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S. African Envoy Summoned Over Labelling Flap

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the South African ambassador to Israel over the publication of a notice announcing a ban on labeling as Israeli products that originate from the West Bank.Read More


Yemen's Jews Want Seats in Parliament

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The chief rabbi of Yemen has called on the country’s president to allow the Jewish community and other minority groups to have seats in the country’s parliament.Read More


Phila. Synagogue Hit by BB Gun Fire

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Officials at a Philadelphia synagogue are calling a BB gun attack on the synagogue a hate crime.Read More


Israel Lawmakers Spar Over African Refugees

By Haaretz

Knesset members engaged in a stormy debate on Monday, following comments by Interior Minister Eli Yishai that Israel should not let African asylum seekers work and that the United Nations is responsible for what happens in Eritrea and Sudan.Read More


Melbourne Day School Guard To Face Rape Charges

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An Orthodox Jewish man who worked as a security guard at a Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne was committed to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing children.Read More


Rights Group Video Shows Settler Violence

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A video distributed by an Israeli human rights organization shows Jewish settlers firing at a group of rock-throwing Palestinians as Israeli soldiers look on.Read More


Palestinian Groups Agree To Speed Reconciliation

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Palestinian political movements Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement to move the reconciliation process forward.Read More


Israel May Be Easing Hard Line on Iran

By Haaretz

With the second round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major powers due to begin in Tehran on Wednesday, senior Israeli sources say Jerusalem may be more flexible about Iranian low-level uranium enrichment than it is currently willing to let on.Read More


Bibi Calls African Immigration Key Threat

By JTA

The surge of illegal African migrants into Israel “threatens national security and identity,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.Read More


Freed Lockerbie Bomber Al-Megrahi Dies

By JTA

The former Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, who was released from prison for humanitarian reasons, has died.Read More





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