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Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace

LONDON — Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

“In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead,” read the statement issued last week by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain.

Called “unprecedented” by the London-based Jewish Chronicle, the statement also contends that “the targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions.”

The statement condemned “any expression of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism,” including during rallies and on social media.

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Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politicsLOS ANGELES — When Rep. Henry Waxman, who will turn 75 in September, retires at the end of this year after 46 years in elected office, it will mark more than just the end of a storied career as one of the most prolific lawmakers in Congress. It will also draw the curtain on a generation of Jewish politicians in Los Angeles. In 2012, Waxman’s longtime friend and ally Rep. Howard Berman lost his reelection battle to fellow Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting left them competing for the sam...
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Israel

Not all is well in US-Israel relations

Not all is well in US-Israel relationsJERUSALEM — Not all is well in the US-Israel relationship. Somehow, the 50 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas frayed ties between Washington and Jerusalem. How did this happen? In part, the contretemps stems from the divergent ways that the Israeli and US administrations view the Gaza war. Here is where each side is coming from: In the eyes of the US administration

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 September 2014 07:19 )

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International

Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan villageGUATEMALA 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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