Jewish Journal


November 5, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

November 5, 2012 | 3:21 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations, September 2012,. (Photo: Reuters)


Why the Palestinian president shocked his people over 'right of return'

Mahmoud Abbas' comments to Israeli news channel have sparked a massive backlash, writes Joshua Mitnick in the Christian Science Monitor

Within a day after the Friday broadcast of the interview, Palestinians in Gaza – controlled by rival faction Hamas – burned posters of Mr. Abbas which were labeled as "traitor," and Mr. Abbas was forced to do damage control by telling Arabic language newspapers that he had only spoken on a personal level and there had been no change in the Palestinian position.


Tale of Two Jewish Towns on Shore

Seth Berkman of the Forward meets the members of two New Jersey Jewish communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. 

“We want to know why nothing is being done, and when we will see someone who can tell us anything,” said resident Lauren Dadoun, sitting in the Synagogue of Deal, one of the only buildings open in town, thanks to power provided from generators. More than 100 local residents had stopped in at various times since the storm to charge cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices, said Dadoun and others at the synagogue on the night of November 1. People came, too, they said, to regain the slightest sense of community, by talking with their neighbors.



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