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Report: Mel Gibson Wants Antisemitic Rant Off His Record

By Haaretz Service

Actor-director Mel Gibson, who enraged Jews around the world in 2006 when he launched into an anti-Semitic tirade after stopped by police for driving under the influence, reportedly plans to ask the court to expunge the DUI from his record.Read More

U.S. to Iran: Prove That You're Not Developing Nukes

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Iran said on Tuesday it would not discuss a previously secret nuclear plant at international talks this week, but Washington vowed to bring it up and demanded Tehran prove it is not developing an atomic weapon.Read More

Outgoing Brandeis President Has Strengthened School's Jewish Identity

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

Jehuda Reinharz took many by surprise last week when he abruptly announced that he would be stepping down as president of Brandeis University at the end of this academic year.Read More

Israeli Rabbinate Okays Bill Equating Brain Death With End of Life

By Yair Ettinger and Dan Even (Haaretz)

Rabbinical figures around the world were astonished by the Chief Rabbinate Council’s decision Tuesday, which stated that a Knesset bill equating brain death with the end of life “is in line with halakha [Jewish law].”The bill would allow organs to be taken from a deceased person before his heart has stopped beating — an essential condition for removing vital organs such as the heart, lungs and liver for transplant.Read More

Columnist William Safire, Former Nixon Speechwriter, Dies at 79

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

William Safire, the conservative speechwriter turned columnist who made an art of at once embracing and poking the Washington establishment, died at 79.Read More

Before Talks With U.S., Iran Tests Missiles That Could Reach Israel

By Yossi Melman (Haaretz)

Two days before the opening of talks between Iranian and U.S. officials, the Islamic Republic went ahead with a test launch of long-range missiles capable of reaching Israel.Read More

Date Set for Olmert's Trial on Corruption Charges


Ehud Olmert’s trial on corruption charges is set to begin on Feb. 22, 2010.Read More

Brandeis President Will Step Down, Lead Jewish Nonprofit


The president of Brandeis University said he will be resigning to head a major Jewish nonprofit.Read More

New Revelations Bring Iran's Nuclear Threat to Forefront

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

With Iran, it always comes back to the nuclear issue.Read More

Katie Couric Confronts Ahmadinejad With Holocaust Photos

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Hours before addressing the United Nations on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an exclusive interview to CBS’s Katie Couric. During the course of the interview, the CBS anchorwoman accused the Iranian leader of denying the Holocaust, and showing him photographs of dead bodies of Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.Read More

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