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Four hostages killed in siege at kosher grocery in Paris

Four hostages killed in siege at kosher grocery in Paris

Several hostages were killed as simultaneous police raids on Friday ended the two hostage crises in Paris, one of which was at a kosher supermarket.

The raids also left all of the captors dead, including the two brothers suspected with perpetrating Wednesday’s attack at Charlie Hebdo.

The hostage situation at Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, began at 1 p.m. local time Friday, when the store is usually full of Jewish shoppers preparing for Shabbat, according to Chlomik Zenouda, vice president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

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Change in attitude toward African Hebrew Israelites

Change in attitude toward African Hebrew IsraelitesDIMONA — Yitzchok Elefant ascended the stage in his black hat and coat and turned to face an auditorium full of people in flowing white shirts and pants with matching scarves and caps. Standing beneath a banner reading “A tribute to his majesty, our spiritual leader, the prince of peace, Ben Ammi,” Elefant, the haredi Orthodox chief rabbi of this small southern town, delivered a eulogy on Sunday, Jan. 4, for Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, the leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. B...
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Israel

Israel, Japan forge closer ties

Israel, Japan forge closer tiesTOKYO — Reading his Japanese-language newspaper over breakfast, Rabbi Mendy Sudakevich spotted an ad for a self-help DVD titled “Get rich like the Jews.” “Almost anywhere else in the world, such an ad” — published in several widely read Japanese dailies — “would have been deemed anti-Semitic incitement,” noted Sudakevich, an Israel-born Chabad emissary who settled in Tokyo in 2000. But in Japan, he and others said, it’s something akin to a compliment. “[T]he takeaway is ...
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Aliyah reaches 10-year high; France leads

JERUSALEM — Immigration to Israel reached a 10-year high in 2014. Approximately 26,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel last year, according to figures released Dec. 31 by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. The number marked a 32% increase in worldwide aliyah over the previous year, which saw about 20,000 new arrivals. For the first time, according to the Jewish Agency, more immigrants came from France than from any other country. Nearly 7,000...
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Pro-Israel groups answer anti-Israel RTD ad

Pro-Israel groups answer anti-Israel RTD adA coalition of three pro-Israel grassroots groups have stepped forward to answer the anti-Israel advertisement currently running on Denver buses. The ad was paid for by supporters of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement that targets Israel politically. The ad depicts an Arab woman sitting in ruins with the title: “Israel’s War Crimes. Your tax dollars at work.” The response ads were organized locally by Americans Against Terrorism.
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Cruz, Zeldin press State Dept. on funding for group working on Israeli election

Ron Kampeas “There appears to be a danger that U.S. taxpayer funds are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election,” the two lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry.... [Link]

Prosecutor: Only Nisman DNA found at scene of his death

Marcy Oster The prosecutor heading the probe into Alberto Nisman’s shooting death said testing was performed on clothes, as well as the gun, pistol magazine, bullets and shell casing. ... [Link]

Polish strongmen partner with group moving Jewish headstones

Cnaan Liphshiz From the Depths and the Polish Strongman Federation launched their cooperation when two federation members helped move headstones for a Warsaw resident. ... [Link]

Reports: CIA, Mossad collaborated in ’08 killing of Hezbollah’s Mughniyeh

Ron Kampeas The Washington Post and Newsweek revealed the extent of the cooperation ahead of the 2008 killing of the Hezbollah operations chief blamed for an array of terrorist attacks. ... [Link]

Top House Foreign Affairs leaders urge Kerry to cut P.A. funding

Ron Kampeas Leaders from both parties on the committee urged the secretary of state to suspend U.S. funding until the Palestinian Authority withdraws from the International Criminal Court. ... [Link]

Serbian president called on to apologize for Holocaust Day remarks

Ron Kampeas Serbian human rights groups called on Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to apologize for saying at a Holocaust commemoration that Nazis targeted Jews because of their over-representation in “pr... [Link]

At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

Marcy Oster The student senate’s nonbinding resolution was passed a couple of days before the two swastikas were spray-painted on Alpha Epsilon Pi’s off-campus house. ... [Link]

Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence to step down

Marcy Oster Lawrence, who currently is serving his fifth academic year as president, is one of the country’s leading experts in civil rights and the eighth president of Brandeis University. ... [Link]

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