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Wounded Gabby Giffords Aide Wins Seat in Squeaker

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Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded alongside her in a deadly 2011 shooting, claimed victory on Saturday after edging Republican Martha McSally to win a full term in Congress.Read More


Narrow Miss for Tel Aviv as Rocket Nailed in Air

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Israel rushed a fifth Iron Dome air defence battery into service in the Tel Aviv area on Saturday, using it within hours to shoot down a rocket fired at the coastal metropolis from the Gaza Strip.Read More


Iron Dome Intercepts Tel Aviv Rocket

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Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said.Read More


War Looms as Israel Endures More Rockets

Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister’s office, after Israel’s cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion.Read More


Alan Gross Sues U.S. for $60M

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A U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba after being convicted of crimes against the state sued the U.S. government and the company that hired him for $60 million on Friday, blaming them for his imprisonment and not warning him about the risks he faced in the communist-run island.Read More


Iran Poised To Hike Nuclear Capacity: U.N.

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Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. report said, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran’s nuclear course.Read More


U. Cal. Officials Reject Israel Divestment Bill

By JTA

University of California at Irvine campus administrators have rejected a resolution by the undergraduate student council calling for divestment from companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.”Read More


Harvard Elbows Out Non-Jews at Kosher Dining Hall

By JTA

Harvard University Dining Services has moved to curb the number of non-Jewish students at Harvard Hillel who eat at the kosher dining hall.Read More


Israel Readies for War as Rocket Misses Jerusalem

By Reuters

Israeli reservists prepared for war as the nation mourned victims of Gaza rockets and Benjamin Netanyahu warned of fierce retaliation for strikes at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.Read More


Thousands of Egyptians Protest Israeli Strikes

By Reuters

Thousands gathered in Egyptian cities on Friday to protest against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as Egypt’s president vowed to support the enclave’s people in the face of “blatant aggression”.Read More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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