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Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

THE bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight.

Yet we must not allow our justified concerns about ISIS to blind us to the even greater danger to regional security posed by a nuclear Iran.

We must remember that a nuclear Iran could credibly threaten our allies with destruction — especially Israel, which Iran has promised to wipe off the map — furnish Hezbollah and other non-state terrorist groups with nuclear weapons, and start a nuclear stampede as other countries in the area initiate nuclear programs of their own.

International negotiators resumed talks in Vienna on July 2 to address this danger to world peace.

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International

Synagogue firebombed near Paris

PARIS — A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. The firebomb went off late on July 11 at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported. On July 8, the day that Israel la...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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International

Antwerp: ‘Slaughter Jews’ at anti-Israel protest

ANTWERP — Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended the July 12 protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.” The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day be...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Denver Jewry rallies for Israel

Denver Jewry rallies for IsraelTHE 1,000-seat Temple Emanuel sanctuary was filled to overflowing for an Israel solidarity rally, Monday, July 14. The rally was organized by JEWISHcolorado and the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. It was co-sponsored by many community organizations, including two in Colorado Springs. JEWISHcolorado President and CEO Doug Seserman noted that this was the third time in three weeks that the community had come together on behalf of Israel. The first event was a vigil, June 24 at the Loup JCC fo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 02:38 )

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Israel

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operationIsrael launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.” The operation is limited for now to tanks targeting ten tunnels in Gaza, the IDF said.
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Right-wing extremists from around Europe meet in Milan

Marcy Oster The gathering was organized by the Italian far-right party Forza Nuova as the first meeting in Italy of a new far-right, pan-European party called “Alliance for Peace and Freedom.” ... [Link]

Israel destroys Gaza cement factory in retaliation for rocket attack

Marcy Oster Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not ignore the firing of even one rocket from Gaza on Israel. ... [Link]

Obama signs law strengthening U.S.-Israel alliance

Marcy Oster The 2014 United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act declares Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States. ... [Link]

Kindertransport documentary selected for permanent preservation

Marcy Oster Oscar-winner “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” has been selected for permanent preservation in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry. ... [Link]

From the Archive: Cuban Jews under the embargo

Gabe Friedman While Fidel Castro’s 1959 ascent to power had a catastrophic effect on Cuba’s once friendly relationship with the U.S., the revolution’s impact on the island’s Jewish population — an... [Link]

‘Ida’ makes Oscars shortlist

Gabrielle Birkner The Israeli entry, ‘Gett,’ is out of the running, but a Polish film about a would-be nun who discovers her parents were killed in the Holocaust was among the nine foreign films that advanc... [Link]

Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

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