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UN Criticizes Israel for Its 'Nakba Day' Actions

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

A new report of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is highly critical of Israel for its handling of incidents on the border with Lebanon on May 15 — Nakba Day. It concludes that the Israeli soldiers used disproportionate force against Lebanese demonstrators, which resulted in seven deaths.Read More


Arrests of Two Prominent Rabbis Prompt Demonstrations

By JTA

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem against the arrest of two prominent rabbis.Read More


Poll: Jewish Approval of Obama Is Steady, Despite Israel Tensions

By JTA

President Obama’s status among American Jews remains unaffected despite recent tensions with Israel’s government, according to a Gallup Poll.Read More


Gaza Flotilla Boat Eludes Greek Coast Guard

By JTA

A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.Read More


UN Slams Israel for Lack for Gender Equity

By Gili Cohen (Haaretz)

There is no meaningful equality in Israel between men and women when it comes to matters relating to marriage and family relationships, according to a new UN report.Read More


Weeks After Violence, Jewish Worshippers Flock to Joseph's Tomb

By Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz)

Some 1,300 Jewish worshippers visited Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus this week to mark the traditional death date of the biblical figure, more than two months after the nephew of a Likud minister was killed at the holy site and six weeks after dozens of Bratslav Hasidim ran into the streets of Nablus and refused to come out.Read More


Special Election Set To Fill Weiner's Congressional Seat

By Forward Staff

A special election to fill the congressional seat of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner will be held on Sept. 13, the New York Times reported Friday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the date for the vote in the district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens and has a large Jewish population.Read More


Greeks Ban Flotilla Boats From Leaving for Gaza

By Amira Hass and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

The Greek government on Friday reportedly banned the departure of ships from Greek ports to the maritime area of Gaza, in a bid to block the planned “Freedom Flotilla.”Read More


Dominique Strauss-Kahn Freed Without Bail as Rape Case Crumbles

By Forward Staff and JTA

Disgraced banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn was freed without bond on Friday as the rape case against him started to crumble amid questions about the accuser’s credibility.

Prosecutors told a judge that the credibility of the maid who claimed the former IMF chief sexually assaulted her in a Manhattan hotel room had been thrown into question.Read More


Gaza Flotilla Delayed Until July 5 At Earliest

By JTA

Activists have delayed a protest flotilla to the Gaza Strip until next week.

The flotilla, comprised of nine boats – including one from the United States – was to set have set sail this week from Greece, with the aim of bringing attention to Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.Read More





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