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John Kerry Struggles To Contain Damage From Israeli Settlement Building

By Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry sought on Tuesday to prevent the fracturing of his Middle East peace initiative, which faces its greatest threat to date from a series of Israeli announcements of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.Read More

Aaron Swartz Was Probed by Secret Service

By Anne Cohen

The U.S. Secret Service has released the first 104 [pages of documents]( about coder and activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in November, less than three months before his impending trial.Read More

Shul vs. Shul Battle Over $7.4M Torah Bells Heads to Court


Touro Synagogue and Congregation Shearith Israel are going forward with dueling lawsuits over a set of Torah scroll decorations.Read More

El Al Flight Turns Back for 11-Year-Old Cancer Kid

By Marissa Newman (Haaretz)

A New York-bound El Al flight returned to the terminal gate after its official departure to collect an 11-year-old girl who had been removed from the airplane after she mislaid her passport.Read More

William Rapfogel Pocketed 6-Figure Kickbacks, Report Says


William Rapfogel allegedly inflated insurance bills at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty he once led to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars of overcharges for himself. The scheme was revealed Tuesday in the New York Daily News, which based its report on an anonymous source.Read More

Israeli Family That Fought Ultra-Orthodox Radicals Forced To Leave Beit Shemesh

By Ben Sales

The Margoleses made headlines when 8-year-old Na’ama refused to back down from ultra-Orthodox men. They have left the town of Beit Shemesh — but not for the reasons you might think.Read More

Zanzibar Acid-Attack Teen Leaves British Hospital


One of the two British teenagers injured in an acid attack in the African island of Zanzibar was released from the hospital.Read More

Women of Wall Plan Selichot High Holy Days Services at Kotel

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

The women’s prayer group has announced that it will hold a special Selichot service at the Western Wall on Sept. 1. Selichot are the penitential prayers and liturgy recited each night starting in the Jewish month of Elul and up until the High Holy Days.Read More

Peace Talks Resume Under Cloud of New Settlements

By Reuters

A 10-minute drive from where negotiators will sit down on Wednesday to resume long-stalled Middle East peace talks, Israeli bulldozers are busy reshaping land that Palestinians want for their future state.Read More

Prisoner Release Gets Green Light From Israel Court

By Reuters

Israel’s plans to free 26 Palestinian prisoners to help underpin renewed peace talks remained on track on Tuesday after its High Court rejected an appeal against their release.Read More

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