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Bibi: No short war

Bibi: No short war

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli military to “take off the gloves” against Hamas, as Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon prepared the public for a long campaign in Gaza.

“Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so,” Netanyahu said July 8 as he entered meetings with defense officials at the Kirya Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv hours following the launch of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 450 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at civilians in southern Israel, according to the IDF.

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Did Israel beat an innocent, or a rioter?

Did Israel beat an innocent, or a rioter?JERUSALEM — For Israelis, the enduring image of the past few weeks may be the montage of the three Israeli teens murdered last month after being abducted from a hitchhiking post in the West Bank. But another image has emerged in the last few days that is unlikely to garner much sympathy for Israel: a minute-long video in which a Palestinian-American teenager is beaten by two Israeli border policemen. One officer is seen pinning Tariq Abu Khdeir to the ground while the other pummels the 15-ye...
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Solidarity memorial service

Solidarity memorial serviceNine days after Denver Jewry came together to pray and express hope for the return of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, some 450 members of the community reconvened to memorialize and say kaddish for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel. The memorial program, Wednesday, July 2, was held at BMH-BJ, organized by Cantor Joel Lichterman of BMH-BJ, and co sponsored by JEWISHcolorado, BMH-BJ, JCRC, ADL, AIPAC, Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, Loup JCC, CAJE, JNF, J Street and Feldman...

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 14:10 )

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Sharansky fears for Europe’s Jews

Sharansky fears for Europe’s JewsPARIS — On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Light. But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was an itinerary that demonstrated a different kind of commitment. “Avital is taking me to see all the places where she organized protest rallies for my release,” Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish...
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International

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcisionOSLO — The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act regulating ritual circumcision for boys. “The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo, told JTA. “I am proud of my parliament and country for making the right decision, that will put Norway on the path to becoming a place where neonatal ci...
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Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara blame Jews for 9/11

Anthony Weiss A series of fliers posted on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, accuses Jews of being behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ... [Link]

B’Tselem OK again as Israel national service stop

Marcy Oster Israeli human rights group B’Tselem can again receive national service volunteers. ... [Link]

Polish Jewish group planning cemetery memorial

Marcy Oster An organization in Wronki, Poland, is creating a lapidarium-style memorial at the site of a destroyed Jewish cemetery in town. ... [Link]

Car explodes at Atlantic City synagogue

Uriel Heilman A synagogue leader’s car exploded in a suspected arson attack in Atlantic City, N.J. ... [Link]

Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Gaza committed suicide

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Israel’s Gaza operation have committed suicide in recent weeks. ... [Link]

Netanyahu urges Obama to lead on preventing Iran nukes

Ron Kampeas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama he hoped that Iran would not come close to acquiring a nuclear weapon under Obama’s watch. ... [Link]

New U.S. envoy to Czech Republic reconnects with family’s Jewish roots

Marcy Oster Andrew Schapiro highlighted his family’s ties to the Czech Republic as he took over as the U.S. ambassador there. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Surrogate status, cutting out the bris, Sephardic taste test

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

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