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French Teens Burn Prayer Books at Jewish Cemetery

By JTA

French police reportedly have arrested two teenagers on suspicion that they burned prayer books at a Jewish cemetery near Lyon in eastern France.Read More


Ready for War, Israel Still Pushes for Peace

By Reuters

Israel is ready for a ground invasion in Gaza but says it prefers a diplomatic solution. Egypt also claimed a deal to end the fighting could be near.Read More


Israel Repels 44M Cyber Attacks on Web Site

By JTA

Israel has repelled some 44 million cyber attacks on government websites since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, a government minister said.Read More


Iran: West Must Be Flexible in Nuke Talks

By Reuters

Iran is ready for new talks with global powers on its nuclear programme but the United States and others seeking to rein in its uranium enrichment activities need to be more constructive, Tehran’s ambassador to Russia said on Monday.Read More


Brooklyn Jews Gunned Down by Same Killer

By Michael Kaminer

New York police have released a security video of a potential suspect or witness in the killings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers, two of whom were Jews.Read More


Michael Applebaum Is First Jewish Montreal Mayor

By JTA

Michael Applebaum, 49, won a City Council vote to serve as interim mayor for a year, with a promise not to run in the next municipal election, which is slated for November 2013.Read More


Rabbi Sacks: Gaza War 'Got To Do With Iran'

By JTA

The BBC issued an apology to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks after a presenter asked him about the Gaza operation while he thought he was off the air.Read More


Gaza Journalists Wounded by Israeli Attack

By Reuters

Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state.Read More


Obama Says 'Preferable' To Avoid Gaza Ground War

By Reuters

President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday that Israel had a right to defend itself but said it would be “preferable” to avoid an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza.Read More


Two More Rockets Shot Down Above Tel Aviv

By Reuters

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at Tel Aviv on Sunday which were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air shield, witnesses and police said.Read More





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  • “This is a dangerous region, even for people who don’t live there and say, merely express the mildest of concern about the humanitarian tragedy of civilians who have nothing to do with the warring factions, only to catch a rash of *** (bleeped) from everyone who went to your bar mitzvah! Statute of limitations! Look, a $50 savings bond does not buy you a lifetime of criticism.”
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  • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
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  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
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