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L.A. Substitute Teacher Fired Over Anti-Semitic Remarks

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A substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified school district has been fired after making anti-Semitic remarks.Read More


GOP Candidates Spar Over Shalit Deal

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The Shalit deal made a surprise entrance into the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, with a Twitter user asking: Would the U.S. negotiation for a solder as Israel just did?Read More


Hamas Leader Calls Shalit Deal a Turning Point

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Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday a strategic turning point in Hamas’s struggle against Israel.Read More


Slingshot Names Top Ten Innovative Groups

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Slingshot added a Top 10 list to its newly released annual guide to innovative Jewish programming in North America.Read More


Shalit Walks With Mother on First Morning

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Israel Defense Forces medical officers arrived at the home of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Wednesday, a day after the former Hamas captive was freed in a prisoner exchange deal.Read More


Journalists Slam Egyptian Interview of Shalit

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Israeli officials harshly criticized an Egyptian television interview with soldier Gilad Shalit minutes after Hamas militants freed him in a prisoner swap Tuesday, saying the questioning was inappropriate and insensitive.Read More


Tony Blair Calls Shalit Deal Opening to Peace

By Haaretz

The envoy for the Middle East Quartet of peacemakers, Tony Blair, on Tuesday welcomed Gilad Shalit’s release from Hamas captivity, saying that it was a “moment of great joy” for the soldier and his family as well as for the families of the Palestinian prisoners released as part of an agreement between Israel and HamasRead More


Israel Should Rethink Hamas Blockade, Opposition Says

Israel must re-evaluate its relations with Hamas following the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, Kadima MK Nachman Shai said on Tuesday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet to take advantage of what he called a “small window of opportunity.”Read More


Susan Sarandon Calls Pope a 'Nazi'

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Susan Sarandon is under fire after referring to the German-born Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.Read More


Bibi Expected To Lead Somber Shalit Welcome

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday following the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit that he had accomplished his longtime mission by setting the abducted soldier free after five years in Hamas captivity.Read More





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