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El Al may be violating US law

NEW YORK — A New York rabbi-attorney claimed that some El Al Airlines’ policies may violate US law in the wake of delays on flights because haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women.

Rabbi Iris Richman, posting Sept. 30 on the Facebook page of Jewish Voices Together, cited a federal law that states, “An air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry.”

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Jewish caucus in Congress shrinks

Jewish caucus in Congress shrinksWASHINGTON — From 31 in 2009 to a likely 19 in January, the unofficial Jewish caucus in the US House of Representatives is shrinking fast. Jewish lawmakers have traditionally been the first stop for Jewish lobbyists seeking inroads for their issues, including Israel, the social safety net, and keeping church and state separate. Fewer Jewish lawmakers means the community could lose influence in areas where its voice has been preeminent. “The Jewish community is going to have to work harder...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:55 )

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Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it allJERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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Bloomberg snubs FAA flight ban

Bloomberg snubs FAA flight banWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration last week lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement just before midnight on...
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Two Americans killed in Gaza

Two Americans killed in GazaBALTIMORE — 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 the...
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Hundreds protest ‘Klinghoffer’ opening

Raffi Wineburg Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside New York’s Metropolitan Opera House Monday night to protest the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” ... [Link]

Jack the Ripper not necessarily Jewish

Julie Wiener Scientists are contending that a recent book identifying the serial killer as a Jewish barber was based on flawed DNA analysis. ... [Link]

Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian state on ’67 lines

Marcy Oster Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found. ... [Link]

Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

Marcy Oster Several public buses featuring photos of young women wearing kippot and prayer shawls were vandalized in Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Some Beit Shemesh lawmakers eye splitting city into haredi and non-haredi entities

Marcy Oster Opposition members of the Beit Shemesh City Council submitted a proposal to divide the community into haredi Orthodox and non-haredi municipalities. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli team hails ex-Knesset lawmaker accused of treason

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli soccer team honored a former Knesset lawmaker who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

mbrodsky The Florida trainer has earned the trust of NBAers like Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, as well as those reaching for the stars. ... [Link]

In Knesset, former protest leader Stav Shaffir follows the money

Ben Sales The youngest female legislator in Israeli history says budget transparency is the key to solving nearly every social problem — including Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

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