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Dutch soccer team ditches Israeli player for Abu Dhabi match

Dutch soccer team ditches Israeli player for Abu Dhabi match

THE HAGUE — A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender.

Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team Vitesse from Arnhem over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal on Jan. 4 to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams.

In a statement on Monday, Jan. 6, Israel’s embassy in the Hague wrote, “Such discrimination in sports is regrettable when sports should be beyond politics.”

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Marriage in Israel: Who decides?

Marriage in Israel: Who decides?JERUSALEM — To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a midlevel bureaucrat named Itamar Tubul. Tubul, 35, is the soft-spoken rabbi who heads the Chief Rabbinate’s personal status di...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:21 )

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Hateful salutes in France

Hateful salutes in France PARIS — Amid a public debate in France over an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture, French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered in March 2012. The photo, which was published this week on the website of the television channel France 3, shows a man wearing a shirt featuring a portrait of Yasir Arafat in front of the Ohr Torah school. The man is seen is holding his left palm outstretched over his right shoulder — a gesture ...
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Will Pollard, Gross follow in wake of Ostreicher?

Will Pollard, Gross follow in wake of Ostreicher?WHILE an air of mystery surrounds the details of Jewish businessman Jacob Ostreicher’s return to US soil after being held for more than two years in Bolivia, the involvement of legislators and a high-profile celebrity in his case may shed some light on the conditions that could lead to the freedom of other high-profile Jewish prisoners, such as Jonathan Pollard (US), Alan Gross (Cuba) and Ilya Farber (Russia). Ostreicher, a 54-year-old Brooklyn native, traveled to Bolivia in December, 2010 to...
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Eight-year sentence for abuse in Australia

Eight-year sentence for abuse in AustraliaSYDNEY — A former security guard at a Chabad school in Melbourne was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping one boy and sexually abusing eight others. David Samuel Cyprys, 45, must serve a minimum of 5 1/2 years in prison, according to the sentence handed down last Friday, Dec. 20, by County Court of Victoria Judge Peter Wischusen. Cyprys worked as a security guard at Yeshivah College when he perpetrated sex crimes between 1983 and 1991. He was found guilty earlier this year of raping...
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Gap in peace talks wide, Palestinian official says

Cnaan Liphshiz A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without an agreement to resume peace talks, a Palestinian official said. ... [Link]

Israeli mosque entrance torched in suspected price tag attack

Cnaan Liphshiz Israeli police are investigating the torching of the entrance to a mosque in northern Israel and the spraying of anti-Arab slogans on its walls. ... [Link]

Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

Cnaan Liphshiz A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported. ... [Link]

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