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Murder in Argentina?

Murder in Argentina?

BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller.

Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to present evidence to Argentina’s congress that he said implicated his country’s president and foreign minister in a nefarious cover-up.

The charge? That the two agreed to whitewash Tehran’s role in the AMIA bombing in exchange for oil shipments to energy-hungry Argentina.

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Israel

Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'

Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'IN LESS than two months, Israel will once again hold national elections, potentially changing the political landscape of the Jewish state in significant ways. There might be surprises, since even those who know whereof they speak are finding it hard to prognosticate. One of those experts, former Member of Knesset Dr. Einat Wilf, smiled somewhat ironically when the Intermountain Jewish News asked her to prophesize.
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Local

Zeff gives IST, others $5 million

Zeff gives IST, others $5 millionJEWISHcolorado announced a gift of $5 million from Joyce Zeff. This unprecedented gift ensures that the organizations and programs close to Zeff continue to thrive. The gift is structured in three parts. The first $3 million creates a permanent endowment fund to benefit the Israel Study Tour (IST), one of the oldest Israel teen trips in the US.
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International

French Jewry 101

French Jewry 101NEW YORK — Last week’s deadly hostage siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris has French Jews (and some non-Jews) proclaiming “Je suis juif,” or “I am Jewish,” in solidarity with the four people killed in the attack. Who are the Jews of France? Here’s a primer. How many Jews are there in France? About 500,000, the most of any European nation and more than any other country in the world except for Israel and the US. How does that compare to other faith groups in the country?...
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National

Nations to unite against terrorism

Nations to unite against terrorismWASHINGTON — These are the lessons of the Paris attacks for American Jews and US law enforcement: Keep calm and cooperate. Enhanced communication between governments has been a key element of America’s counterterrorism successes since 9/11, experts say, and more is planned in the wake of last week’s attacks in France that left 17 dead. President Obama announced this week that Washington will host a summit on Feb. 18 aimed at improving communications between nations that are would be targ...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

At Tu b’Shvat, bidding to save a beloved tree

mbrodsky At the New Year of the Trees, columnist Edmon J. Rodman is going all out to save a lemon tree planted before his twins’ bar mitzvah a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

Uriel Heilman Down to about 1,500 Jews from 15,000 in 1959, the Cuban Jewish community continues to see the exodus of its younger and most active members to Israel. ... [Link]

When the office is a death camp

Ben Harris The 1.5 million annual visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum come and go. But for employees who report daily to one of the world’s most notorious killing fields, the job can be an emot... [Link]

Liberman orders party activists to distribute Charlie Hebdo for free

Ben Sales The directive comes after an Israeli bookstore canceled plans to sell the magazine in response to threats. ... [Link]

Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina

Ben Sales Damian Pachter of BuenosAiresHerald.com left Argentina for Israel, where he also has citizenship, after the threats and being followed, an Argentine journalists’ group said. ... [Link]

A month after Alan Gross’ arrival, a welcome-home party at his synagogue

Ron Kampeas At Alan Gross’ homecoming, tales of bottle cap jewelry and his first corned beef sandwich in five years. ... [Link]

Druze student beaten in Jerusalem

Ben Sales The 21-year-old victim said he was hit with glass and bottles after first being mocked for speaking Arabic. ... [Link]

Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank composes aliyah plan for 120,000 French Jews

Ben Sales The plan cited a rise in jihadist terror attacks and a difficult economy in Europe as causes of increased immigration. ... [Link]

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