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New Zealand: John Key wins

New Zealand: John Key wins

SYDNEY  — John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe, won his third term as New Zealand prime minister.

Key, whose mother Ruth Lazar escaped Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, returned to office with an emphatic victory on Sept.20, enabling him to form a government without relying on coalition partners.

His National Party is projected to win 61 seats in the 121-member parliament, crushing the opposition Labor Party in large part thanks to its strong handling of the economy.

“I believe the Jewish community will be pleased with the result of yesterday’s election,” said Alison Dyson, president of the Jewish Federation of New Zealand.

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International

ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’

ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’WASHINGTON — Saying a nuclear Iran would be a “thousand times” greater threat to the world than ISIS, Israel’s ambassador to the US warned against including Iran in any coalition to derail the jihadist group. Ron Dermer, speaking Sept. 17 to guests at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence in suburban Maryland, also cautioned the US against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade ISIS. His urgent tone was the latest sign of a split between the Obama and Netanyah...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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International

Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?WASHINGTON — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts. Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional pariah: Hamas. Calls are circulating in the US Congress to isolate Qatar — a state that has polished its pro-Western image in recent years, welcoming in foreign universities, backing the global news channel...
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International

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identityWASHINGTON — Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial. Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage. The dangers facing Jewish journalists in the region became evident last week after the beheading of a dual American-Israeli citizen, Steven Sotloff, by the jihadist group Islamic State, or ISIS. It’s not known whether ISI...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 02:34 )

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Israel

Israeli Arabs fear discrimination

BEERSHEBA, Israel — Handcuffed to a wooden chair in the middle of the night, Rafat Awaysha still wasn’t sure what crime he had committed. He had announced a demonstration against the war in Gaza in a July 11 Facebook post. Soon afterward, he received a call from the police, who came to his dormitory and took him in for questioning. Released after an hour, Awaysha, the head of the Arab-Israeli Balad party student group at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, thought the ordeal was over. But ...
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Cambodian man jailed for killing Dutch Jewish U.N. worker, daughter

Cnaan Liphshiz Chea Phin, 35, confessed to killing Daphna Beerdsen, 31, and Dana Beerdsen, 2, in April in their home in the Cambodian capital by stabbing them. ... [Link]

Paris suburb honors jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti

Cnaan Liphshiz CRIF, the umbrella of France’s Jewish communities, wrote to Aubervilliers Mayor Pascal Beaudet to protest the decision to honor Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for acts o... [Link]

Hamas prevents orphans from entering Israel for coordinated visit

Marcy Oster Hamas prevented 37 Palestinian children orphaned in Israel’s summer operation in Gaza from entering Israel for a visit coordinated by the country’s Kibbutz Movement. ... [Link]

Arab countries ban release of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Marcy Oster Egypt’s culture minister called it a “Zionist film.” ... [Link]

DCJCC chief: Theater J head Ari Roth not fired over politics

Marcy Oster CEO Carole Zawatsky said that Roth had indicated to management that the current season was his last and had begun a new venture while still employed by the JCC. ... [Link]

For a Jewish baseball purist, Cuba beckons

Julie Wiener A Canada-based baseball fan who has befriended and assisted Cuban ball players is fundraising to honor the nation’s Hall of Famers and is gearing up for his 30th trip to the island. ... [Link]

5 poker tips from champ Ari Engel

Uriel Heilman A professional poker player who has grossed an average of $500,000 per year over the last decade offers some key advice for players. ... [Link]

For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage

Uriel Heilman Winning one recent tournament, this son of an Orthodox rabbi took home $136,500. Engel estimates that he has grossed $5 million playing poker over the last decade. ... [Link]

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