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West Bank Settlements Matched Tel Aviv for Home Building, Despite Smaller Population Rise

By Arik Mirovsky/Haaretz

Housing construction in the West Bank matched the number of units built in Tel Aviv between 1996 and 2008 while its population grew at just half the rate of Tel Aviv’s, according to a study carried out for the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning.Read More

Hamas Urges U.N. to Resume Work in Gaza as Unrest Rises

By Reuters

Islamist group Hamas on Friday urged a United Nations agency to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip, accusing the world body of over-reacting by shutting down after its headquarters was stormed by demonstrators.Read More

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Oscar Winner, Dies at 85

By Reuters

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, author of “Heat and Dust” and many other books set in India, died on Wednesday at the age of 85, her Los Angeles agent said.Read More

French Chief Rabbi Gilles Berhnheim Admits Lifting Passages for Book

By Anne Cohen

Gilles Bernheim, The Chief Rabbi of France has admitted that he plagiarized parts of his book, “Forty Jewish Meditations. “Read More

Sheldon Adelson Causes Ruckus in $328M Suit Over Macau Casino

By Reuters

Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said on Thursday a Hong Kong businessman claiming in a lawsuit that he is owed $328 million didn’t help the gaming company get permission from the Macau government to operate a casino there.Read More

Jon Corzine Slammed in Report on Collapse of MF Global

By Reuters

The “negligent conduct” of Jon Corzine and other officers of the MF Global Holdings Ltd brokerage contributed to the firm’s dramatic collapse in 2011, according to a report by the bankruptcy trustee.Read More

Natan Sharansky Vows Women Won't Be Charged for Kaddish at Western Wall

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky met Thursday with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, chairman of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, to express his shock at a letter sent by police warning that women would be arrested for reciting the Kaddish mourner’s prayer at the Western Wall.Read More

Brooklyn Dentist Gets 3 Years in Prison for Homeless Medicaid Scam

By Anne Cohen

A Brooklyn dentist was sentenced to one to 3 years in prison for using bogus homeless “patients” to defraud Medicaid.Read More

Masha Girshin Tapped To Lead The Blue Card

By Seth Berkman

[The Blue Card](], a non-profit that aids impoverished Holocaust survivors in need of financial and medical aid, has hired Masha Girshin as its new executive director.Read More

Stav Shaffir, Youngest Israeli Knesset Member, Has Net Worth of $20K

By Zvi Zrahiya (Haaretz)

MK Stav Shaffir, the Knesset’s youngest member and one of the leaders of the 2011 social-justice protests, has a net worth of approximately NIS 75,000 ($20,650).Read More

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