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Montreal District Bans Parades Amid Tension

By JTA

City officials in a Montreal borough have banned all street parades and processions in response to escalating tensions with the Chasidic community.Read More


Israeli Opera Says No to Wagner Again

By Haaretz

The Israeli Opera has asked a U.K.-based Israeli choreographer to remove an excerpt of a Richard Wagner opera from the soundtrack of her show, which will be showcased in Tel Aviv next month.Read More


Bibi Pleads for Jonathan Pollard's Release

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who was hospitalized over the weekend following deterioration in his medical condition.Read More


CIA Succeeds in Iran Spying: Report

By Haaretz

The CIA has been operating stealth surveillance drones deep inside Iran for the last three years, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.Read More


Gunter Grass Banned From Israel Over Poem

By Haaretz

Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Sunday that German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass is a persona non grata in Israel, after Grass published a poem last week which was highly critical of Israel and its policies.Read More


Controversial Blogger Quits Media Watchdog

By JTA

M.J. Rosenberg, the controversial critic of Israeli policies who drew fire for using the term ‘Israel firsters,’ is leaving liberal watchdog Media Matters.Read More


Eilat Rocket Has Little Effect on Tourism

By Haaretz

The firing of a Grad rocket at Eilat late Wednesday night has not scared off tourists and there were no cancelations, foreign or Israeli, at local hotels yesterday. If the security situation does not worsen in the next few days, then the tourism industry expects no real effect on Passover holiday business.Read More


Egypt Military Tightens Security in Sinai

By Haaretz

Egyptian forces launched an extensive military operation in the northern Sinai on Saturday, sending in hundreds of soldiers in an apparent bid to reinforce dwindling security in the desert peninsula.Read More


Bernard Rapoport, Democratic Donor, Dies

By JTA

Bernard Rapoport, a major backer of Bill Clinton and of Democrats, has died.Read More


Canadian Faces Trial in 1980 Paris Bombing

By JTA

An Ottawa professor has been ordered extradited to France, where he faces charges related to the 1980 bombing of a synagogue in Paris that killed four people.Read More





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