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Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

WHAT did you do Sunday, July 20, 2014? Go to the mountains? Paint the spare bedroom? Mow the lawn? Stroll through the mall? Visit the grandchildren?

For Noémi Guiot, Sunday consummated a lifelong desire that has no birth date or expiration stamp.

The 17-year-old made aliyah to Israel, in the middle of a fierce war, to join the IDF.

“My parents are right-wing Zionists,” Noémi tells the IJN a few frenetic days before her Nefesh b’Nefesh charter flight. “I grew up with a love of Israel.

“And it’s been my dream since a very young age to serve in the military.”

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Pro-Israel rally at Capitol Sunday

Pro-Israel rally at Capitol SundayA statewide rally to support Israel has been called for 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the State Capitol. Americans against Terrorism, convenor of the rally, called on Coloradoans who support Israel’s right of self-defense to gather on the West steps of the Capitol. Spokesperson Tsivya Frieder said, “Israel’s ground campaign into Gaza is the only effective response in view of Hamas’ vow to keep firing rockets until it destroys Israel. In recent weeks more than 1,200 rockets have been fi...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 02:46 )

International

Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

Hundreds of Jews flee East UkraineDNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the bombed-out apartment in eastern Ukraine that his family fled last month as a tense standoff between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces escalated into urban warfare. L...
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Two Americans killed in Gaza

Two Americans killed in GazaBALTIMORE — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get together, maybe go to the beach. But Israel was in the midst of an escalating conflict with Hamas. “Bro’, hope this’ll be over soon, so we can meet up,” the Texas-born Carmeli wrote to Benisti in the...
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International

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISISTHE bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight. Yet we must not allow our justified concerns about ISIS to blind us to the even greater danger to regional security posed by a nuclear Iran. We must remember that a nuclear Iran could credibly threaten our allies with destruction — especially Israel,...
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Police fire at Jewish woman at Western Wall

Marcy Oster A Jewish woman who police said was dressed in blankets was shot in the leg by an officer at the entrance to the Western Wall area. ... [Link]

JNF raises $4M for portable bomb shelters

Anthony Weiss Keren Kayemeth L’Israel-Jewish National Fund has raised $4 million worldwide to provide portable bomb shelters for Israeli communities near the border with Gaza. ... [Link]

Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN

Marcy Oster Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

Marcy Oster Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

French JDL leader: Reports of ban on group are rumors

Cnaan Liphshiz A leader of France’s Jewish Defense League dismissed as rumors reports that officials were considering banning his far-right group. ... [Link]

Belgian doctor refuses to treat Jewish woman, citing Gaza conflict

Cnaan Liphshiz A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain. ... [Link]

Amsterdam apartment flying Israeli flag targeted with firebomb

Cnaan Liphshiz A Jewish woman who displayed an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam was targeted with a firebomb and death threats. ... [Link]

Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthpla... [Link]

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