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During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

TEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier.

The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was sitting in a Tel Aviv cafe on furlough: The fallen soldier was her friend, Texas native Sean Carmeli.

“I asked Sean’s last name and said ‘please don’t be Carmeli, please don’t be Carmeli,’ ” Kleyman said. “You find this out and don’t know what to do with yourself. I didn’t know how to handle it. You feel it because you know that you’re one of them.”

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International

Mumbai Chabad house to reopen

MUMBAI — The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen. Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, was rededicated Tuesday, Aug. 26. A series of attacks in the Indian city in November, 2008 by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe. Chabad emissaries Gabriel and R...
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Local

Activists invade JEWISHcolorado

Activists invade JEWISHcoloradoLAST week, a Jewish group entered JEWISHcolorado on false pretenses and delivered a petition demanding that the national federation system make an immediate public statement to end “the siege of Gaza.” Five or more members of Front Range Jewish Voice for Peace, a staunchly pro-Palestinian faction, also recited Kaddish for Palestinians killed in the conflict. They did not offer up the solemn prayer for dead Israelis. Janet Sherman, JEWISHcolorado’s director of the JCRC and Israel engagem...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 08:20 )

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International

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboards

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboardsSYDNEY — Campaign billboards in New Zealand were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs about Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe. Ahead of the election on Sept. 20, several billboards were daubed last week, the local media reported. One billboard was scrawled with the words “Lying Jew c***sucker” and defaced the image of Key with a black hat and sidelocks. Key, the leader of the conservative National Party, is seeking a third term in office. “I just find it disa...
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Israel

What’s worse than Hamas?

What’s worse than Hamas?TEL AVIV — After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day. For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a territory, maintains a social service wing and controls smaller, more extremist factions. Through mediators, Hamas and Israel have reached agreements in 2011 and 2012, and are negotiating another one now in Cai...
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JTA News

From Golden Dawn to terror tunnel, a glossary for 5774

Julie Wiener There may be no Official JTA Dictionary, but we couldn’t help but notice a number of new words and terms come into Jewish parlance since last Rosh Hashanah. ... [Link]

Arab Bank never financed terrorism, its lawyer tells Brooklyn trial

Raffi Wineburg A lawyer for Arab Bank, which is accused of providing financial services to Hamas, told a Brooklyn federal court that the bank never helped finance terrorism. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Nuclear Iran is a ‘thousand times’ more dangerous than ISIS

Ron Kampeas Israeli officials are cautioning the United States against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade ISIS. ... [Link]

At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

mbrodsky Columnist Edmon J. Rodman on his bid to fit in at his L.A. shul — and not to stand out on a day when God takes note of us. ... [Link]

Israeli NGO delivering aid to Christian, Yazidi refugees in Iraq

Marcy Oster IsraAID, an Israeli nongovernmental relief organization, is delivering urgent humanitarian aid to Christian and Yazidi refugees who have fled to Iraq’s Kurdish region. ... [Link]

Hasidic candidate loses in New York statewide race

Julie Wiener A man believed to be the first Hasidic candidate to run for any statewide office conceded in a close race for the New York State Assembly. ... [Link]

AJC urges Bolivian president to stem rising tide of anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster The American Jewish Committee called on Bolivian President Eva Morales to halt the rise of violent anti-Semitism in his country. ... [Link]

1,200-year-old Jewish prayer book on display in Jerusalem

Julie Wiener A Jewish prayer book believed to be the world’s oldest will be exhibited in Jerusalem for one month. ... [Link]

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