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Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Pearl

PALM BEACH — James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Feb. 6 during the organization’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

Foley, an Illinois native, was killed in Syria in August after being held hostage by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for nearly two years. He was captured while reporting in Syria, near the Turkish border. He had worked in northern Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen Mountain

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen MountainASPEN — After Yinon Cohen lost his legs in an accident involving a rocket-propelled grenade, it wasn’t clear he’d ever be able to walk again, much less ski down a peak in the Rocky Mountains. A fresh-faced soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Golani brigade, Cohen was in an advanced weapons training course in February, 2003 when his sergeant inadvertently fired an RPG, an explosive weapon capable of piercing armored vehicles, straight into his legs. Just moments before, Cohen ha...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:54 )

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Brandeis president resigns

Brandeis president resignsWALTHAM — For all of the controversies that Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His fundraising just wasn’t good enough and his administrative track record was wanting. On Jan. 30, Lawrence announced that this would be his last semester at the Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian university in Waltham, Mass., outside of Boston. “After careful consideration, and in ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:48 )

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One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemetery

One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemeteryKARACHI — It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground — in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and Iranian Jewish mother, dares to call himself a Jew in a country where the Jewish minority began dwindling in the 1940s with the British partition of India and today has all but vanished. Benkhald also leads a one-man campaign to save the Karachi cemetery from being sold to provide more burial s...
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1997 Goldfogel murder solved

1997 Goldfogel murder solvedEighteen years after the brutal murder of Surle Goldfogel, a confession obtained from the killer’s mother has brought factual closure to the baffling case — but justice remains elusive. Jonathan Clinton, now identified as the man who killed Goldfogel on Jan. 25, 1997, died of complications from a heroin overdose in 2003. Right after the murder, Clinton, then 20, told his mother that he killed the 67-year-old widow — and she quickly provided her son with an alibi.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:19 )

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Munich upholds ban on Holocaust street memorials

Marcy Oster The City Council ignored a petition signed by 100,000 people calling for a lifting of the prohibition on the memorials known as stumbling blocks. ... [Link]

Jews seek egg donations from their own, despite uncertain religious status

Andrew Tobin While some Jews seek out Jewish eggs to ensure that their babies are “kosher” with rabbinic authorities, most just want their offspring to be like them. ... [Link]

Patriots owner Robert Kraft: NFL suspension of Tom Brady ‘unfathomable’

Marcy Oster After the four-game ban on his quarterback was upheld in the “Deflategate” controversy, the Jewish owner apologized to his team’s fans for not taking the matter to court earlier. ... [Link]

What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

Ben Sales A guide to the do’s and don’ts of invoking the Holocaust to describe Israel’s predicament. ... [Link]

Pollard’s wait not over: Fight to bring him to Israel will outlast his release

Ron Kampeas The convicted spy for Israel in 1995 was granted Israeli citizenship, in part because he hoped to travel to Israel as soon as he was released. But travel restrictions may make that impossible. ... [Link]

Jan Kulczyk, a major funder of Poland’s Jewish museum, dies

Marcy Oster His $5.5 million gift to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, despite not being Jewish, was the largest single grant from a private donor. ... [Link]

The Israeli razor ad that will make you cry

Gabe Friedman What happens when you shave a beard that you’ve had for 14 years without alerting your family? ... [Link]

Amnesty Int’l: Israel committed war crimes in response to soldier’s death

Marcy Oster Israel’s Foreign Ministry rejected the report, saying that it “is fundamentally flawed in its methodologies, in its facts, in its legal analysis and in its conclusions.” ... [Link]

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