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Arrest Warrants Cause IDF Officers To Cancel U.K. Trip

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Britain’s attorney general said Tuesday that she was aware of the urgent need to address the slew of arrest warrants being issued in her country against Israeli officials over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip.Read More


Does Israel Train Dogs To Pounce Upon Hearing 'Allah Hu Akbar'?

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

The Israel Defense Forces has denied allegations that it trains its canines to attack anybody heard saying Allah Hu Akbar, Arabic for ‘God is great.’Read More


After Pius Move, Vatican Walks a Tightrope on Jewish-Catholic Relations

By Ruth Ellen Gruber (JTA)

For at least the third time in his papacy, Pope Benedict’s XVI is doing the Jewish dance that takes him one step back, one step forward.Read More


Small London Museum Purchases Holocaust-Era Chagall

By JTA

The London Museum of Art secretly purchased a rare Marc Chagall painting at a Paris auction.Read More


Kahane Grandson, Son of Terror Victims, Arrested for Mosque Bombing

By JTA

A teen whose parents and grandparents were killed in terror attacks has been arrested in connection with the torching of a West Bank mosque.Read More


Rabbi Shmuley Mulls Run for Public Office

By JTA

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he is considering a run for public office after local officials failed to prevent a Libyan ambassador from moving in next door to him.Read More


Jewish Groups Angling for Fixes to Health Care Bill

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

For months, Jewish groups have been at the forefront of lobbying the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for health care reform, framing their support within the Talmudic mandate of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. The National Jewish Democratic Council even earned a special thank you from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) when the bill finally passed the Senate on Dec. 24.Read More


Federal Judge Closes Kosher Poultry Slaughterhouse

By JTA

A kosher poultry slaughterhouse has been shut down due to unsanitary conditions.Read More


Adelson's Israeli Newspaper at Center of Political Battle

By Leslie Susser (JTA)

Should a billionaire tycoon who lives abroad be entitled to use his money to influence Israeli political life?Read More


Kadima Rejects Bibi's Offer To Join Government

By Jonathan Lis and Mazal Mualem (Haaretz)

The Kadima Knesset faction announced on Monday that it was rejecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer for the party to join the government.Read More





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