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New Zealand: John Key wins

New Zealand: John Key wins

SYDNEY  — John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe, won his third term as New Zealand prime minister.

Key, whose mother Ruth Lazar escaped Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, returned to office with an emphatic victory on Sept.20, enabling him to form a government without relying on coalition partners.

His National Party is projected to win 61 seats in the 121-member parliament, crushing the opposition Labor Party in large part thanks to its strong handling of the economy.

“I believe the Jewish community will be pleased with the result of yesterday’s election,” said Alison Dyson, president of the Jewish Federation of New Zealand.

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ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’

ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’WASHINGTON — Saying a nuclear Iran would be a “thousand times” greater threat to the world than ISIS, Israel’s ambassador to the US warned against including Iran in any coalition to derail the jihadist group. Ron Dermer, speaking Sept. 17 to guests at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence in suburban Maryland, also cautioned the US against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade ISIS. His urgent tone was the latest sign of a split between the Obama and Netanyah...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?WASHINGTON — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts. Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional pariah: Hamas. Calls are circulating in the US Congress to isolate Qatar — a state that has polished its pro-Western image in recent years, welcoming in foreign universities, backing the global news channel...
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How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identityWASHINGTON — Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial. Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage. The dangers facing Jewish journalists in the region became evident last week after the beheading of a dual American-Israeli citizen, Steven Sotloff, by the jihadist group Islamic State, or ISIS. It’s not known whether ISI...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 02:34 )

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Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!

Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany called for civic action to fight anti-Semitism following a wave of incidents this summer in her country. Merkel, speaking Sept. 6 on her weekly podcast on the Internet, urged the public to attend a national rally Sept. 14 at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate under the banner of “Stand up! Say no to anti-Semitism.” “I will personally do everything I can, as will my entire government, to ensure that anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance in our count...
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Raffi Wineburg Following the delay of several El Al flights after haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women, a New York rabbi and attorney claims that some of the airline’s policies may violate U.S. law. ... [Link]

White House rebukes Israel over eastern Jerusalem building

Ron Kampeas Israel’s go-ahead for new housing in eastern Jerusalem would “poison the atmosphere” and distance Israel from “even its closest allies,” the White House said. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The Palestinians will ask the United Nations Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz Two years after its opening, Dnepropetrovsk’s 22-story Menorah Center has become central to efforts to help Jewish refugees fleeing from fighting in the east. ... [Link]

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