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Mediterranean Earthquake Rattles Israel

By Haaretz

An earthquake in Rhodes measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale was felt on Monday afternoon in various areas in Israel.Read More


Nathan Englander Wins Short Story Prize

By JTA

American-Jewish author Nathan Englander has been awarded the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for his short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.Read More


Boycott of West Bank Products Is Legal: Expert

By JTA

European governments are fully within their legal rights to boycott products made by Jews in the West Bank, a British legal expert has concluded.Read More


No Celebration for South Sudanese Immigrants

By Haaretz

South Sudan is marking the first anniversary of its independence on Monday, but members of the Sudanese community in Israel seem to be in no mood to celebrate.Read More


Arafat Death Probe Could Open Can of Worms

By Haaretz

A week after the Al-Jazeera’s sensational scoop on Yasser Arafat’s death, it seems as if the network’s investigation leaves more questions than answers. While Al-Jazeera succeeded in returning the late terrorist to the headlines, and with it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its new conspiracy theory – that Arafat was poisoned in 2004 with radioactive polonium (with heavy hints that Israel was responsible) – is very unconvincing.Read More


Panel on Illegal Outposts Says Occupation Is Legal

By Haaretz

A report by a committee formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to examine the legal aspects of West Bank land ownership recommended to sanction all Israeli outposts, rejecting the claim that Israel’s presence in the territory is that of an occupying force.Read More


Google Will Post 30,000 Mussolini Videos

By Haaretz

Google signed an agreement with the Italian government under which it will post 30,000 videos of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Guardian reported.Read More


Israel Hopes To Ban African Remittances

By Haaretz

Israel’s Justice Ministry on Sunday proposed an amendment to a bill that would prohibit African migrants from transferring money abroad to their families.Read More


Bibi May Free Prisoners To Win Abbas Meeting

By JTA

Israel and the Palestinian Authority are negotiating over Israeli moves that would pave the way for a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.Read More


Double Agent Drama Could Lead to Charges

By Haaretz

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is due to announce a decision soon to close a case involving accusations by an ex-Mossad chief that a former head of Military Intelligence leaked the true identity of an alleged Egyptian double-agent. The agent’s warnings in 1973 of the impending Yom Kippur War spurred Israel’s government to take defensive action.Read More





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