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Brooklyn's Hynes Takes Shot at Orthodox

By JTA

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes reportedly said that the haredi Orthodox community is the only one in his jurisdiction in which sexual assault victims are harassed and intimidated.Read More


Orthodox Back Romney School Voucher Plan

By JTA

The Orthodox Union welcomed a pledge by presidential candidate Mitt Romney to allow low-income families to use federal dollars to send their children to parochial schools.Read More


An African Immigrant's Plea

By Adam Ibrahim (Haaretz)

Adam Ibrahim, a refugee from Darfur, asks for respect from his Israeli neighbors. He wonders why politicians have fomented the recent violence against innocent immigrants.Read More


Right-Wing Politicians Want Africans Detained

By Haaretz

Following Wednesday’s violent protest against African migrants in Tel Aviv, Likud MK Danny Dannon called to remove African asylum seekers from population centers in Israel.Read More


Senate Earmarks $13 Million for Non-Profit Security

By JTA

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee earmarked $13 million in Homeland Security funds for non-profit institutions next year, $3 million more than in 2012, and increased emergency assistance for the poor.The Obama administration and Congress had cut funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program from $19 million in 2011 to $10 million this year.Read More


Romney To Meet With Jewish Donors

By JTA

Mitt Romney is meeting with about 30 major Jewish donors to his presidential campaign as part of a “constituents day.”Read More


Israeli Minister Won't Shake Hands With Woman

By JTA

Belgium’s health minister said she was “profoundly troubled” by the behavior of her Israeli counterpart, Yaakov Litzman, after the haredi Orthodox minister refused to shake her hand at a conference.Read More


Iran Makes 5-Point Proposal at Nuclear Talks

By Haaretz

For three hours on Wednesday afternoon, representatives of six world powers and Iran sat in the official guest house of Baghdad’s secure “Green Zone” and discussed Iran’s nuclear program. At this point, there are still no signs of a breakthrough but the afternoon round of talks achieved some progress.Read More


Violence Erupts at Anti-African Rally in Tel Aviv

By Haaretz

Violence broke out at an anti-African rally in Tel Aviv. Right-wing demonstrators beat immigrants, set fires and broke windows after politicians called Africans a ‘cancer.’Read More


Monument to Wallenberg Is Defaced

By JTA

A monument in Budapest to Raoul Wallenberg was defiled with bloody pigs’ feet.Read More





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