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Refugee crisis: Israeli doctors pluck children from the water

Refugee crisis: Israeli doctors pluck children from the water

LESBOS, Greece — As the small rubber dinghy crowded with Syrians and Afghans emerged from the midnight-black sea to land on a desolate pebble beach, the first people to greet the bewildered and frightened refugees were two Israelis.

“Does anyone need a doctor?” Majeda Kardosh, 27, a nurse from Nazareth, shouted repeatedly in Arabic as the asylum seekers scrambled ashore amid cries of celebration and tears of relief at surviving the short but perilous crossing from Turkey to this Greek island.

Her team partner, Tali Shaltiel, 31, a physician from Jerusalem, stood knee deep in the water, helping a shivering 4-year-old girl out of her wet clothes and a pair of inflatable armbands that would have provided little protection had the overloaded boat capsized at sea.


Greek minister resigns after hateful tweets

Greek minister resigns after hateful tweetsATHENS — A minister in the new Greek government has resigned less than 48 hours after being appointed over an outcry about a series of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets. Dimitris Kammenos of the Independent Greeks Party had been appointed deputy transport minister following the Sept. 20 election. The Independent Greeks are the junior coalition partner in the government of the far-left Syriza party.

Money, memory meet at Auschwitz

Money, memory meet at AuschwitzCRACOW — Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling complex in southern Poland that encompasses the largest and most notorious Nazi death camp. More than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there.

Boulder echo: Nablus unworthy of Norwegian city

OSLO — A local politician in Stavanger, Norway, called on his municipality to sever its sister city partnership with Nablus over the latter’s glorification of Palestinian terrorism. In the aftermath of a recent report by Palestinian Media Watch that Nablus named a city square after terrorist Naif Abu Sharakh, Stavanger Councilman Mats Danielsen told the Rogalands Avis newspaper, “Our friendship cities should share our values, norms, and customs. This is proof of the contrary. Our sister N...

Melbourne Chabad rabbi steps down amid child sex abuse scandal

SYDNEY — The chief rabbi at Chabad headquarters in Melbourne resigned, apologizing for his conduct toward victims of child sexual abuse and their families. “I recognize that my conduct towards victims and their families did not demonstrate . . . behavior to the extent necessary of a rabbi in my position,” Rabbi Tzvi Telsner wrote in an open letter Tuesday, Sept. 1. “We all must be aware of how our words and actions impact on others and therefore would like to take this opportunity to a...
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Police officers injured in Israeli-Arab riot in Jaffa

Marcy Oster Clashes between the protesters and police took place during a pro-Palestinian demonstration that turned into a riot in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish and Arab city in central Israel. ... [Link]

Facebook to launch Israeli-made satellite to bring Internet access to Africa

Marcy Oster The AMOS-6 satellite is being built by Israel Aerospace Industries and will be operated by the Israeli company Spacecom, in partnership with Eutelsat Communications of France. ... [Link]

Sanders campaign apologizes for ejecting pro-Palestinian group from rally

Marcy Oster Members of the Boston Students for Justice in Palestine held a sign reading: “Will Ya #Feel The Bern 4 Palestine??!” ... [Link]

Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

Marcy Oster Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed tonight!!! Finally!” ... [Link]

Netanyahu, at site of Israeli couple’s murder, calls for W. Bank security cameras

Marcy Oster The prime minister also called for an investigation of the Palestinian shopkeepers who spit at and kicked Adele Bennett, who had been stabbed and was bleeding, as she called for help. ... [Link]

2 Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Marcy Oster The Israel Defense Forces said that the boy, 13, was shot in error as soldiers attempted to quell a riot. ... [Link]

Homes of Palestinian attackers razed in terror crackdown

Marcy Oster The demolition orders were issued to the families of the terrorists last year; the three terrorists were killed at the time of their attacks. ... [Link]

Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

Marcy Oster Rubin is the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress. ... [Link]

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