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Warren Weinstein Asks Bibi To Win Release

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Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help free him from his al-Qaida captors.Read More


Netanyahu Says He Had 'Good' Chat With Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his one-hour, late-night phone call with President Obama was “a good conversation.”Read More


New Yorker Editor Blasts Netanyahu

By Haaretz

New Yorker magazine editor and Pulitzer-Prize winning author David Remnick accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday of endangering Israel, interfering in U.S. elections and aligning with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a “neocon strategy” against U.S. President Obama.Read More


Anti-Islam Film Sparks More Angry Protests

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Protests continued outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Yemen over an anti-Muslim film.Read More


N.Y. Board Orders Forms for Circumcision Rite

By Seth Berkman

The New York City board of health voted unanimously to require parents to sign a consent form for metzizah b’peh. A handful of protesters denounced the decision.Read More


Cesare Colafemmina, Italian Jewry Expert, Dies

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Italian scholar Cesare Colafemmina, an internationally known pioneer in the study of Jewish history and culture in southern Italy, has died.Read More


Alan Gross In 'Normal' Health, Cuba Says

By Reuters

Cuba said on Wednesday that jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross is in “normal” health, despite his wife’s claims to the contrary, as it reiterated its willingness to talk with the U.S. government about resolving the case.Read More


Jews Condemn Anti-Muslim Video and Violence

By JTA

A top Reform rabbi appeared with Libya’s U.S. ambassador and Muslim and Christian leaders condemning the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, along with the anti-Muslim film that allegedly incited the violence.Read More


Israel Hands Military Land to Jewish Settlers

By Haaretz

The Israel government is working to enable new construction and has retroactively approved existing construction on private Palestinian land in more than 40 settlements, based on old expropriation orders that were issued for military purposes.Read More


Barbara Boxer Hits Out at Netanyahu

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Barbara Boxer, a top Jewish U.S. senator and the sponsor of major pro-Israel legislation, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lashing out at President Obama on Iran.Read More





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