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Israeli Cabinet Approves Measures to Ease Social Woes

By JTA

The Israeli Cabinet approved the Trajtenberg report, which proposes solutions to Israel’s socioeconomic problems.Read More


Bibi Slams Desecration of Non-Jewish Cemeteries

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday decried the desecration of graves in Christian and Muslim cemeteries in Jaffa during Yom Kippur, saying that Israel is “not willing to tolerate vandalism, especially not the kind that would offend religious sensibilities.”

“Israel shows tolerance for religious sentiments and a desire for peaceful coexistence without violence, but will show no tolerance for those who oppose it”, said Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu’s words came after both a Muslim and Christian cemetery were vandalized by graffiti that said “Death to the Arabs”, and “price tag”. Headstones were smashed and racist slogans were spray-painted on graves.

The incident occurred less than a week after a mosque was torched, also by alleged Jewish extremists, in northern Israel.

About 200 Arabs and Jews gathered in Jaffa on Saturday night to protest the desecration at the cemetery and calling for an end to violence and racism. At one point during the demonstration, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the roof of Rabbi Meir Ba’al Hanes synagogue in Jaffa. The building was empty at the time and there were no reports of casualties. Firefighters, police and medical teams were rushed to the scene.

Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said the attacks on the cemeteries were a serious matter, and pledged that the police will do all they can “in order to ensure that situations such as this one end in indictments.”Read More


Romney Vows To Build Closer Ties to Israel

By JTA

Mitt Romney said he would increase defense assistance to Israel, raise the U.S. military profile near Iran and recognize Israel as a Jewish state.Read More


Yom Kippur Service May Expand Wall St. Protest

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The Yom Kippur service at the ongoing anti-corporate protests in downtown Manhattan will be used to expand the scope of the activists’ “occupation” of the Financial District, according to the service’s organizer.Read More


Jewish Teenager Arrested in Mosque Arson

By JTA

An 18-year-old Jewish man from northern Israel was arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of being behind the burning of a mosque in an Arab town last Sunday.Read More


Yom Kippur Brings Quiet to Israel Streets

By Ilan Ben Zion (Haaretz)

Heralded by the coming of autumn and the end of daylight savings time, Yom Kippur, Judaism’s day of reckoning and atonement, is almost upon us. Not long ago, I stood among the trembling and repentant on this holiest of days and uttered prayers of forgiveness as votive offerings for my soul. Now, however, I find less meaning in fasting, prayer, and invoking God’s mercy. The Day of Atonement’s arcane rituals - both ancient and modern - that I assiduously studied in school, seem distant and detached.Read More


Israeli Police on Alert for Yom Kippur

Israeli Police have been holding talks with Israeli Arab representatives in bid to diffuse tensions ahead of Yom Kippur, after the burning of an Upper-Galilee mosque earlier this week. Police hope that calm will be restored in time for Yom Kippur on Saturday.Read More


Quartet Will Meet to Jump Start Peace Process

The European Union said Friday that the Middle East Quartet will meet Sunday in Brussels as part of a wider effort to restart the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Read More


Kol Nidre Service Set for Occupy Wall Street Protest

By JTA

A Kol Nidre service will take place at the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street.Read More


The Jewish Zen of Steve Jobs

By Jason Miller (JTA)

Social networking sites began buzzing immediately after word spread of the death of Apple Computer visionary Steve Jobs Wednesday evening. Rabbis took time out of their busy preparations for Yom Kippur to halt their sermon writing and post personal reflections on what the contributions of Steve Jobs’ creative spark had on them.Read More





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