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By Haaretz/Yossi Verter

The antiquated election-campaign commercials, from which it’s impossible to escape, started airing this week. They ran the gamut from boring, to pretentious and stereotypical - to outright racist. The latter ad came from the new Shas, which Aryeh Deri promised would serve as a bridge between all parts of the nation under his leadership. The clip that offered a stereotyped, if not repulsive, depiction of a Russian bride stirred a furor and was removed. But Shas got what it wanted: People talked about it. Yisrael Beiteinu might also be able to glean a few voters whose honor was impugned by the same ad.Read More


Justin Bieber Sued for ‘Assaulting’ Israeli Bodyguard

By JTA

The Israeli former bodyguard of teen idol Justin Bieber reportedly sued the pop star for assault.Read More


Palestinians Pitch Tents on Land Planned for Settlements

By Reuters

Palestinians from villages in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem pitched tents on Friday on land Israel has earmarked for a new urban settlement, looking to preserve the area for an independent Palestinian state.Read More


Chuck Hagel Talks About Israel and Iran

By Reuters

Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s pick to become the next U.S. defense secretary, has begun calling critics in the Senate in an attempt to clarify his views about how to deal with Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas before his upcoming nomination hearing.Read More


Judge Rules Circumcision Consent Law Is Legal

By Reuters/Seth Berkman

A Manhattan federal judge refused to block a New York City regulation requiring people who perform circumcisions and use their mouths to draw away blood from the wound on a baby’s penis to first obtain written consent from the parents.Read More


Barack to Jack: Work on Your Handwriting, Dude!

By Reuters

President Obama joked that he considered taking back his offer to make Jack Lew his next treasury secretary after seeing his loopy, illegible signature.Read More


Orthodox Parents Won't Take Girl Off Life Support

By JTA

The Orthodox Jewish parents of a Florida Jewish teen on life support have filed a motion in court to prevent the hospital from removing life-sustaining machines.Read More


'Low-Key Guy' Jack Lew Gets Nod at Treasury

By Reuters

President Obama described Jacob Lew as ‘a low-key guy who prefers to surround himself with policy experts rather than television cameras.’Read More


Shas Pulls 'What You're Not Jewish?' Ad Geared at Russian Immigrants

By Reuters

Complaints by Russian-speaking immigrants prompted an ultra-Orthodox party in Israel to pull a TV commercial plugging their election campaign which shows a man recoiling in horror at discovering his bride is not Jewish.Read More


2 Israeli Films Put Up for Documentary Oscar

By JTA

Two Israeli films are among the five nominated for best documentary for the Academy Awards.Read More





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