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Global community condemns kidnapping crime

Global community condemns kidnapping crime

TEL AVIV — Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers.

Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task.

The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread its forces across the West Bank to search for the teens. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop at nothing to find Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.

But the effort is taking place amid an increasingly complicated period in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:31 )

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National

Eric Cantor rose high, fell hard

Eric Cantor rose high, fell hardWASHINGTON — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority leader. He is the highest-ranking Jewish lawmaker in congressional history. But the meteoric rise of Cantor, 51, came to a screeching halt on Tuesday, June 10, when he was trounced in a major Republica...
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National

Liberal Carolina Jews speak up

Liberal Carolina Jews speak upRALEIGH — It was a hot Monday afternoon, but Judy Katzin was standing on the grassy mall outside the North Carolina State Capitol beside the Carolina Jews for Justice banner, as she has many times. Katzin was among hundreds of activists of diverse backgrounds who had come to participate in the week’s Moral Monday protest. This time, however, she had brought a pair of new voices — her grandsons, Carson and Noah Merenbloom. “Most of North Carolina is so conservative,” said Noah, 15. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:27 )

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Israel

Israel elects a new president: Rivlin

Israel elects a new president: RivlinJERUSALEM — Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal. Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, June 10, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres. Considered a Likud elder statesman, Rivlin was one of five candidates running for the largely ceremonial post chosen by the parliament every seven ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:27 )

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International

Pope, Peres and Abbas in the Vatican

Pope, Peres and Abbas in the VaticanJERUSALEM — PA President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis. Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday, June 8, at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with no political intentions. Abbas, Peres and the pope planted an olive tree in Vatican Garden following prayers by Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders and invocations by the three leaders. They then entered th...
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Artists in Brazilian art event protest Israeli funding

Marcy Oster A majority of the artists participating in the 31st Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil are protesting funding for the major event from the Israeli government. ... [Link]

Thousands rally against rise in anti-Semitism in Britain

Marcy Oster Thousands of people gathered for a rally in central London to protest the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain. ... [Link]

New children’s books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl’s pain

mbrodsky Jacqueline Jules was inspired to write “Never Say a Mean Word, A Tale from Medieval Spain” by a Torah commentary she read — more than a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

Syrian rebels holding U.N. peacekeeping troops from Golan border

Marcy Oster Filipino troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force on the border between Syria and Israel have escaped from the Syrian rebels holding them captive. ... [Link]

ICC prosecutor: Palestine can join the Rome Statute

Marcy Oster “Palestine” is now eligible to join the Rome Statute and file war crimes charges against Israel, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said. ... [Link]

Report: Joan Rivers on life support

Marcy Oster Comedienne and talk show host Joan Rivers reportedly is on life support. ... [Link]

Israel’s Cabinet approves plan to develop Sderot, Gaza border towns

Marcy Oster Israel’s Cabinet approved a nearly $364 million plan to develop the southern Israeli city of Sderot and communities on the border with Gaza. ... [Link]

Belgian women pour fake blood in airport to protest Israel arms transport

Marcy Oster A Belgian feminist group poured about 25 gallons of fake blood on the floor of an airport in Liege, Belgium, to protest their belief that the airport is being used to transport arms to Israel. ... [Link]

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