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Right-Wing Minister Backs Hebron Settlers

By JTA

Jewish settlers who took over a house in Hebron’s Arab area should be allowed to stay, a top Israel minister said on Tuesday, adding that similar actions, as long as they are done through the proper legal channels, should be encouraged.Read More


French Round Up Islamic Militant Suspects

By JTA

Suspected Islamic militants arrested throughout France were planning terrorist attacks including kidnapping a Jewish judge.Read More


Israeli, PA Leaders Meet in Secret, as Peace Talks Stall

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are at a complete standstill, with relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaching a newfound low. And yet, contacts have been held behind the scenes in the last two weeks between officials from both Jerusalem and Ramallah, over the missive Abbas plans to send Netanyahu in the coming days.Read More


Computer Pioneer Gerald Estrin Dies at 90

By JTA

Prof. Gerald (Jerry) Estrin, a computer pioneer in the United States and Israel who built the first computer in the Middle East, has died.Read More


Former Agriprocessors Chief Appeals Conviction

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Former Agriprocessors kosher meat packing executive Sholom Rubashkin has appealed his conviction and sentence for bank fraud to the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More


Helen Thomas Gets Award From Palestinians

By JTA

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas received a prize in journalism from a representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Read More


Hitler's Baltic Getaway Sold for Luxury Condos

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Hitler’s Nazi holiday resort on the Baltic island of Ruegen is to become a luxury hotel and condo complex.Read More


Palestine Soccer Goalie Accused of Soldiers Attack

By JTA

The goalie of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team and Palestinian Red Crescent employees were among 13 West Bank residents arrested for an attack on Israeli soldiers.Read More


David Wolpe Tops Newsweek List of Rabbis

By JTA

Rabbi David Wolpe made his debut atop Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential American rabbis.Read More


Baltimore Paper Bought by Washington Paper Owners

By JTA

The owners of Washington’s Jewish newspaper have purchased The Baltimore Jewish Times at a bankruptcy auction.Read More





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