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Jewish Groups Back Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

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The Reform movement, the Anti-Defamation League and Rabbis for Human Rights-NA welcomed a court decision ruling unconstitutional an application of the Defense of Marriage Act.Read More


Feinstein Wins J Street Reelection Nod

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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein accepted the endorsement of J Street’s political action committee.Read More


Madonna's Ticket Offer Rejected by Some Activists

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Earlier Thursday, Madonna donated 580 tickets to her show in Tel Aviv to members of the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps, who are set to take part in a special tribunal on peace.Read More


Israeli Charities May Strike Over Funding

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Nonprofit groups that feed the needy say they may decide to go on strike for a day or two if they don’t get up to $64 million in the upcoming budget.Read More


Poll Show Jews Back Higher Taxes on Rich

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A poll showed American Jews strongly favor tax increases for the wealthy and tend to back labor in disputes with management.Read More


Minister Claims Africans Often Rape Israeli Women

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In further remarks on migrant workers from Africa, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Thursday that many Israeli women have been raped by migrant workers “but do not complain out of fear of being stigmatized as having contracted AIDS.”Read More


Yad Vashem To Promote Holocaust Education

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Yad Vashem and the Council of Europe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote Holocaust education throughout the council’s 47 member statesRead More


Gang Charged With Beating, Robbing Africans

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The Tel Aviv district prosecutor brought charges on Thursday against a group of minors who are accused of organizing and carrying out a series of attacks againt Sudanese and Eritrean migrants.Read More


Obama Marks Jewish American Heritage Month

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President Obama celebrated the values of communities petitioning government at a White House reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month.Read More


Israel Hands Over Bodies of 91 Palestinians

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Israel turned over to Palestinian officials the bodies of 91 terrorists.Read More





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