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BBC defends mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza program

LONDON — The British Broadcasting Corporation defended its decision to translate the words of Gaza children saying that Israel was responsible for massacres rather than Jews.

The translation appears in subtitles that BBC editors prepared for the public broadcaster’s documentary “Children of the Gaza War” by Lyse Doucet, which was cleared for airing last week.

In one interview, a Gazan child says the “yahud” are massacring Palestinians. However, the subtitles read “Israel is massacring us.” The Arabic words for Jews and Israelis are pronounced “yahud” and “yisraelina,” respectively. The BBC in the past has offered a correct translation of the word “yahud.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penalty

Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penaltyShould the mentally ill convicted murderer of 12 human beings be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, or death? On July 16, the jury in the James Holmes trial handed down a unanimous verdict in record time — guilty on 24 counts of first-degree murder stemming from the July 20, 2012, massacre at an Aurora theater. Guilty verdicts also were rendered on 140 related charges of attempted murder.
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Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg case

Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg caseNEW YORK — Newly unsealed court records may provide fodder for those who believe Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, who were Jewish, were famously put to death in 1953 in Ossining, NY, for conspiring to share atomic secrets with the Soviet Union.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the making

Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the makingWASHINGTON — The road to the Iran nuclear deal did not start in November, 2013, when the major powers and Iran launched formal talks. It did not begin in 2010, when the US Congress passed the far-reaching Iran sanctions and the UN Security Council approved its own set of sanctions. Rather, the road to the deal secured last week, which will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, began decades earlier. Here are some highlights on the way to th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'

Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'CHICAGO — Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century. A recent statement from the International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the “titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews.” Along with the US, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
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Hungarian official booed off Jewish festival stage for defending disinvited singer

Julie Wiener The heckling came after Csaba Latorcai defended Maria Petras, who had been scheduled to appear at the festival but was disinvited amid allegations of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

Gabe Friedman The Sept. 8 match will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on Palestinian players. ... [Link]

NHL lawyer excels for league and family – can she make history?

mbrodsky Some foresee Jessica Berman, 37, as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. But the New Yorker may have made an even greater impact since her husband’s stroke. ... [Link]

Judge to dismiss RICO lawsuit against N.Y. Orthodox developer

Uriel Heilman A federal judge indicated that she will dismiss a federal racketeering lawsuit filed against an Orthodox Jewish developer building a housing development in the upstate New York village. ... [Link]

Auschwitz ‘showers’ for tourists cool off some, offend others

Gabe Friedman As temperatures neared 100 degrees, museum officials thought the mists of water were a good way to beat the heat. ... [Link]

Obama to Forward: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Tensions with Israel will not outlast the deal, the president said in is first interview with the Jewish media since his 2008 election. ... [Link]

New $3 million initiative for intermarried outreach honors Michael Douglas

Andrew Tobin The Genesis Prize Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network launched the matching grant program. ... [Link]

Slovenian synagogue named national cultural landmark

Marcy Oster The Maribor Synagogue, built in the 14th century or late 13th century, is among the oldest preserved synagogues in Europe. ... [Link]

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