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African refugees for favorable grants

JERUSALEM — Israel and Rwanda are discussing a deal in which the East African nation would take in illegal migrants from the Jewish state in exchange for favorable contracts.

Under the proposed agreement, which has come under scrutiny by human rights organizations, Israel would send hundreds of Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, many of them asylum-seekers, to Rwanda in return for favorable deals that include millions of dollars in grants, the East African reported last week.

The information is based on statements made by Rwandan President Paul Kagame during a press conference in Kigali on April 2, the paper reported.

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Israel

Riskin reflects wider distrust

Riskin reflects wider distrustTEL AVIV — For years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has compared Iran to biblical Persia, the ancient kingdom where the Jewish people were nearly annihilated through the evil designs of arch-villain Haman. But when an American-born rabbi, widely seen as a religious moderate who built one of the most innovative Orthodox synagogues in the US, compared Obama to Haman in a speech on March 28, reaction was swift. Liberal American rabbis slammed Shlomo Riskin, and the North American ...
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Local

Hate mail in Boulder

Hate mail in BoulderENVELOPES CONTAINING white powder — one of them accompanied by a note saying “your (sic) have enemies” — forced the closure of two Boulder Jewish institutions this week. The Boulder JCC and Congregation Har Hashem received the envelopes on Monday, April 6, and both institutions immediately evacuated and closed their buildings and contacted emergency responders.
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National

Rabbi: Let guns be made differently

Rabbi: Let guns be made differently PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION A PAGE 8 RABBI JOEL Mosbacher’s father was shot to death during a petty burglary at his Chicago business in 1999 — and that act will repeat itself in one form or another 36,000 times in 2015. It might happen at school, in a crowded movie theater, as coworkers eat their lunch or when an abusive husband fatally shoots his wife. While Colorado has witnessed all of the above, it’s only a matter of time before the cycle of gun violence recurs here and elsewhere...
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International

ZAKA aids Germanwings rescue

ZAKA aids Germanwings rescueA delegation of eight ZAKA international rescue unit volunteers flew in the early hours of Monday morning to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. ZAKA volunteers will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams. The team was led by ZAKA international rescue unit head, Mati Goldstein, and ZAKA international rescue unit chief of operations, Chaim Weingart...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israel to allow tougher interrogation of Jewish terrorism suspects

Julie Wiener The country’s interior security minister said the security Cabinet had deemed “any method” of interrogation “kosher,” ... [Link]

Shin Bet sees Jewish terrorist network as likely culprit in Duma attack

Julie Wiener The network, which has been operating since 2013, seeks to bring down the Israeli government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy, the security agency said. ... [Link]

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ N.Y. shul

Uriel Heilman With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein set to retire, Kehilath Jeshurun is turning to a longtime Montreal spiritual leader to lead the storied modern Orthodox synagogue. ... [Link]

Palestinians file report with ICC over firebombing that killed baby

Marcy Oster A report on the attack and a rise in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians also has been filed with the United Nations Human Rights Council. ... [Link]

Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

Uriel Heilman The most Jewish states? New York and New Jersey, at 6 percent of all residents. ... [Link]

Investigating West Bank firebombing, Shin Bet arrests Kahane grandson

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger, 24, tops the Shin Bet’s list of most wanted Jewish criminals and is believed to head a Jewish terrorist group. ... [Link]

Rabbis, imams pray together for Palestinian 4-year-old’s recovery

Marcy Oster The initiative began with a conversation on the need for strong condemnation from both sides of terror incidents and a need for enhanced interreligious dialogue beyond times of crisis. ... [Link]

‘Skin Wars’ contestant Avi Ram brings Israeli army training to body painting

Molly Tolsky The 29-year-old told JTA that painting naked bodies on U.S. reality TV is no sweat after being a soldier and struggling artist in Israel. ... [Link]

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