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Orthodox Sue Over Circumcision Rite Forms

By Seth Berkman

A coalition of New York City ultra-Orthodox organizations have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new requirement by the city’s Board of Health that an informed consent form be signed before performing metzitzah b’peh, direct oral-genital suction, after circumcision.Read More


Emory U. Apologizes for Dental School Bigotry

By JTA

Emory University issued a formal apology to Jewish dental students who attended the school between 1948 and 1961 and faced anti-Semitism.Read More


N.Y. Gives Voter Help in Spanish, Not Yiddish

By Seth Berkman

Spanish-speaking voters in Rockland and Ulster counties in New York will receive assistance at the polls this November to ensure an easy process for casting their ballots. Similar concessions, however, have not been made for the large Yiddish-speaking population of Hasidic Jews in the upstate counties.Read More


Israel Elections Set for Jan. 22

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that national elections will be held on Jan. 22.Read More


French Politician Accuses Muslims Over Croissants

By Reuters

A right-wing politician vying to head France’s opposition conservative party has raised a storm by suggesting Muslim youths tear pain au chocolat pastries from children’s hands during Islam’s fasting month.Read More


Netanyahu Blames Hezbollah for Drone Incursion

By Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday a drone aircraft, which flew some 35 miles (55 km) into Israel before being shot down last weekend, was sent by Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.Read More


ADL Boycotts Interfaith Meeting Over Israel Letter

By JTA

The Anti-Defamation League withdrew from participating in a national Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue after church leaders asked Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel.Read More


Jewish Agency Hit by Hate on Facebook

By JTA

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Facebook page was inundated with hundreds of explicitly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic messages.Read More


Billionaire Defends Anti-Obama Memo to Workers

By Reuters

A Florida billionaire has told his employees he could be forced to lay off some of them if U.S. President Barack Obama wins a second term, calling his administration a threat to their jobs.Read More


Germany Battles New Look Neo-Nazis

By Reuters

Germany’s neo-Nazis are hanging up their bomber jackets, unlacing their black leather boots and even grabbing a bite to eat at their local Turkish kebab shop.Read More





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