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Two Americans killed in Gaza

Two Americans killed in Gaza

BALTIMORE — 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 their last Facebook exchange on July 15.

The wish went unfulfilled. Two days later, Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza as part of its ongoing Operation Protective Edge.

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Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby rulingWASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees. Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought against requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it is the president’s signature first-term legislation.
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Claims Conference considers its future

Claims Conference considers its futureNEW YORK — A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned. The panel was appointed last year following a scandal involving the Claims Conference’s failure to detect a $57 million fraud scheme there that persisted until 2009. It also recommended cutting in half the size of the board’s executive committee and the number ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29 )

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Three Jewish men run for Massachusetts governor

BOSTON — Steve Grossman, the former chair of AIPAC, will be one of two Jewish candidates for Massachusetts governor on the Democratic primary ballot. Grossman, the state’s treasurer and one-time head of the Democratic National Committee, and Dr. Don Berwick, a one-time pediatrician and former Medicare chief, qualified in voting by party delegates at the state’s Democratic convention held Saturday. A third Jewish candidate, Evan Falchuk, son of former Hadassah national president Nancy Fal...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:55 )

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Eric Cantor rose high, fell hard

Eric Cantor rose high, fell hardWASHINGTON — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority leader. He is the highest-ranking Jewish lawmaker in congressional history. But the meteoric rise of Cantor, 51, came to a screeching halt on Tuesday, June 10, when he was trounced in a major Republica...
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Writer Bel Kaufman dies at 103

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Ron Kampeas President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it oppo... [Link]

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Israeli inquiry finds U.S. school courtyard was empty when mortar hit

Marcy Oster A mortar fired by Israeli troops in the direction of a United Nations school in Gaza, did not cause casualties as was widely reported, Israel’s military said. ... [Link]

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine

Marcy Oster Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for peace in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine. ... [Link]

Brazil’s Jewish community head apologizes for Israeli spokesman’s remarks

Marcy Oster Brazil’s Jewish community apologized to the administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for statements by the spokesman of Israel’s foreign ministry after Brazil recalled its envo... [Link]

Madrid Jews vow legal action against author who justified expulsions

Cnaan Liphshiz The Jewish Community of Madrid said it would take legal steps against a celebrated writer who cited Israel’s Gaza operation in justifying past expulsions of Jews. ... [Link]

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