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Synagogue firebombed near Paris

PARIS — A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza.

The firebomb went off late on July 11 at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.

No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.

On July 8, the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, a man described as having a Middle Eastern appearance pepper-sprayed a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station, BNVCA also reported.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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International

Antwerp: ‘Slaughter Jews’ at anti-Israel protest

ANTWERP — Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended the July 12 protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.” The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day be...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Denver Jewry rallies for Israel

Denver Jewry rallies for IsraelTHE 1,000-seat Temple Emanuel sanctuary was filled to overflowing for an Israel solidarity rally, Monday, July 14. The rally was organized by JEWISHcolorado and the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. It was co-sponsored by many community organizations, including two in Colorado Springs. JEWISHcolorado President and CEO Doug Seserman noted that this was the third time in three weeks that the community had come together on behalf of Israel. The first event was a vigil, June 24 at the Loup JCC fo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 02:38 )

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Israel

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operationIsrael launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.” The operation is limited for now to tanks targeting ten tunnels in Gaza, the IDF said.
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Battle for US Senate: Udall vs. Gardner

Battle for US Senate: Udall vs. GardnerAre Mark Udall and Cory Gardner really two mean and nasty guys? One might think so, based on the wrath they regularly hurl at one another via the Internet, television ads and social media in the course of their increasingly heated campaign for a US Senate seat from Colorado. To hear Republican challenger Gardner tell it, Democratic incumbent Udall is a bleeding heart liberal, a reflexive opponent of big business, a foreign policy bumbler who virtually always walks “in lockstep” with Presid...
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Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

Marcy Oster Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hollywood hate, endogamy blues, Silicon Wadi?

Talia Lavin JTA sums up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Roman Vishniac archive chronicling pre-Shoah Eastern Europe goes online

Marcy Oster An archive of photographs taken by Roman Vishniac is available online. ... [Link]

Israeli toddler riding in car hurt in West Bank rock throwing

Marcy Oster An Israeli toddler traveling in a car in the West Bank was injured by rocks thrown by masked Palestinians. ... [Link]

Netanyahu’s plummeting poll numbers

Ben Sales How did Bibi’s approval ratings drop from 82 percent to 38 percent in just a month? ... [Link]

State Dept. calls for due process for U.S. citizen held in Israel

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department called for the speedy resolution to the case of a U.S. citizen being held in an Israeli jail. ... [Link]

Family of N.J. yeshiva student missing in Israel offers reward

Marcy Oster The family of a yeshiva student from New Jersey who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest has offered a $28,000 reward for his return. ... [Link]

Zara clothing chain apologizes for selling striped shirt with Star of David

Marcy Oster The international clothing chain Zara apologized for selling a blue-and-white-striped shirt with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest. ... [Link]

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