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Pollard quid pro quo?

Pollard quid pro quo?

TEL AVIV — When the US frees convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in November, many in Israel will celebrate the moment for which they have fought and hoped. What Pollard’s release won’t do, officials and analysts say, is make most Israelis feel any better about the nuclear deal with Iran.

Pollard, who was convicted in 1985 of sending classified information to Israel while working at the US Department of Defense, will be released on parole in November, AP reported Tuesday, July 28.


Jewish lawmakers ponder Iran deal

Jewish lawmakers ponder Iran dealWASHINGTON — Turn off the ads, turn down the noise and read, listen and consult. That’s what five key Jewish lawmakers say they are planning for the five to seven weeks they have to contemplate their vote on the Iran nuclear deal. There are 28 Jews in Congress, but seven are undecided and in positions of influence as lawmakers consider an agreement that grants Iran sanctions relief in exchange for nuclear restrictions on its nuclear program.

CNN poll: Americans oppose deal

WASHINGTON — A slight majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, a CNN poll found. The poll published Tuesday, July 28, showed that 52% of respondents wanted Congress to reject the deal and 44% wanted it approved. The phone poll of 1,017 adults, conducted by ORC International between July 22 and 25, has a margin of error of three percentage points. Congress has until mid-September to decide whether or not to approve the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions dea...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:50 )


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 massa...

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


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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Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

Jas Chana Rabbi Mark Mallach explains why his synagogue is celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on one day. ... [Link]

Why Israelis are fearing a third intifada

Ben Sales The slow-burning Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flamed up in the past week with a series of terror attacks, but it has happened before. ... [Link]

What became of Holocaust survivor thought a victim?

mbrodsky A Brazilian man’s discovery at a Polish museum launches a search for his great-aunt’s family; maybe even his great-aunt. ... [Link]

Italian synagogue damaged in severe storm

mbrodsky Some of the windows were shattered and pictures showed glass littering the interior of the sanctuary in Tuscany. ... [Link]

Funerals held for 2 Jerusalem stabbing victims

mbrodsky Thousands attended the rites in Jerusalem for a 41-year-old rabbi and 22-year-old soldier killed in an Old City terrorist attack. ... [Link]

PA condemns Israel for killing 2 Palestinian attackers

Marcy Oster The Palestinian Authority said the international community must intervene without noting that the Palestinian men were killed in the wake of attacks on Jewish-Israelis. ... [Link]

Israeli officer removed after soldiers destroy journalists’ cameras

Marcy Oster Two photographers for the French news agency AFP were filming a Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Israeli army: Palestinian boy shot himself while playing with gun

Marcy Oster The family had claimed that a Jewish-Israeli driver in the West Bank had stopped his car and shot the 6-year-old in the stomach before fleeing. ... [Link]

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