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N.Y. Federation Employee Indicted for Theft

By JTA

An employee of the UJA-Federation of New York allegedly sold photocopies of checks from high-profile donors to gang members who used the identity details to steal more than $2 million.Read More


North Korea's Kim Jong Il Is Dead

By Forward Staff

Kim Jong Il, the North Korean dictator who led the closed-off nuclear nation for the past 17 years, has died, the nation’s state television announced Monday.Read More


In Shalit Swap, 550 Palestinian Prisoners Released

By JTA

Some 550 Palestinians were released from Israeli jails in the second stage of the prisoner swap for captured soldier Gilad Shalit.Read More


Oren Slams Friedman Over 'Bought' Comment

By JTA

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren said New York Times columnist Tom Friedman “strengthened a dangerous myth” when he said Congress was “bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”Read More


Islamists Win Combined 70% of Egypt Vote

By Haaretz

The Muslim Brotherhood party secured 39 percent of the vote, while the Salafi Al Nour party won 31 percent of the vote in the second stage of Egypt’s landmark post-Mubarak elections, according to unofficial results published on the website of Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper on Sunday.Read More


Israel Plans More Housing on West Bank

By Haaretz

The Housing Ministry published tenders on Sunday for 1,028 homes to be built in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, part of a plan to build 6,000 housing units throughout Israel.Read More


Israel Set To Free 550 Prisoners in Shalit Swap

By Haaretz

Israel was scheduled to release 550 prisoners Sunday, in the second stage of an exchange with Hamas in Gaza.Read More


Netanyahu Denounces Segregation of Women

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the forced removal of a female passenger from her bus seat by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on a public bus during a cabinet meeting on Monday, stating that Israel “must protect its public space, and maintain its openness and safety for all citizens.”Read More


Vaclav Havel, Dissident Turned President, Dies at 75

By Forward Staff

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the struggle to bring down communism in Czechoslovakia, has died, news reports said. He was 75.Read More


Gunman Found Insane in Anti-Semitic Shooting

By Forward Staff

A Massachusetts man was reportedly found not guilty by reason of insanity Friday in the 2009 shooting death of a Connecticut college student after a trial that portrayed him as anti-Semitic and mentally ill.Read More





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