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Tales from the front that warm the heart

Tales from the front that warm the heart

JERUSALEM — Perhaps with the worries about rockets flying and death tolls mounting during the Gaza operation, many lost sight of different stories from the conflict. Here are some you may have missed in recent days.

Meet Lt. Eitan, hero

Israelis held their collective breath after learning that an Israeli soldier was believed to have been taken captive through one of the tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel.

Lt. Hadar Goldin was later declared dead based on several factors. One consideration included the partial remains that had been snatched from the kidnappers by a soldier identified as 2nd Lt. Eitan.

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International

Germany: Jews quit interfaith council

Germany: Jews quit interfaith councilBERLIN — The Jewish community of Frankfurt dropped out of the German city’s interfaith Council of Religions, saying it failed to condemn anti-Israel statements by local Islamic leaders. Leo Latasch, the head of social affairs for the Jewish community, cited the council failing to censure statements made by members of the Islamic Religious Association of Hessen. “These are not people with whom we can continue to work,” Latasch told Germany’s Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine....
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IJN wins six Rockower awards in Jewish journalism

IJN wins six Rockower awards in Jewish journalismThe Intermountain Jewish News won six Rockower Awards in the 2014 competition sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. The awards for excellence in Jewish journalism will be presented in November when the AJPA holds its annual conference and awards banquet in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. The IJN’s centennial edition, “100 Years” (June 24, 2013) won first place for Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements. An...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:37 )

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Local

Blood marrow drive for local 14-year-old battling rare form of leukemia

Blood marrow drive for local 14-year-old battling rare form of leukemiaTHE Denver community is urged to attend a bone marrow match drive for 14-year-old Daniel Hailpern on Sunday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Denver Jewish Day School, 2450 S. Wabash St. Daniel has acute promyelocytic (M3) leukemia, or APML, an exceptionally rare and aggressive form of the disease. Bright, friendly, athletic and a devout football fan, Daniel would like to become commissioner of the NFL in the future. Locating a compatible donor for a bone marrow transplant — his best option for a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:49 )

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Israel

At ceasefire: Taking stock of gains and losses

At ceasefire: Taking stock of gains and losses*UPDATE* On Friday, August 8, 2014, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel, choosing not to extend the 72-hour ceasefire. Several hours later Israel responded with an air strike. JERUSALEM — Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over — or nearly so — it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers. Who won the war? Perhaps more than the other two Gaza conflicts in the last six years, Israel is the clear winner this time. The Israel Defense Forces dealt a serious blow to Hama...

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 August 2014 07:49 )

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U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

Ron Kampeas The United States and Israel will maintain “unprecedented coordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White House said after a summit of the two nation’s security advisers. ... [Link]

U.S. officials banned from Old City on Friday

Ron Kampeas U.S. government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. ... [Link]

Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

Julie Wiener Haaretz, often described as Israel’s New York Times, didn’t do itself any favors Thursday when it published a cartoon featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into the World Trad... [Link]

Peruvians arrest alleged Hezbollah operative

Ron Kampeas Israeli media reported that he allegedly was planning an attack on Jewish targets in Peru. ... [Link]

Top U.N. official urges Security Council to address Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ron Kampeas His remarks could signal a readiness by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to champion a Palestinian bid for statehood in the wake of collapsed peace talks. ... [Link]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

Ron Kampeas The secretary of state said the derogatory reference by an anonymous White House staffer is damaging and does not reflect the president or himself. ... [Link]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers after it was closed in the wake of an assassination attempt on a Jewish activist. ... [Link]

Nathaniel Melnitsky gets real-world medical training in Guatemala

Raffi Wineburg The Florida teenager not only helped set up a clinic for poor people in Guatemala, he even gave eye exams and ran some tests like an EKG. ... [Link]

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