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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


Ex-Federation Worker Charged in ID Theft Scam

By Forward Staff

A worker at UJA-Federation in New York allegedly led a $2 million identity theft ring that targeted top donors to the charitable organization.Read More


Barak Predicts Assad Gone by Spring

By JTA

Ehud Barak predicted to a group of schoolchildren that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad would be removed from power by Passover.Read More


Lipstadt Blasts 'Abuse' of Holocaust by Politicians

By Haaretz

Renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt says that American and Israeli politicians who invoke the Holocaust for contemporary political purposes are engaging in “Holocaust abuse”, which is similar to “soft-core denial” of the Holocaust.Read More


Barak and Obama Set To Meet Today

By JTA

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with President Obama on Friday morning, acording to sources.Read More


Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

By JTA

Christopher Hitchens, the British-born atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, took on everyone from Henry Kissinger to Mother Teresa.Read More


Boston Teacher Refuses Deal in Sex Abuse Case

By JTA

A rabbi who taught at a Boston-area Jewish day school has refused a plea deal over sexual abuse charges.Read More


Susan Rice Tells Presidents U.N. Still 'Vital'

The United States must remain engaged with the United Nations, its envoy to the international body told the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella.Read More





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