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End Circumcision, Norway Official Suggests

By JTA

Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslim replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual.Read More


Sprinter Steven Solomon Makes 400 Finals

By JTA

Australian sprinter Steven Solomon qualified for the Olympic finals in the 400 meters.Read More


Barak Calls Sinai Attack 'Wake-Up Call'

By JTA

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called a major attack by Sinai terrorists a “wake up call” for Egypt.Read More


Natalie Portman's Jewish Wedding

By Forward Staff

Natalie Portman got married on Saturday night to her fiancé of two years, French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, in a small Jewish ceremony in the California resort town of Big Sur, People magazine reported.Read More


Palestinians Forced To Scrap Diplomatic Event

By Haaretz

A meeting in Ramallah between Palestinian leaders and ministers representing states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled, as Israel denied entry to some of the foreign diplomats that were set to participate.Read More


Sinai Militants Try To Attack Israel

By Haaretz

Armed militants from the Sinai peninsula attacked an Egyptian military outpost, and tried to infiltrate the border with Israel on Sunday, the IDF spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

The spokesman said that at 8 P.M. on Sunday evening, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, who was at the Amitai base in southern Israel, heard shooting from the area near the Kerem Shalom border crossing, on Philadelphi Road, on the border between Israel and Gaza.

“After the fact, we learned that a group from the Sinai took control of an Egyptian military post, killed between 10 and 15 Egyptians, and stole two armored vehicles called Fahds. At 8:05 P.M., one of the vehicles exploded at the Kerem Shalom crossing, and another breached the border fence and entered Israeli territory. A few moments later, we hit the vehicle from the air.”

At this point, the IDF still does not know if the first armored vehicle contained explosives or not. First reports of the situation indicate that there were no IDF casualties, and there was no attempt to kidnap Israelis or IDF soldiers.Read More


Romney Ad Vows Better Ties With Israel

By Haaretz

The Romney campaign, which until now pretty much outsourced attacks against Obama’s Israel policy to the Republican Jewish Coalition, is now taking full advantage of this, with a new campaign ad titled “Cherished relationship.”Read More


Israel Hit by Dozens of Rockets From Gaza

By Haaretz

Dozens of rockets and mortar shells exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Sunday evening.Read More


Raoul Wallenberg's 100th Birthday Celebrated

By JTA

Sweden marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis.Read More


Orthodox Rabbi Dies Using Sea as Mikveh

By JTA

A haredi Orthodox rabbi from London died while ritually immersing himself in the sea while on vacation in Wales.Read More





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