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Noam Shalit Disputes Claim Son Was Treated Well

By Haaretz

Noam Shalit, father of recently released Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, said on Thursday that claims his son was not tortured during his time in Hamas captivity should be taken “with a grain of salt.”Read More


Gadhafy Killed as Libyans Seize Holdout Town

By Forward Staff

Libya’s ruling former rebels say they have captured the hold-out town of Sirte, and unconfirmed reports say they killed ex-leader Moammar Gadhafy.Read More


Two St. Louis Day Schools Agree To Merge

By JTA

Two St. Louis Jewish day schools, a Reform and a Conservative, have voted to merge.Read More


Gilad Shalit's Captors Say He Was Treated Well

Zuhair Al-Qaisi, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, the organization that captured Gilad Shalit, told the newspaper Al-Hayat that from the day Shalit was taken prisoner, government officials from various Arab countries passed on messages from Israel, saying that serious moves would not be made against them if they immediately released Shalit.Read More


Palestinian Leader Says Time Not Right for 'Serious' Talks

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday that Palestinian-American relations are currently strained, and that many Palestinians are very disappointed with the yields of diplomacy, but he stressed that the Palestinians are committed to the peace process.Read More


Shalit Prepares for Simchat Torah at Home

By Haaretz

A day after returning to his home in Mitzpe Hila after five years in Hamas captivity, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will mark the Simchat Torah holiday at home with his family on Wednesday night.Read More


GOP Candidates Push Back on Aid to Israel

By JTA

Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain pushed back against a proposal by Ron Paul to cut funding to Israel.Read More


Occupy Boston Takes Aim at Israeli Occupation

By JTA

A demonstration and march hosted by Occupy Boston protested U.S. support of Israel’s presence in “Palestine.”Read More


Deported Freed Terrorists Arrive Overseas

By Haaretz

Forty-two released Palestinian prisoners arrived in Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar on Tuesday after being set free as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas.Read More


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

By JTA

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





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