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Israelis Protest New Unity Government

By JTA

More than 1,000 protested in Tel Aviv, and hundreds in Jerusalem, against the deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the opposition Kadima Party. A protest was also held in Beersheba.Read More


Bibi Deal Driven by Power Not Public Good: Poll

By Haaretz

Most Israelis believe the Likud-Kadima unity deal was driven by personal and political considerations rather than the national good, and few believe the new 94-MK coalition will carry out the promises its leaders made Tuesday, a Haaretz-Dialog poll has found.Read More


Street Protests Erupt Over Israeli Coalition Deal

By Haaretz

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the coalition deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former opposition leader Shaul Mofaz.Read More


Biden: Israel Can Decide Whether To Strike Iran

By JTA

Israel still has time to strike Iran and the right to decide for itself whether to do so, Vice President Joe Biden said.Read More


Toronto Muslim School Teaches Jews Are 'Crafty'

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A Toronto Islamic school being investigated following a complaint that it is teaching its students that Jews are “treacherous” and comparing them to Nazis has apologized to the Jewish community.Read More


Labor Leader Blasts 'Alliance of Cowards'

By Haaretz

Israel Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich slammed the maneuver as “an alliance of cowards,” and the most ridiculous zig-zag in Israel’s political history, which no one will ever forget.Read More


Bibi Deal Means Less Power for Haredi Parties

By Haaretz

Where does the deal leave the Haredi community? In a completely different place than they were used to over the last several years.Read More


Australian Sex Suspect Appears in Court

By JTA

An Orthodox Jewish man charged with sexually assaulting children at a Jewish school in Melbourne, Australia appeared in court.Read More


Greece's Jews Cautious After Neo-Nazi Triumph

By Haaretz

Greece’s Jewish community on Monday sent its members a laconic, factual e-mail. Without any interpretive adornment, the message conveyed a few dry facts. In elections staged on Sunday, the Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party won 7 percent of the country’s popular vote - a tally twice the minimum threshold level required to send representatives to parliament.Read More


P.A. Negotiator Saeb Erekat Suffers Heart Attack

By JTA

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel, suffered a heart attack.Read More





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