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Nation and World Briefs

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/nation_and_world_briefs_20050916

Israel Exits Gaza Strip A blazing orange sun set over the Mediterranean as Israeli soldiers lowered the country's flag at the army's Gaza headquarters, signifying the end of an era in this sandy strip of land. Settlement Building to Continue Ariel Sharon said Israel will continue to build in West Bank settlement blocs despite any U.S. objections. Egypt Takes Over Gaza Border Egyptian troops began deploying along the Gaza Strip's southern border. Around 200 border police fanned out along the Egyptian side of the frontier last Friday, with another 550 expected to be posted there this week. New Orleans Synagogue OK A historic synagogue in New Orleans suffered internal damage due to Hurricane Katrina, but its exterior is unscathed. Rabbi and Storm Shelter Nixed A synagogue in Louisiana is shutting down its shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina and has put its rabbi on administrative leave, JTA has learned. Russian City Gets New JCC Jews in St. Petersburg, Russia, marked the dedication of a new Jewish community center. General in the Sights A retired Israeli army general narrowly avoided facing war-crimes charges in Britain. Jewish Terrorist Suspect Dies An alleged Jewish terrorist died after hanging himself in Israeli police custody. Brits May Change Holocaust Day Britain may reportedly change its Holocaust remembrance day to a broader event commemorating other genocides. Arafat Death Mystery The cause of Yasser Arafat's death is still unclear, despite the release of his hospital reports. Google to Open in Israel Google is planning to open up an office in Israel.

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