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Chuck Hagel Will Get Senate Vote by Friday

By Reuters

Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.Read More


Israel Pulls Back Curtain on Prisoner X Spy Mystery

By Reuters

Israel broke its official silence on Wednesday over the reported suicide in jail of an Australian immigrant recruited to its spy service Mossad, giving limited details on a closely guarded case.Read More


Jack Lew Wins Over Treasury Critics With Tax Reform Call

By Reuters

President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary said on Wednesday that revamping the tax code is “at the very top” of his priorities, and he offered some olive branches to Republicans to get there.Read More


Brooklyn College To Probe Claims Jews Were Kicked Out of Boycott Israel Panel

By JTA

Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.Read More


House Approves Aid to Sandy-Hit Synagogues

By Seth Berkman

The House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow synagogues and houses of worship to be eligible for federal disaster relief. H.R. 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, passed 354-72, and will now move on to the Senate.Read More


John Galliano Dresses as Ultra-Orthodox Jew in New York Fashion Week

By JTA

John Galliano, the former Christian Dior fashion head who was fired after making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe, dressed as a Chasidic Jew at New York Fashion Week.Read More


Anti-Arab Jewish Soccer Fans Charged in Attack on Israeli Club Offices

By JTA

Some members of the Beitar Jerusalem’s nationalist and extremist fan club were arrested in connection with the arson attack on the soccer team’s office and trophy room.Read More


David Hartman Was Man of Passion for Jewish Modernity and Israel

By Eugene Korn (JTA)

Like his biblical namesake, David Hartman was a man of enormous and irresistible passions — for Israel, for the Jewish people for human dignity and for modernity.Read More


Egypt Floods Gaza Tunnels in Bid To End Smuggling

By Reuters

Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.Read More


Israel Stuggles to Keep Lid on Prisoner X Scandal

By Reuters

The mysterious death of an Australian prisoner in Israel has put the spotlight on a military-run censorship system that is finding it harder to black out secret information often only a mouse click away on the Internet.Read More


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