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Thousands Protest Gender Segregation

By Haaretz

Thousands of Israelis rallied to protest gender segregation in Beit Shemesh, a town that has become a symbol for the struggle against religious extremism.Read More


Germany Adds Payouts to Holocaust Victims

By JTA

Germany has agreed to changes to one of its restitution programs that will add payouts of approximately $3,300 to some 10,000 Jews, the Claims Conference announced.Read More


Thousands To Protest Treatment of Women

By JTA

Thousands are expected to participate in a rally in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh against women’s exclusion and violence against females by haredi Orthodox men.Read More


Former Aide Says Ron Paul Is Anti-Israel

By Haaretz and Forward Staff

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul supports calls for the abolishment of Israel as a Jewish state, and the return of it in its entirety to the Arabs, though he is not an anti-Semite, a former senior aide of the libertarian Texan congressman wrote in a blog on Monday.Read More


Haredim to Secular Media: Help Us Pressure Extremists

By Haaretz

One after another the Haredim came up to the reporters. Some gave their full names, some refused to give any name or - as with one leading rabbi — asked that their names not be published. Some approached in the streets of Beit Shemesh, some made a phone call.Read More


Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish Singer, Is Dead

By Forward Staff

Adrienne Cooper, a fourth-generation Yiddish singer and music teacher who was instrumental in the klezmer revival, died Sunday.Read More


Jewish Students' Civil Rights Suit Dismissed

By JTA

A lawsuit filed by two Jewish students against a California university, alleging that the university did not protect them from anti-Semitic attacks, has been dismissed.Read More


Police, Ultra-Orthodox Clash in Beit Shemesh

By Haaretz

A police officer was wounded as clashes erupted between ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israel police on Monday in two separate neighborhoods in Beit Shemesh. Two residents were also arrested in the clashes.Read More


Recognition of Armenian Genocide Could Threaten Israel–Turkey Ties

By Haaretz

The Foreign Ministry warned that Israel’s possible recognition of the Armenian genocide, which was discussed in a Knesset committee on Monday, could lead to the serious deterioration of Israel’s ties with Turkey.Read More


Girl, 8, Becomes Poster Child for Anti-Haredi Backlash

By Haaretz

The image of 8-year-old Na’ama Margolese — the Beit Shemesh schoolgirl so traumatized by taunting Haredim that she refused to cross the street in their direction even with the aid of her mother — has gripped the country, turning the shy daughter of North American immigrants into a poster child for the searing national debate over the exclusion of women. Margolese plight was the subject of a recent report on Israel’s Channel 2.Read More


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