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Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)
 

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

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Jewish Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts Barney Frank, 72, wed his male partner of five years, carpenter James Ready, 42, in a private ceremony on Saturday, marking the first same-sex marriage conducted by a sitting US congressman. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated at the ceremony at the Boston Marriortt Newton in suburban Boston.  The grooms vowed […]

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UNHRC president, Uruguay Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre.
 

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

UNHRC on Friday named three women to the panel, one accused Israel of "total discrimination," another's sister served on the Goldstone commission.

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Some 35,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv urging government to enact universal draft legislation.
 

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

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Keynote speaker former GSS chief Yuval Diskin said: "I served this country for thirty-seven years with love and with hope, and throughout these long years I did not even once, even for one moment, feel that I was a sucker. When I joined, almost everyone enlisted, but when I got out I discovered that we are close to the point where almost no one is enlisting. And that's the whole story."

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Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb spearheaded the failed effort to boycott three U.S. companies doing business with Israel.
 

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Once again, the BDS movement did not have a victory to claim. But we must not ignore Jewish organizations and individuals dreaming of strangling Israel's economy.

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American billionaire businessman Sheldon Gary Adelson and his wife Miriam.
 

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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NJDC President David Harris says Sheldon Adelson's money is bad because the casino magnate approved of prostitution at his China properties.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in transit.
 

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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The announcement of Clinton's visit comes just after news earlier this week that Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would visit Israel this summer. "As part of her ongoing consultations with senior Palestinian and Israeli leaders, the Secretary will also meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas" – in Paris. But the State Dept. is vague on a meeting with newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

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Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz gave a Bayit Yehudi Party and many "Anglos" showed up. It started up looking too much like a late-night TV show, but then it got more interesting when they brought out two of the candidates running for head of the party: Naftali Bennett and Daniel Hershkowitz took the stage and started dreaming in earnest.

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A pre-circumcision family outing, on their way to the to Eyup Mosque in Istanbul.
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Around 20 organizations representing four million Muslim residents of Germany, announced that the parliament must ensure religious freedom by removing legal doubts about circumcision since the June 26 court ruling. The ruling was also criticized in no uncertain terms by the head of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Dieter Graumann.

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Rabbi Yoel Schwartz greets Religious Jewish soldiers attending a swearing in ceremony as they enter the IDF "Nahal Haredi" unit. May 31, 2012.
 

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

A few hours after a report by MK Plesner's committee on "equal share in burden" was made public Wednesday morning, coalition partner Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz convened members of his faction to say that he expects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the committee's recommendations within a few days days. "The decision before us is a crucial decision for Israel," he stressed.

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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.
 

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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The Republican Jewish Coalition is sending two of its top officials to Israel to rally for expatriate votes. The voter registration drive is led by Ari Fleischer, press secretary for GW Bush, and RJC executive director Matt Brooks.

Mitt Romney
 

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012

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The Republican presidential candidate will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad later this summer.

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iVoteIsrael
 

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

A new movement to register American expatriates in Israel to vote in the US elections aims to encourage them to cast their ballots for the good of Israel.

Laurence Gavron
 

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

News & ViewsMedia

Laurence Gavron was born in France to a Jewish family. She's lived in Dakar, Senegal, for the past ten years, where she is a film director and a writer. And she's running for parliament, a white, Jewish woman in a black, African country. “If all the people who have said they will vote for me really do vote for me, then I shall certainly be elected," she said. We urge our readers in Senegal to get out early to vote this Sunday.

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Chief Justice John Roberts
 

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Democrat-appointed justices to rule 5-4 that Congress has the power to impose the healthcare mandate under its power to levy taxes.

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Charles Barron
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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It looks like someone went up to Charles Barron and slapped him. The former member of the City Council and the Black Panther party was handily defeated by Hakeem Jeffries for the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District. The new district is mainly African-American, with a significant percentage of Russian Jews and Hispanics. Jeffries won in a landslide with more than half the precincts reporting, taking 75 percent of the vote.

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Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki
 

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki, who came second in Egypt's presidential runoff election last week, is reported to have boarded a flight to Abu Dhabi fleeing several corruption complaints.

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Candidate Romney fundraising in earnest on the campaign trail.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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About 50 of the 700 donors who attended the retreat this weekend in Park City were Jewish. Romney dropped in on the session, and said he had just been briefed by the Israeli ambassador. But the Romney campaign supports the same two-state solution as does Obama.

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"Sack and Ashes" assembly against the decree of military and national service.
 

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

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The assembly of at least 2000 began by saying Slichot, led by Rabbi Yaakov Chanun, who is the baal tefilah at the Munkatch beit Midrash on the Yamim Noraim. The assembled repeated chapters of Tehilim, verse by verse, and sat down on the ground in mourning just as Jews do on the day of Tisha B'Av.

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Former Justice Edmond Levy's committee report declares Israel's legal right to own Judea and Samaria.
 

Posted on: June 24th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

Judea and Samaria are not under occupation rule. This is the central finding of the "Outposts Committee" which was appointed to examine the legal status of Israel in Judea and Samaria.

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Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz.
 

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012

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Mofaz, the Kadima leader who is in Washington this week for his first round of meetings since joining his party to the government, had a surprise meeting Thursday with the U.S. president when Obama interrupted a scheduled meeting with Tom Donilon, the national security adviser.

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