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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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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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Warren, in rare Israel foray, defends Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) vigorously defended her vote for increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Soldier hit on leave dies, bring Israel’s Gaza War dead to 71

Ron Kampeas An Israeli solider hit with shrapnel while on leave died, bringing to 72 the total number of people killed on Israel’s side during the most recent Gaza War. ... [Link]

Cleveland State University signs agreement with University of Haifa

Marcy Oster Cleveland State University and Israel’s University of Haifa have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their collaborative relationship. ... [Link]

Netanyahu meets with House Armed Services members

Ron Kampeas Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened Hamas to radical Islamists in Iraq and Syria in a meeting with members of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. ... [Link]

Sinai terror group beheads four accused of spying for Israel

Marcy Oster Four Egyptian men were beheaded by a Sinai-based terror group for allegedly spying for Israel. ... [Link]

Holocaust memorial erected in Polish Jewish cemetery

Marcy Oster A Holocaust memorial was erected in the Jewish cemetery in Serock, Poland. ... [Link]

Wishing Joan Rivers a speedy recovery

Julie Wiener Comedian Joan Rivers is in the hospital after going into cardiac arrest. ... [Link]

Joan Rivers hospitalized, critical but stable

Ron Kampeas Joan Rivers is in critical condition, reportedly after stopping breathing during throat surgery. ... [Link]

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