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Vaccination: The medicine, the politics, the day schools

Vaccination: The medicine, the politics, the day schools

In 1952, approximately 57,628 cases of polio were reported in the worst recorded polio epidemic in US history. Parents felt helpless. Footage of children confined to iron lung machines dominated the newsreels.

When large-scale polio immunizations were administered to children in the fall of 1955, parents willingly permitted their children to line up in their elementary schools for the vaccination.

The mass implementation of Jonas Salk’s vaccine has wiped out polio in the US.

No one complained as immunizations against common and potentially dangerous childhood diseases like measles, mumps and German measles (MMR) became available — except those who feared the needle’s sting.


Boise woman attacked over conversion effort

BOISE — A woman in Boise, Idaho, allegedly harassed and physically attacked her Jewish neighbor in order to convince her to convert to Christianity. Marguerite Haragan, 58, was charged last week with two counts of malicious harassment in the attack, which police have labeled a hate crime, the KTVB television station in Boise reported. She could face up to five years in prison for each count. Haragan first harassed the alleged victim, who was identified in court as A.G., with phone calls. On ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:46 )


British party backs ban on shechita, halal

LONDON — Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has come out in support of legislation that would ban the production of ritually slaughtered meat. The United Kingdom Independence Party became the first major political party in the country to call for a ban on religious slaughter for halal and kosher meat. “Animal and veterinary science has long concluded that cutting the throats of animals whilst they are fully conscious can cause significant distress and pain,” a UKIP statement sent to the m...

Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Pearl

PALM BEACH — James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl. The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Feb. 6 during the organization’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Foley, an Illinois native, was killed in Syria in August after being held hostage by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for nearly two y...

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen Mountain

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen MountainASPEN — After Yinon Cohen lost his legs in an accident involving a rocket-propelled grenade, it wasn’t clear he’d ever be able to walk again, much less ski down a peak in the Rocky Mountains. A fresh-faced soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Golani brigade, Cohen was in an advanced weapons training course in February, 2003 when his sergeant inadvertently fired an RPG, an explosive weapon capable of piercing armored vehicles, straight into his legs. Just moments before, Cohen ha...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:54 )

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Report: Settler preparing to turn West Bank church into new outpost

Cnaan Liphshiz Area between Hebron and Jerusalem has few Jewish settlments and could help settlers consolidate hold on southern Etzion Boc. ... [Link]

Rabbinical bias against Ethiopians to be punished, religions minister says

Cnaan Liphshiz Threat follows reports of delays in registering marriages by community members near Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Polish regulation to give pensions to 20,000 Holocaust survivors

Cnaan Liphshiz Implemented last month, new rules dispense with requirement that applicants own Polish bank account to receive $130 monthly. ... [Link]

At debate, Polish president defends apologies for country’s Holocaust complicity

Cnaan Liphshiz Incumbent’s rightist rival hits back, calls admission attack on Poland’s good name ... [Link]

British queen to honor Israeli founder of scientific cooperation body

Cnaan Liphshiz Elizabeth II to present honorary title to Rivka Carmi, president of Ben Gurion University. ... [Link]

The Holocaust film that is upending the genre – and other Jewish notes from Cannes

Gabe Friedman The film “Son of Saul” by a rookie Hungarian director has become the most widely talked about film from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. But it isn’t the festival’s only signific... [Link]

Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

Uriel Heilman At issue is a shah-era oil debt that harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which Iran shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. ... [Link]

Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

Ben Sales The four-term senator in an interview with JTA expressed concern over support for Israel in the Democratic Party, but said 2016 is an opportunity for a shift. ... [Link]

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