State and the residents of the outpost Migron, allowing an extension of their evacuation date until August this year, and not next weekend, as was the original decision. But Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Danon threatens "If the court does not approve the Migron agreement, we will confirm it via primary legislation."

United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
 

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Deputy FM Danny Ayalon said Israel would not be cooperating with the Council in the wake of its passage of a resolution ordering a 'fact-finding mission' into Israel's conduct in Judea and Samaria: "We have no reason to continue cooperating with a hypocritical organization which specializes in double-speak and has a mission to smear us."

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Posted on: March 25th, 2012

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The Iranian Mehr news agency reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on Saturday to attend the ancient Persian New Year (Noruz) festivities, which are being held on Sunday. The occasion is celebrated in Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, India, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. The presidents […]

 

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

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Reuters has reported that President Obama spoke with Turkish PM Erdogan Sunday morning, and told him that Iran still has time to solve the nuclear issue diplomatically, but that the window is closing. President Obama is currently in South Korea for a nuclear security conference in Seoul. He made a symbolic gesture by first visiting the De-Militarized […]

Eva Sandler at the Burial of Rabbi Jonathan, Aryeh, and Gavriel
 

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Eva Sandler, wife of Rabbi Jonathan and mother of young boys Aryeh and Gavriel - 3 of the 4 Jews murdered in a shooting attack by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on March 19 - has issued a public letter responding to the thousands of people seeking ways to support her in her time of suffering.

Students on the campus of Ariel University Center in Samaria. The institution will soon receive full state recognistion.
 

Posted on: March 25th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Anyone with a basic knowledge of third-grade math will raise an eyebrow at the mathematical gyrations displayed by the Israeli daily Ha'aretz regarding the efforts to block the certification of Ariel College, located east of the 67 armistice line, as a full-fledged university. The numbers in their report on academicians' objections to the new facility just don't jive.

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