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  • U.S. general says military cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

    11 hours ago

    The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

    General Martin Dempsey,...

  • Winehouse statue features Star of David

    11 hours ago

    A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David.

    The unveiling Sunday in the Camden Town neighborhood, where Winehouse lived, marked what would have been Winehouse’s 31st birthday and was attended by her parents.

    The statue, by Scott...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    12 hours ago

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

    12 hours ago

    It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life.

    Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner, Yoni...

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  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    13 hours ago

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • IDF reserve officer disciplined for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

    13 hours ago

    The Israel Defense Forces took disciplinary action against a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

    Israeli media on Tuesday identified the officer as former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky,...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    13 hours ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    13 hours ago

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

    ...
  • Renaming of Fla. bridge for Henry Ford nixed over ‘dark history’ with Jews

    14 hours ago

    Officials in Fort Myers City, Fla., withdrew a proposal to rename a bridge for Henry Ford after residents raised concerns about his anti-Semitic publications.

    A vote on the proposal had been scheduled for Monday evening but was withdrawn, according to WZVN, the local ABC...

  • Israel says mortar fired from Gaza is first since August 26 truce

    15 hours ago

    Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

    There were no casualties or damage from the incident, an Israeli...

  • ISIS-inspired lone wolves seen as posing ‘significant’ threat to Jews

    15 hours ago

    Jewish institutions, which have faced attacks in recent years by lone wolves — extremists who draw their inspiration from the like-minded but act on their own — now must be wary of returnees from the Iraq-Syria arena who are trained and indoctrinated by the jihadist group ISIS, top...

  • Lone soldiers unwind at Lady Gaga concert

    15 hours ago

    Israeli Lone Soldier Adam Berman admits that it was a “rough summer.”

    Berman, 24, made aliyah a year ago from Columbus, Ohio, serves at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza and lives on Kibbutz Alumim, also located on the Gaza border. So he did not escape this summer’s...

  • Bill and Hillary disagree on Netanyahu? Not so much

    16 hours ago

    Politico and Haaretz have seized on C-Span video from Iowa that they claim suggests Bill and Hillary Clinton diverge on how ready Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is for peace.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be stumping for an as yet unannounced presidential bid in...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    16 hours ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    16 hours ago

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

  • Nazi sympathizer charged with hate crime after threatening Walmart employees

    17 hours ago

    A New Hampshire man was properly charged with a hate crime for threatening two Walmart employees with anti-Semitic statements, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

    On Friday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Paul Costella on two counts of criminal threatening...

  • German on trial for ISIS ties played for Jewish soccer team

    17 hours ago

    A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

    Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five...

  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    17 hours ago

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

  • Jewish group at Penn ends student stipend program following parent objections

    17 hours ago

    An independent Jewish organization at the University of Pennsylvania has stopped offering students a stipend to participate in one of its programs after parents objected to the practice.

    Since 2004, Meor has offered a $400 stipend for students to participate in its Maimonides...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    17 hours ago

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

  • Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

    17 hours ago

    The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,”...

  • 70 years on, a missing private comes home

    18 hours ago

    The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies” who attend to the needs of...

  • Golden Dawn member convicted for threatening to put migrants in ovens

    18 hours ago

    A member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was found guilty of inciting racist violence after threatening to turn immigrants into soap and to put them in ovens.

    Alexandros Plomeratis, a losing candidate for the party in recent elections, was given a one-year suspended jail...

  • Komen organization apologizes for Houston race’s Yom Kippur date

    18 hours ago

    The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

    Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    18 hours ago

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    18 hours ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Brussels Jewish Museum opens its doors four months after shooting

    1 day ago

    Four months after a shooting that killed four people, the Brussels Jewish Museum opened its doors to the public again on Sunday in a solemn ceremony attended by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

    The museum in central Brussels had been closed since the May 24 attack by a gunman...

  • Israel falls to Argentina in relocated Davis Cup match

    2 days ago

    Israel lost in the Davis Cup to Argentina in a match that was moved from Tel Aviv to Florida due to the conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

    Israel lost 3-2 after dropping the two singles’ matches on Sunday in Sunrise, Fla. Argentina, which was favored, will go on to vie for the 2015...

  • Belarus museum opens exhibit about Ariel Sharon

    2 days ago

    The National History Museum of Belarus inaugurated an exhibition about Ariel Sharon.

    Titled “Profile of a Leader,” the exhibition on the late Israeli prime minister was launched Monday on the entrance floor of the state museum. The ceremony was attended by diplomats, Jewish...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    2 days ago

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • North Korea sentences U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years hard labor

    2 days ago

    North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labor for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday, as the United States requested his immediate pardon and release.

    Miller joins Kenneth Bae...

  • Auschwitz guard, now 93, charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

    2 days ago

    German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his service as a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz.

    Oskar Groening of Hannover, Germany, has acknowledged that he was a guard at Auschwitz but said he did not personally commit any of the...

  • Samantha Vinik helps youngsters protect their hearing

    2 days ago

    Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94 percent of her hearing from the congenital degenerative condition.

    But when the 18-year-old from Millburn, N.J., discovered that one in five teenagers is afflicted with Noise Induced...

  • In N.Y. Times ad, Hollywood elite slams Hamas for conflict with Israel

    2 days ago

    Some 300 Hollywood elite published an ad in The New York Times holding Hamas responsible for the “devastating loss of life” in the latest Hamas-Israel conflict.

    [Related: Hollywood Zionists are alive and well]

    Actors to directors to studio heads signed the statement by members...

  • Ahead of historic vote, many Scottish Jews wary of independence

    2 days ago

    Bright blue signs scream “Yes” while red ones urge “No, thanks” in the streets of Scotland’s largest city just days before a vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom.

    But at Frank Angell’s house, his windows are empty and his yard is bare.

    A former local council...

  • Netanyahu following Briton’s beheading: ISIS, Hamas ‘branches of same poisonous tree’

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called ISIS and Hamas “branches of the same poisonous tree” after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker.

    ISIS, or the Islamic State, on Saturday released a video showing the apparent murder of David Haines,...

  • IDF, fellow reservists rip refusal letter by intelligence corps members

    2 days ago

    The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians.

    Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz, the head of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, in a statement issued...

  • On last visit before vote, British PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

    2 days ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.

    With opinion polls suggesting the...

  • Philly kosher butcher shop vandalized with swastikas

    2 days ago

    A kosher butcher shop in Philadelphia was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    Crude swastikas were painted on the butcher shop, Simon’s Glatt Kosher meats, between the evening of Sept. 10 and the next morning, the Jewish Exponent reported. The butcher store has been at its...

  • Israel’s counterterrorism bureau issues travel warnings

    2 days ago

    Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued warnings to Israeli travelers for the heavy travel season during the fall holidays.

    “There is — at this time — an increasing potential threat as a result of the recent Operation Protective Edge during which there...

  • Death row inmate in Connecticut suing state for kosher food

    2 days ago

    A death row inmate is suing the Connecticut Department of Correction claiming he is an Orthodox Jew and is being denied kosher food.

    Steven Hayes, 51, a convicted murderer and rapist, filed a handwritten lawsuit in federal court saying that he has been requesting kosher food...

  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    2 days ago

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

  • U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

    2 days ago

    U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

    The decision to pull some blue-helmeted troops back to...

  • Jewish publication apologizes for Op-Ed comparing Tutu to Hitler

    2 days ago

    A Jewish online publication in South Africa apologized for an Op-Ed that compared Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Adolf Hitler.

    The South African Jewish Report posted the apology Friday on its website and removed the opinion piece written by Leon Reich, chairman of Likud South Africa,...

  • Foundation headed by widow of Madoff’s largest beneficiary grants $104 million

    2 days ago

    Barbara Picower, the widow of Jeffry Picower, the largest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, has awarded $104 million in grants over two years through a new foundation.
    The grants from the JPB Foundation have centered on medical research, poverty and the environment,...

  • Rocket fired in Syria lands in Israeli Golan

    2 days ago

    A rocket fired in Syria as part of that country’s war struck Israel near the Golan Heights border.

    No injuries or damage were reported from the rocket, which hit by the Quneitra crossing on Monday morning.

    On Friday night a mortar shell struck Israel on the Golan, where a...

  • Olmert to remain free until end of appeals

    2 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will remain out of prison until he has exhausted his appeals.

    Olmert and the seven other men convicted in the real estate scam known as the Holyland Affair can remain free during the appeals process, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Monday.

    ...
  • Paris Moishe House to open amid uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in France

    2 days ago

    Paris will see the opening of its first Moishe House amid a soaring number of anti-Semitic attacks in France.

    The launching party for the Moishe House in central Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, or district, is scheduled to take place next week, but the three residents moved into the...

  • Why does Qatar support Hamas?

    2 days ago

    It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts.

    Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional...

  • At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

    2 days ago

    Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

    Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a...

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