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Tragic fire in Brooklyn takes the lives of seven siblings

Tragic fire in Brooklyn takes the lives of seven siblings

NEW YORK — Even in a city accustomed to deadly fires, this one stood out for the sheer scale of the tragedy: seven children, ranging in age from five to 16, killed in the middle of the night after awakening from their Sabbath slumber to smoke and flames.

It was New York’s deadliest blaze since 2007, and there were only two survivors: mother Gayle Sassoon, 45, and daughter Tziporah, 15, who jumped from second-story windows to escape the flames sparked by a malfunctioning Shabbat hot plate in their home in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

The other children could be heard screaming from their rooms, but rescuers could not reach them in time.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:41 )

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Jewish liberals criticize Bibi

Jewish liberals criticize BibiWASHINGTON — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing escalating criticism and pressure from the White House, he could use some help from Israel’s erstwhile allies in the American Jewish community — especially those with sway in liberal and Democratic circles. But several leading Jewish liberal critics of Netanyahu are working to rally American Jewish opinion against him by stepping up their condemnations of the prime minister and calling on the US to ratchet up the pressure on Israe...
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Danforth: Wrong in Missouri

Danforth: Wrong in MissouriST. LOUIS — Former US Senator John Danforth chastised Missouri state political leaders for using anti-Semitism as a campaign tactic, which he said led to the suicide of a gubernatorial candidate. Danforth, a dean of Missouri’s Republican Party, spoke March 3 at the memorial service in Clayton, Mo., for Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri. Schweich, the state auditor, apparently killed himself shortly after telling journalists that a fellow party member was leading...
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Netanyahu’s stern warning to Congress

Netanyahu’s stern warning to CongressWASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the process. Netanyahu spoke before the US Congress on Tuesday, March 3, following a six-week buildup that spurred questions about the propriety of an Israeli prime minister using Congress as a platform for his views two weeks before elections in his country and resulted in a rupture, for now, betwe...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:20 )

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Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Pearl

PALM BEACH — James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl. The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Feb. 6 during the organization’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Foley, an Illinois native, was killed in Syria in August after being held hostage by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for nearly two y...
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War crimes complaint filed against Hamas in U.S.

Marcy Oster A Tel Aviv-based NGO filed the complaint on behalf of 26 American citizens over an attack for which Hamas claimed responsibility. ... [Link]

After the nuclear negotiators go home, what happens next?

Uriel Heilman If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it? What are Israel’s alternatives? How are the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks reshaping the Arab Middle East? ... [Link]

GW student gov’t addresses swastika incidents with request for added security

Marcy Oster A student senate resolution at George Washington University asked the school to install more security cameras in dorms. ... [Link]

Dermer: Israel must speak up on Iran threat

Marcy Oster Israel’s U.S. ambassador, making his first public comments since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, also reaffirmed strong U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Plans for 2,200 homes in Jerusalem Arab neighborhood gain preliminary approval

Marcy Oster The plans approved by an Interior Ministry committee in Israel also will retroactively approve 300 illegal Arab homes in the same neighborhood. ... [Link]

Iran talks deadline extended a day

Uriel Heilman “‎We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” a State Department official told reporters. “There are several difficult issues still remaining.” ... [Link]

From ‘80s to today, Israeli ‘family’ revels in close ties

mbrodsky A group of new immigrants to Israel, brought together by a shared army program, has stayed close for decades even with some members no longer in the country. ... [Link]

What biblical villain is Obama most like (besides Haman, of course)?

Julie Wiener Why, less than a week before Passover, did Rabbi Shlomo Riskin slam Obama with a Haman comparison rather than a Pharaoh one? ... [Link]

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