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Chicago Congregants Walk Out of Services at Bachmann’s Mention

By JTA

Congregants at a Chicago synagogue walked out of Yom Kippur services when the rabbi acknowledged the presence of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.Read More


Jean-Marie Le Pen: B’nai B’rith Brokered ‘Pact’ to Isolate My Party

By JTA

The French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said that B’nai B’rith had signed a “pact” with other politicians to keep him out of the government.Read More


Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran

By Reuters

Cyber attackers have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, disrupting the Internet across the country, a state official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.Read More


MLB Player Adam Greenberg Strikes Out Again

By JTA

Adam Greenberg, a baseball player who was hit in the head by a pitch during his first major league at-bat for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, struck out in his second ever appearance in the major leagues.Read More


Human Rights Watch: Hamas Abusing Palestinians in Gaza

By Haaretz

Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday which revealed that Hamas’ security forces in Gaza are committing severe abuses, including torture of detainees, arrests without warrants, forced confessions, unfair trials and mock executions.Read More


Museum Housing Sarajevo Haggadah To Close

By JTA

The museum where the priceless, centuries-old Sarajevo Haggadah is kept is set to close its doors due to lack of funds.Read More


Report: Iranian Fears of Israeli Attack Led to Military Mishaps

By JTA

Iranian fears of an Israeli airstrike on its nuclear facilities led its military to mistakenly fire on civilian airplanes and its own military aircraft, the New York Times reported.Read More


Albert Einstein's 'God Letter' to be Auctioned Online

By Reuters

A letter handwritten by physicist Albert Einstein a year before his death, expressing his views on religion, will be sold on eBay this month with an opening bid of $3 million, an auction agency said on Tuesday.Read More


UN Blames Israel for Effects of West Bank Movement Restrictions

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a special report this week, which claimed that movement restrictions in the West Bank were applied four years after the start of the second Intifada, despite significant improvements in West Bank security.Read More


No Buyers for Goebbels' Love Letters

By JTA

Love letters and other writings by Nazi propaganda head Joseph Goebbels did not sell at a much-touted auction.Read More





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