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Iranian Chess Player Refuses to Play Israeli

By Forward Staff

A top Iranian chess player was booted from an international tournament when he refused to play against an Israeli.Read More


U.S. Warns Israel on New Settlement Plan

By Haaretz

The United States urged Israel on Wednesday to halt a plan that would approve new construction in a contentious Jerusalem neighborhood, saying that such a move would harm U.S. efforts to thwart the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.Read More


Ruth Madoff Says Couple Tried Suicide

By Forward Staff

Ruth Madoff said in a new interview that she and her disgraced husband Bernie Madoff tried to commit suicide after his Ponzi scheme was uncovered.Read More


Dallas Federation Marks Century of Service

By JTA

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas will mark its 100th anniversary with a citywide day of community service.Read More


Archbishop Makes Anti-Jewish Remarks in Sermon

By JTA

A Catholic archbishop in Trinidad and Tobago made anti-Jewish remarks during a sermon.Read More


Ilan Grapel Swap Starts as Prisoners Moved to Border

By Haaretz

The prisoner exchange deal for the release of Israeli-American Ilan Grapel, who has been held in Egypt for four month on espionage charges, got underway on Thursday morning as a convoy carrying 25 Egyptian prisoners departed from Israel’s Ella Prison en route to the southern border.Read More


Israel Strikes Gaza After Rocket Attack

By Haaretz

The rocket attack launched from militants in the Gaza Strip this week proves Israel must stand firm against the coastal territory’s Hamas rulers in the wake of the prisoner swap deal that secured abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release, right-wing MKs said Thursday.Read More


Foreign Minister Steps Up Attack on Abbas

By Haaretz

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office released on Wednesday a document to dozens of foreign embassies, saying Palestinian President is the main obstacle to the peace process. The release of the document comes as the Quartet representatives are holding talks in Jerusalem and in Ramallah in an effort to renew negotiations.Read More


Nude Photos From Dead Sea Go Online

By JTA

The first image from American artist Spencer Tunick’s nude photo installation at the Dead Sea can be seen online.Read More


Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Israeli Firm

By JTA

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in an Israeli visual media platform start-up company.Read More





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