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In Europe, Growing Number of Jewish Communal Leaders Are Women

By Toby Axelrod (JTA)

Hanna Lorer, 80, a leading member of this small Jewish community in the Balkans, had never met a female rabbi or cantor until this summer.Read More


Rights Group Report: Hamas Committed War Crimes

By JTA

Rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel’s South amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.Read More


Lieberman Says He’d Do It All ‘Exactly The Same’

By Haaretz

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to an announcement by police that they would recommend an indictment against him by saying if he could go back, he would do everything exactly the same.Read More


Hebrew Anti-Gay Facebook Page Co-opted, Turned Into Pro-Gay Forum

By Benjamin L. Hartman (Haaretz)

A user on social networking site Facebook managed on Wednesday to hack into an anti-gay group on the popular site, and change it into a pro-gay forum complete with homoerotic photos and videos.Read More


Barak: U.S. To Unveil New Peace Initiative

By JTA

President Obama will soon unveil a new Middle East peace initiative, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.Read More


Amos Kenan, Israeli Writer and Artist, Dies at 82

By JTA

Amos Kenan, the Israeli artist and writer who scandalized his countrymen with his iconoclasm, has died at 82.Read More


Hamas Split Is Focus of Fatah Conference

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

Silver-haired Fatah Party members in dark, pinstriped suits draped with kaffiyeh scarves bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag greeted each other with kisses as they converged in Bethlehem for the movement’s first congress in 20 years.Read More


Victims of Tel Aviv Shooting Mourned in Washington

By JTA

An Orthodox rabbi spoke out against anti-gay rhetoric in the Orthodox community at a Washington vigil mourning two Jews slain at a gay center in Tel Aviv.Read More


U.S. Summons Oren Over 'Unacceptable' East Jerusalem Evictions

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Washington issued another diplomatic protest over Israeli conduct in East Jerusalem on Monday, its second in as many weeks. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman summoned Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, to tell him that the United States views Sunday’s eviction of two Palestinian families from homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood as a “provocative” and “unacceptable” act that violates Israel’s obligations under the road map peace plan.Read More


Mayor Bloomberg Skirted Law To Fund Jewish Groups

By JTA

The mayor of New York City violated government contracting rules in funneling money to two Jewish groups, The New York Times reported.Read More


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