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Circumcision Ban Seen as Threat to Jewish Life

By JTA

Richard Prasquier, the French Jewish leader, said that banning circumcision in Europe “would inevitably mean the end of Judaism” there.Read More


Spanish-Speaking Jews Discuss Political Shifts

By JTA

Representatives of Jewish communities in Spanish-speaking countries are meeting this weekend in Miami to discuss the effects of recent political shifts on Jewish life in the Americas and Iberia.Read More


U.S. Pledges More Funding for Iron Dome

By JTA

The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war.Read More


Poland Tries to Calm Dispute Over Kosher Animal Slaughter

By Reuters

Poland is to draft new laws so that it does not have to stop slaughterhouses from producing kosher meat, a prospect that has angered the Jewish community in the country where Nazi Germany massacred millions of Jews during World War Two.Read More


Tennis Referee Cleared in Hubby's Coffee Mug Slay

By Reuters

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed murder charges against a 70-year-old professional tennis official accused of killing her husband, granting a request of prosecutors who said they were unable to proceed with the case.Read More


White House: Israeli Settlement Plan Is 'Counterproductive'

The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.Read More


4 Men at Sex Abuse Trial Arrested for Taking Photos

By JTA

Four spectators at the trial of an ultra-Orthodox man accused of sexual abuse were arrested for taking photos of the accuser during her testimony.Read More


Strauss-Kahn Agrees To Pay Maid $6M

By Reuters

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary agreement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year to settle a civil lawsuit she brought against him, sources familiar with the case said.Read More


Israel Will Expand Settlements Over UN Palestine Vote

By Reuters

Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a U.N. vote implicitly recognising Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported on Friday.Read More


After U.N Vote, Complications Arise in D.C.

By Nathan Guttman

The cheering delegates clapping at the United Nations General Assembly hall, the Palestinian flag pulled out and waved and that unusual smile on the face of Mahmoud Abbas, provided the Palestinian Authority with its long awaited and ever so rare moment of victory.Read More


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