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Window shuts on religious pluralism in Israel

Window shuts on religious pluralism in Israel

JERUSALEM — Two years ago, Israeli advocates for religious pluralism spoke of a “window of opportunity” to advance their cause. For the first time in a decade, the governing coalition included no haredi Orthodox parties. The Knesset’s second biggest party, Yesh Atid, advanced a raft of legislation to change the Orthodox-controlled status quo. Even the religious Zionist Jewish Home party seemed open to change.

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Israeli officials fear ISIS threat from the north

JERUSALEM — Israeli security officials are increasingly concerned about the threat of large-scale terror attacks by ISIS. In an article on Dec. 30, Haaretz reported that Israel’s “defense establishment” believes a growing number of Arab-Israelis are joining the Islamic extremist group, and that ISIS branches on the Syrian border with the Golan Heights and in Egypt’s Sinai will recruit Arab-Israelis to commit terror attacks. Also on Dec. 30, the Israel Defense Forces said ISIS operati...
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International

Israel and Brazil in envoy furor

Israel and Brazil in envoy furorRIO DE JANEIRO — Israel’s deputy foreign minister said Brazil is likely to fuel a diplomatic crisis by withholding consent for its choice of ambassador, a former settler leader. Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, declared Sunday, Dec. 27, that the Jewish state will use a number of channels to secure the nomination of Dani Dayan, saying no other name will be put up for the post. President Dilma Rousseff withholding consent to Dani Dayan because of his settler background app...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:55 )

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Olmert's prison term cut to 18 months

Olmert's prison term cut to 18 monthsJERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had his prison term cut to 18 months from six years for his part in the Holyland corruption case. The Supreme Court, as part of Olmert’s appeal during a hearing Tuesday, Dec. 29, cut the term ordered by the Tel Aviv District Court in May, 2014. Olmert is the first Israeli prime minister to be sentenced to jail. He is scheduled to enter prison on Feb. 15, 2015.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:20 )

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International

Memorial to be held on anniversary of Hyper Cacher killings

PARIS (JTA) — A commemoration on the first anniversary of the murderous siege at a Paris kosher supermarket is for all the victims in terrorist slayings over a three-day period in January, the main Jewish umbrella group in France said. CRIF called on the general public to attend the memorial in a statement published last week on its website, which said the event planned for Jan. 9 at the Hyper Cacher market on the eastern outskirts of Paris was meant to remember the four Jews killed there and...
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For Dutch property owners, Holocaust commemoration begins at home

Cnaan Liphshiz THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — After Yvonne van Gennep-Bouma discovered that Holocaust victims used to live in what is now her home, she began to think about them constantly. At night, van Genne... [Link]

JDC, HUC announce global Jewish leadership fellowship

Marcy Oster (JTA) — JDC Entwine – the initiative for young adults of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion – has established a Jewish lea... [Link]

Israeli found dead in Hungary was killed in robbery, prosecutor says

Marcy Oster BUDAPEST (JTA) — The Israeli citizen found dead in Hungary was killed in a brutal robbery for his two mobile phones, laptop computer and cash, the Hungarian Prosecutor’s Office said Monday... [Link]

Ohio Jewish leader cited by John Kasich for Holocaust memorial role dies at 68

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Joyce Garver Keller, the longtime executive director of Ohio’s Jewish community relations council who helped establish a state Holocaust memorial, has died at 68. On Monday morning, less t... [Link]

Trump says he will try to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Saying he’d “never met a person from Israel that didn’t want to make that deal,” Donald Trump said if elected president he plans to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty.... [Link]

Orthodox activists and victims asking NY to change sex abuse reporting laws

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) – Advocates for sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community will be descending on New York’s state capital on May 3 to lobby the legislature to eliminate the statute o... [Link]

3rd British city councilman suspended in one day for anti-Semitic posts

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A third British city councilman was suspended by the Labour Party on Monday for tweeting anti-Semitic comments. Shah Hussain, a member of the Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire, was ... [Link]

Israel’s justice minister aiming to bring civil law to West Bank Jews, keep Palestinians under military rule

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s justice minister said she would resurrect a legal initiative to bring Israeli civil law to Jewish settlements in the West Bank while keeping the Palestinians who... [Link]

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