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Holocaust Scholars Urge Aid for Africans in Israel

By Haaretz

A new initiative, supported by prominent Holocaust and genocide scholars, calls on the international community to share responsibility for resolving the African refugee crisis in Israel, insisting that Israel should not be expected to carry the burden alone.Read More


Santa and His Helpers Must Pay Ukraine Tax

Cash-strapped Ukraine on Wednesday reminded entertainers making money by posing as Did Moroz - the local version of Santa Claus - and his helpers to pay income tax.Read More


Right-Wingers Scuffle With Arabs Over Vote Hearing

By JTA

A violent scuffle broke out between right-wing Israeli activists and supporters of Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi following a Supreme Court hearing on her disqualification from upcoming elections.Read More


George H.W. Bush in Intensive Care

By Reuters

Former President George H.W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, is in intensive care at a Houston hospital in “guarded condition,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.Read More


Brian Schatz, Hawaii’s Jewish Lt. Gov., Named to U.S. Senate

By JTA

Hawaii’s governor named his Jewish lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, to replace the late Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate.Read More


'PM: Livni Won’t Be Involved in Peace Talks in My Next Government'

By Haaretz

Not only will Tzipi Livni not get the foreign affairs portfolio in the next Likud-led government, she won’t be allowed anywhere near the diplomatic realm or be involved in talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers on Wednesday.Read More


Bibi and Jordan's King Meet To Discuss Syria's Chemical Arms

By Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.Read More


Israel Eases Gaza Blockade

By JTA

Israel is easing its blockade on Gaza, the Defense Ministry confirmed to local media.Read More


Natalie Portman Offers Most Bang for Buck

By Reuters

Actresses Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart are Hollywood’s most bankable stars and provide studios with the highest average returns for their films, according to Forbes.com.Read More


Perelman Beats Rennert in Billionaires' Battle

By Reuters

Ronald Perelman has notched a legal victory against fellow billionaire Ira Rennert, who has been ordered by a Delaware court to direct his business to turn over $48.7 million in a dispute over a jointly owned truck maker.Read More





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