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AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to Malaysia

AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to Malaysia

WASHINGTON — Ibrahim Barzak spent his childhood counting the days to weekends, when he would travel with his father to see friends in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ashdod and Jerusalem. For Barzak’s young sons, by contrast, the names of those cities conjure malevolent exotica.

Barzak, 38, has worked for the past 22 years as a journalist in his native Gaza City, most recently as the Gaza correspondent for the Associated Press. The ethos that has guided him throughout his reporting career: a commitment to facts and reality that knows no borders.

But last month, Barzak and his family — his wife, Ghadeer al Omari, and two sons, Hikmet, 8, and Ahmed, 6 — picked up and moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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El Al may be violating US law

NEW YORK — A New York rabbi-attorney claimed that some El Al Airlines’ policies may violate US law in the wake of delays on flights because haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women. Rabbi Iris Richman, posting Sept. 30 on the Facebook page of Jewish Voices Together, cited a federal law that states, “An air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry.”...
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Ebola in US no surprise to local expert

Ebola in US no surprise to local expertAMERICANS followed the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a safe distance until Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan landed in the US on Sept. 20 and developed symptoms four days later. Suddenly, “over there” was here. Now in critical condition in a Dallas hospital, Duncan’s family is under quarantine. Fifty people who came into contact with him are monitored twice daily. The arrival of Ebola in the US is no surprise to Dr. Daniel Mogyoros, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Per...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:13 )

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International

Pointing fingers at the United Nations

Pointing fingers at the United NationsNEW YORK — In the end, there was much to talk about at the UN General Assembly but few genuine surprises. With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened Hamas to ISIS and depicted Iran as the vanguard of Islamic militancy. As in past years, he invoked the Nazis, but this time as comparable to militant Islamists. Iranian President Hassan ...
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International

Firebomb thrown at Kiev’s oldest synagogue

Firebomb thrown at Kiev’s oldest synagogueKIEV — Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building last week. The firebombing at the Great Choral Synagogue on Sept. 24, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, did not cause damage, according to the news website evreiskiy.kiev.ua, which belongs to the Jewish Kiev watchdog on anti-Semitism. Police suspect that an arsonist targeting the actual building hurled the firebomb — a glass bottle filled with a flammable substance.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:19 )

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