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BBC defends mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza program

LONDON — The British Broadcasting Corporation defended its decision to translate the words of Gaza children saying that Israel was responsible for massacres rather than Jews.

The translation appears in subtitles that BBC editors prepared for the public broadcaster’s documentary “Children of the Gaza War” by Lyse Doucet, which was cleared for airing last week.

In one interview, a Gazan child says the “yahud” are massacring Palestinians. However, the subtitles read “Israel is massacring us.” The Arabic words for Jews and Israelis are pronounced “yahud” and “yisraelina,” respectively. The BBC in the past has offered a correct translation of the word “yahud.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penalty

Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penaltyShould the mentally ill convicted murderer of 12 human beings be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, or death? On July 16, the jury in the James Holmes trial handed down a unanimous verdict in record time — guilty on 24 counts of first-degree murder stemming from the July 20, 2012, massacre at an Aurora theater. Guilty verdicts also were rendered on 140 related charges of attempted murder.
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Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg case

Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg caseNEW YORK — Newly unsealed court records may provide fodder for those who believe Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, who were Jewish, were famously put to death in 1953 in Ossining, NY, for conspiring to share atomic secrets with the Soviet Union.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the making

Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the makingWASHINGTON — The road to the Iran nuclear deal did not start in November, 2013, when the major powers and Iran launched formal talks. It did not begin in 2010, when the US Congress passed the far-reaching Iran sanctions and the UN Security Council approved its own set of sanctions. Rather, the road to the deal secured last week, which will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, began decades earlier. Here are some highlights on the way to th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'

Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'CHICAGO — Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century. A recent statement from the International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the “titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews.” Along with the US, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
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Watchdog sees 53% rise in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Britain

Cnaan Liphshiz Rise likely caused by greater reporting, not prevelance, according to British Jewry’s CST group. ... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Sunni Arab nations are ‘allies’

Uriel Heilman The ministry’s director general, Dore Gold, made the remarks in a presentation on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration said the whole agreement is available to all on the Internet. ... [Link]

Radar survey uncovers Great Synagogue of Vilna remains

Julie Wiener Remains of the 17th-century synagogue discovered under the site, where a school now stands, include sections of the Great Synagogue and possible remnants of its mikvahs. ... [Link]

Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

Julie Wiener The attack near the Israeli border was said to be targeting a terrorist released from an Israeli prison in a 2008 swap with Hezbollah, but it was not known if he was killed. ... [Link]

Vatican opens exhibit on ties between Pope John Paul II and Jews

Marcy Oster At the opening, the chief rabbi of Rome recalled the pope’s historic 1986 visit to the city’s Great Synagogue. ... [Link]

Ukraine fiscal crisis leads to major setback for homegrown Jewish philanthropy

Cnaan Liphshiz The economic crisis, in light of the military conflict against Russian-backed rebels, has diminished a growing donor class and returned the Jewish community to a reliance on Western aid. ... [Link]

Munich upholds ban on Holocaust street memorials

Marcy Oster The City Council ignored a petition signed by 100,000 people calling for a lifting of the prohibition on the memorials known as stumbling blocks. ... [Link]

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