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  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    3 days ago

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

  • Tehran Jewish leader asks Obama to reconcile with Iran

    October 14, 2013 | 9:22 am

    The head of the Jewish community of Tehran called on President Obama to reconcile U.S. relations with Iran while the Islamic Republic is ruled by a moderate president.

    Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abady sent the open letter to Obama and a copy to the French news agency AFP,...

  • Schindler’s list goes unsold on eBay

    July 30, 2013 | 9:45 am

    An original list of names of 801 Jews rescued by German industrialist Oskar Schindler did not find a buyer on eBay.

    No one met the opening bid of $3 million for the 14-page list typed on onion skin paper. California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin had said when the auction...

  • Hamas shutters critical media in Gaza Strip

    July 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip shuttered two news outlets that published reports tying Hamas to the Muslim Brotherhood recently ousted from power in Egypt.

    The French news agency AFP reported Thursday that the attorney general in Gaza’s Hamas-run government ordered the closure...

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  • Mass Arab grave from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa

    June 6, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    A mass grave holding the remains of dozens of Arabs killed during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence was unearthed at a Muslim cemetery in Jaffa.

    The discovery of the mass grave — six underground rooms with the skeletons of adults and children — was made last week during...

  • Hamas forbids local journalists from working with Israeli media

    December 26, 2012 | 9:50 am

    The Hamas government in Gaza has forbidden local journalists from working with Israeli media outlets.

    The weekly Cabinet meeting in Gaza decided to ban Palestinian journalists from working "with all Zionist media and journalists,” which it declared "hostile," it announced in a...

  • Jerusalem committee approves new Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem

    December 19, 2012 | 10:44 am

    A Jerusalem municipal committee gave final approval for plans to build a new Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

    The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee on Wednesday approved more than 2,600 new housing units for the Givat Hamatos neighborhood. It would be the first new...

  • Couple suspected of aiding Toulouse killer Merah taken into custody

    December 4, 2012 | 10:04 am

    A man and a woman in the Toulouse area were arrested on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah "commit crimes" that may have included the murder of four Jews.

    According to L'Express, a French daily, French authorities arrested the two on Tuesday morning. Reports in the French...

  • Swedish flotilla ship heading for Gaza sails from Italy

    October 8, 2012 | 9:57 am

    A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza left from Italy.

    The Estelle, carrying 17 activists from countries including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Israel  and the United States, sailed from the port at Naples on Saturday. The...

  • Iraq cutting cooperation with U.S. over Jewish archives

    June 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Iraq said it is cutting archaeological cooperation with the United States because the U.S. has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives.

    Iraqi Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim is pushing for the return of the archives that were removed from Iraq following the 2003 U.S....

  • Meeting fails to solve Palestinian unity plans

    May 3, 2012 | 10:23 am

    A meeting in Cairo between representatives of Hamas and Fatah did not bring a Palestinian national unity government any closer.

    Khaled Mashaal, chief of Hamas, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed concluded a meeting Wednesday night that “produced nothing new,” the French news...

  • Israel strikes Gaza, retaliating for barrage

    March 21, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Israeli combat planes pounded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the worst barrage of rocket attacks on southern Israel in two years.

    The French news agency AFP and Israel Radio reported repeated strikes on the strip late Monday night.

    Israel Radio said that there were reports from...

  • Poland shelving property compensation plans

    March 14, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Poland is shelving plans to compensate former property owners—among them Holocaust survivors—for assets confiscated during the communist period.

    The announcement by Poland’s state treasury was met with “shock and dismay” by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, which represents...

  • Tunisian synagogue attack disputed

    February 2, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A Tunisian synagogue was not the target of arsonists, a Jewish leader asserted, contradicting another leader.

    Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi on Tuesday told the French news agency AFP that the synagogue in the southern Gabes region was burned Monday night by arsonists; he...

  • Letter from France:  An incendiary TV news report’s truthfulness is on trial

    By Shirli Sitbon

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Something unusual happened in the small 11th Appeals courtroom of Paris on Nov. 14. The footage used for a September 2000 report by French TV on the death of Mohammad al Dura in the Gaza Strip was screened and examined by a judge in a slander trial against an Internet site that had...
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