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Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

GUATEMALA CITY — Members of the controversial haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village following religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

Over 200 members of the community began leaving Aug. 28 after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members.

The move is one of many recent disruptions for the group, which has been targeted with child abuse allegations in Canada.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:22 )

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Israel

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

During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for supportTEL 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,’ ” Kleym...
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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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Museum turns Nazi-looted painting to wall to raise money for restitution

Marcy Oster The Wiesbaden Museum has hung the 19th century painting backwards, in a bid to raise public awareness and also the $118,000 it needs to buy the painting from its rightful heirs, ... [Link]

Israeli police kill suspect in Temple Mount activist assassination attempt

Marcy Oster The suspect, identified as Muataz Hijazi, an operative for the terror group Islamic Jihad, spent 10 years in Israeli prison for past involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

Israel closes Temple Mount to Muslims, Jews after attempted assassination

Marcy Oster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure of the holy site hours after Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was shot at close range outside of the Begin Center in Jerusalem, a “... [Link]

Israeli, U.S. national security advisers meet amid tensions

Ron Kampeas The U.S. and Israeli national security advisers will meet, demonstrating an “unprecedented level” of security cooperation, the White House said. ... [Link]

Malala Yousafzai gives $50K to Gaza school reconstruction

Anthony Weiss Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai announced that she would donate $50,000 in prize money to a United Nations agency to rebuild damaged schools in Gaza. ... [Link]

Jewish group wants Netanyahu attacker ‘held to account’

Ron Kampeas A major Jewish American policy group called on the White House to “hold to account” an anonymous official who slurred Benjamin Netanyahu, while another declared the matter closed. ... [Link]

SodaStream to shut West Bank factory

Marcy Oster The manufacturer of home soft drink machines, a target of the BDS movement after it recruited Scarlett Johansson as a spokeswoman, said closing the factory would result in a $9 million savings in prod... [Link]

Temple Mount activist seriously injured in Jerusalem shooting

Marcy Oster Rabbi Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Faithful organization, was shot three times in the chest and stomach in an apparent assassination attempt. ... [Link]

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