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PA Arrests Two in Connection With W. Bank Attack

By Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz)

The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday night that they have arrested two Hamas operatives in connection with the recent West Bank shooting attack that injured two Israelis.Read More


Abbas Says He Will Not Compromise on Borders and Status of Jerusalem

By JTA

Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.Read More


Obama Rosh Hashanah Message: Seize Opportunity for Middle East Peace

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz Service)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday night issued his annual Rosh Hashanah greeting, urging Israelis and Palestinians to seize the opportunity for peace as Jews across the world prepare to mark the new year.Read More


Netanyahu's New Year's Greeting: Peace Talks May Not Succeed

By Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation Tuesday in a New Year’s greeting that there was no guarantee negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would succeed, but vowed to aim for a peace agreement by the end of the year.Read More


Conversions Performed by IDF Called Invalid

By JTA

Possibly thousands of conversions to Judaism of Israeli soldiers performed by the military rabbinate are not valid, a state attorney said.Read More


Following Facebook Competition, 12 Day Schools Will Get $500,000

By JTA

Twelve U.S. Jewish day schools finished in the top 20 of a competition on Facebook and each will receive $500,000.Read More


Cynthia Nixon, Mandy Patinkin Among Artists Backing Boycott of West Bank Theater

By Chaim Levinson (Haaretz)

More than 150 American actors, writers, directors and other artists signed a letter of support for the Israeli actors who declared they would not perform in the West Bank.Read More


Four Members of Orthodox Patrol Unit Shot in Brooklyn

By JTA

Four members of an Orthodox volunteer patrol were shot Thursday night in Brooklyn.Read More


EU Trade Chief Apologizes for 'Irrational Jews' Comment

By JTA

The European Union’s trade chief apologized for saying that rational discussion about Israel was impossible with Jews and that the Jewish lobby is the most influential in Washington.Read More


New Book: Nazi-Hunting Wiesenthal Was Mossad Agent

By Dalia Karpel (Haaretz)

Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals, was seen all his life as a one-man organization. But now, documents from his estate show he was a Mossad agent.Read More





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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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