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Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

DNEPROPETROVSK, 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.

Like many Ukrainians, the boy has become inured to disturbing sights after months of violent conflict in his country.

Even after watching the video, Anatoly says he would rather be home — under fire, but with his friends and classmates. But his mother insists they are staying with relatives near Dnepropetrovsk, far from the battle zone, as long as the fighting persists.

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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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Synagogue firebombed near Paris

PARIS — A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. The firebomb went off late on July 11 at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported. On July 8, the day that Israel la...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Antwerp: ‘Slaughter Jews’ at anti-Israel protest

ANTWERP — Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended the July 12 protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.” The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day be...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcisionOSLO — The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act regulating ritual circumcision for boys. “The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo, told JTA. “I am proud of my parliament and country for making the right decision, that will put Norway on the path to becoming a place where neonatal ci...
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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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