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Europe Slaps New Sanctions on Assad, Family

By JTA

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports.Read More


Jerusalem Soccer Fans Beat Arabs in Riot

By Haaretz

Hundreds of supporters of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team assaulted Arab cleaning personnel at the capital’s Malha shopping center on Monday, in what was said to be one of Jerusalem’s biggest-ever ethnic clashes. “It was a mass lynching attempt,” said Mohammed Yusuf, a team leader for Or-Orly cleaning services.Read More


Gender Segregation Spreads to El Al

By Haaretz

El Al passengers are noting a recent phenomenon involving clusters of ultra-Orthodox men approaching female passengers prior to take-off and requesting to switch seats, according to El Al customers and tour operators.Read More


Rampage Exposes Split Between Jews and Muslims

By Haaretz

Several Muslim and Jewish leaders appeared united on French television after the attack in Toulouse, but officials within the Jewish community have no illusions: French Jews and Muslims are deeply divided.Read More


Conn. Condo in Mezuzah Discrimination Flap

By JTA

A Connecticut condominium association has drawn queries from the Anti-Defamation League and a religious rights law office for allowing the display of items on doors but not doorposts.Read More


Bibi Slams U.N. Council Over Settlements

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at a U.N. Human Rights Council decision to investigate Jewish settlements, calling it “hypocritical” and detached from reality.Read More


Toulouse Killer Visited Israel, Paper Says

By JTA

The passport of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah showed that he visited Israel, Syria, Iraq and Jordan, a French newspaper reported.Read More


Ken Livingstone Insults Jews in London Mayor Race

By Forward Staff and JTA

Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London seeking to reclaim his post, used language that was nearly “classic anti-Semitism” in a meeting with the city’s Jewish community leaders, the leaders said.Read More


Limmud's Helena Miller Wins Fisher Prize

By JTA

A co-chairman of Limmud International, Helena Miller, was awarded the Max Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora.Read More


Anne Frank Seedling Headed for Yad Vashem

By JTA

A sapling from the chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary will be planted at Yad Vashem.Read More





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