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White House Slams Plan for More Settlements

By JTA

The Obama administration “does not accept the legitimacy” of announced plans for up to 851 new housing units for West Bank settlements.Read More


Stop Controversial Circumcision Rite: Official

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The New York City Health Commissioner has issued a strongly worded statement calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite.Read More


Jewish Day School Pitcher Drafted by Nationals

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The Washington Nationals drafted a 2012 graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland in the Major League Baseball draft.Read More


Walters Helps Assad Aide Get Into Columbia: Report

By Forward Staff

Barbara Walters reportedly helped a Syrian press aide who arranged her exclusive interview with dictator Bashar al-Assad win admission to Columbia University’s prestigious School of International and Public Affairs.Read More


Israel Hopes To 'Legalize' 13 Illegal Outposts

By Haaretz

The government has announced that it plans to legalize 13 of the 18 settlement outposts against which petitions to the High Court of Justice have been filed.Read More


Israel Can Deport South Sudanese: Court

By Haaretz

The Jerusalem’s District Court ruled on Thursday that Israel could deport South Sudanese nationals back to their county, thus rejecting an appeal by migrant worker NGOs against a decision by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to halt Israel’s collective defense of citizens form the war-torn country.Read More


Australian Activists Protest Israel Independence

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A crowd of angry pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Melbourne marred the annual celebration of Israel’s independence.Read More


Jewish Family Identified in Arizona Murder-Suicide

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Police have identified a Jewish family from Tempe, Ariz., the Butwins, as the subjects of a suspected murder-suicide.Read More


Deal in Holland Allows Kosher Slaughter

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Dutch Agriculture Minister Hans Bleker signed an agreement with Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and slaughterhouses that will prevent a ban on ritual slaughter.Read More


French Men Charged in Anti-Semitic Attack

By JTA

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an attack on three Jewish teens in Lyon in southeastern France.Read More





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