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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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Obama talks Middle East crises on Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis

Ron Kampeas In his annual Rosh Hashanah call with American rabbis, President Obama focused on crises in the Middle East. ... [Link]

Obama, Netanyahu to meet Oct. 1

Ron Kampeas President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet next week in Washington. ... [Link]

U.S. court rules Arab Bank liable for Hamas terror

Julie Wiener Arab Bank provided material support to Hamas, a U.S. court found, and must compensate the victims of 24 attacks carried out by the terror group. ... [Link]

Shimon Peres, the gas pump attendant

Marcy Oster The newly retired Israeli president tries his hand at other careers — including video star. ... [Link]

Pew survey: Americans think religious influence declining

Julie Wiener Nearly three-quarters of Americans think religion is losing its influence in American life, according to a new survey. ... [Link]

Backers of anti-Iran group create mirror group against violent Islamists

Uriel Heilman The Counter Extremism Project, which launched Monday, aims to expose the financial, ideological and recruitment architecture that supports Islamic extremists. ... [Link]

Detention facility for African migrants ordered shut

Marcy Oster Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to close the Holot detention center for African migrants. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Lower the age for Birthright

Gabrielle Birkner In the face of campus battles, lowering the program’s eligibility age would go a long way to preparing future college students to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate. ... [Link]

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