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Could Ecuador Win Freedom for Alan Gross?

By JTA

Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross.Read More


Wheaton College Hit by Anti-Semitic Graffiti

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Anti-Semitic graffiti was found written on the back door of a Jewish residence on the campus of Wheaton College.Read More


Reports of Obama-Wiesel Book Deal Shot Down

By Forward Staff

Don’t be rushing to your local bookstore or fumbling with your Kindle to download the new book that Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel was said to have been writing along with his buddy President Barack Obama.Read More


4,000 Chabad Leaders Gather for Conference

By JTA

Some 4,000 Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and communal leaders from more than 75 countries gathered in New York for their 29th international conference.Read More


50% of Jewish Groups Have Gay-Friendly Policy

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A new survey of Jewish communal organizations found that 50 percent of them have taken significant steps to welcome gays and lesbians and their families.Read More


Israel's Next War? Could Be Gaza, Not Iran or Syria

By Reuters

If Israel goes to war with any of its neighbours before this year ends it will be with Gaza not Syria, despite appearances.Read More


Israel Scores 'Direct Hit' on Syrian Mortars

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Israel’s army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored “direct hits” in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.Read More


Etan Patz Case Remains Flimsy, Cops Say

By Forward Staff

The case against the New Jersey man who confessed to killing little Etan Patz is “flimsy,” and police reportedly say there is little or no hard evidence linking him to the notorious crime.Read More


Toulouse Killer Raised To Be Anti-Semitic: Brother

By JTA

Abdelghani Merah has written in a book that his brother, Mohamed, was raised to be an anti-Semite long before he killed four Jews in Toulouse.Read More


Neo-Nazis Behind Attack on 'Stumbling Blocks' Site

By JTA

Neo-Nazis are behind the destruction of 11 “stumbling block” Holocaust memorials, say police in the German city of Greifswald.Read More





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