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New Barrage of Rockets Hits Southern Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz)

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered on Wednesday that the Israel Defense Forces increase defensive measures along Israel’s border with Egypt due to intelligence that terrorist groups are planning attacks similar to the ones last Thursday in which eight Israelis were killed.Read More


Jewish Museum Picks Claudia Gould as New Director

By Forward Staff

Claudia Gould, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, has reportedly been picked as the new director of the Jewish Museum in New York.Read More


Libyan Rebels Ask for Help, Even From Israel

By Yossi Melman (Haaretz)

Libya needs any help it can get from the international community, including from Israel, a spokesman for the opposition to Muammar Gadhafi’s regime told Haaretz Tuesday by phone from London.Read More


Judge Dismisses Sex Assault Charge Against Strauss-Kahn

By JTA

A New York State Supreme Court judge has closed the sexual assault case against Dominique Srauss-Kahn.

On Tuesday, Judge Michael Orbus dismissed all charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund following an official request Monday from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Afterward, Strauss-Kahn issued a statement calling the three months since his arrest for sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid “a nightmare for me and my family.” He thanked the judge, his family and other supporters.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 while boarding a flight to France for sexually assaulting Nafissatou Diallo, a housekeeper at his hotel. It was a dramatic fall for the IMF chief, a Jew who once was seen as a leading candidate for the French presidency.

While Strauss-Kahn did admit to a sexual encounter with Diallo, he maintained it was consensual.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s decision not to pursue the case against Strauss-Kahn turned on Diallo’s reliability as a witness. Although Vance earlier had proclaimed her a credible witness, a pattern of falsehoods emerged in her statements, he said.

“The nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant,” the prosecuters wrote in their recommendation for dismal. “If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”Read More


Rev. Al Sharpton Gets Permanent MSNBC Slot

By JTA

Rev. Al Sharpton Gets Permanent MSNBC SlotRead More


Synagogue Treasurer Slain on Boy Scout Trip

By JTA

Art Anderson, 76, a Boy Scouts hike leader and synagogue treasurer from Kokomo, Ind. was stabbed to death on Sunday in front of his Boy Scouts.Read More


In Richmond and D.C., Synagogues Emptied After Temblor Struck

By Naomi Zeveloff

Jews in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va., evacuated shuls and community centers. There were no reports of injuries. Luckily, one bris did not start until later in the day.Read More


Israeli Police Evict Demonstrators From Building

By JTA

Israeli police evicted dozens of housing protesters from an abandoned building in Tel Aviv.Read More


Exiled Libyan Jew Eying Post-Gadhafi Future

By JTA

The leader of the Libyan-Jewish community in Britain said that he has been invited to run for political office in the post- Muammar Gadhafi era.Read More


Hikind Refuses To Endorse Weprin in Weiner Seat Race

By JTA

Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, announced that he will not support the Democratic candidate to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner.Read More





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