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Anti-Semitic Incidents Rise in U.S.

By JTA

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased for the first time since 2004, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit.Read More


Supreme Court Won't Hear Holocaust Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the descendants of Jews deported during World War II who want to sue a French railway in American courts.Read More


Assad Warns He'll Attack Israel if West Strikes

By Haaretz

Syria will strike Israel and “set fire” to the Middle East if foreign forces choose to launch a military strike on the protest-ridden country, Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday.Read More


Jewish Exile Forced to Leave Libya Synagogue

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A Libyan Jewish exile attempting to restore Tripoli’s main synagogue said he was forced to leave the site.Read More


Mediator Arrives in Cairo for Gilad Shalit Talks

By Haaretz

German mediator Gerhard Conrad landed in Cairo Monday for a clandestine visit of several days, during which he is slated to meet with several Egyptian officials in an attempt to restart talks regarding a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas, which would free captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, according to a German news agency.Read More


Youths Clash With Police Over Mosque Arson

By Haaretz

Several dozen youths clashed with police overnight in a Bedouin village in northern Israel, hours after a local mosque was vandalized allegedly by Jewish extremists, officials said Tuesday.Read More


Calif. Governor Signs Bill Preventing Anti-Circumcision Laws

By JTA

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prevents the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.Read More


Bibi Angry Over Mosque Arson Attack

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed fury Monday over the torching of a mosque in an Upper Galilee village the night before and instructed the Shin Bet chief to quickly locate those responsible.Read More


Palestinians Say Aid Cut Won't Stop Statehood Push

By Haaretz

A move by Congress to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority will not hinder Palestinian readiness for statehood, a top PA official said on Monday.Read More


Cuban Jews Meet Gross in Jail

By JTA

Leaders of Cuba’s Jewish community met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.Read More





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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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