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Hirsi Ali among three Muslim women to receive Lantos Prize

Hirsi Ali among three Muslim women to receive Lantos Prize

WASHINGTON — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights activist and politician who has been publicly critical of Islam, is one of three female leaders of Muslim heritage to be awarded the Lantos Human Rights Prize.

The prizes were awarded Dec. 10 in Washington, DC.

A best-selling author, Hirsi Ali is a survivor of childhood abuse and violence, including female genital mutilation. She fled a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she completed her education and rose from being a maid and translator to an elected member of the Dutch Parliament.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:06 )

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Rabbis in Agunah ring sentenced

NEW YORK — A New York rabbi who participated in a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces has been sentenced to 38 months in prison. Martin Wolmark, 57, of Monsey, was sentenced Monday, Dec. 14, in a US District Court in Trenton, NJ, AP reported. Wolmark was one of nine people, two of them Orthodox rabbis, convicted for their roles in the ring, which kidnapped and tortured recalcitrant husbands. According to Halachah, or Jewish law, a woman...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:07 )

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San Bernardino victim was 'messianic Gentile' supporting Israel

San Bernardino victim was 'messianic Gentile' supporting IsraelNEW YORK — Pictured on his Facebook page wearing a scarf-style tallit prayer shawl, Nicholas Thalasinos, who was killed along with 13 others in last week’s shooting at a San Bernardino center for people with disabilities, has been variously identified in media reports as a Jew, a Zionist and, in some cases, a messianic Jew. Just two weeks ago, Thalasinos reportedly got into a heated argument about the nature of Islam with co-worker Syed Farook, who perpetrated the horrific San Bernardino at...
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International

Berenson returns to US after 20-year ordeal in Peru

LIMA, Peru — Lori Berenson, the Jewish New Yorker whose imprisonment in Peru for aiding leftist rebels became a cause célèbre, is returning to the US after 20 years. Police escorted Berenson, 46, through the Lima airport on her way back to the US on Dec. 2. She was carrying her six-year-old son, Salvador, from her marriage to her attorney, Anibal Apari. The couple has divorced. In 1995, Berenson was convicted of treason by a panel of military judges for aiding leftist rebels in a plot to o...
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Jordon Perlmutter dies

Jordon Perlmutter diesShock waves permeated the Jewish community as news was announced last Sunday, Dec. 6, that Jordon Perlmutter had passed away. On rare occasion, an epic passing strikes our community, which, from one end to the other, seems to walk through the coming days in a daze.
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John Tishman, whose company built World Trade Center and other skyscrapers, dies

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3 Arab-Israeli MKs suspended for meeting with terrorists’ families

Julie Wiener CORRECTION: This article stated incorrectly that 90 Knesset members had voted in favor of a bill that would allow lawmakers to be suspended or expelled for engaging in inappropriate behavior. In fact... [Link]

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