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Israel’s Defense Minister puts down Kerry

WASHINGTON — The Israeli defense minister’s reported description of US Secretary of State John Kerry as “messianic and obsessive” is “offensive and inappropriate,” the State Dept. said in a rare and sharp rebuke to Israel.

“The remarks of the Defense Minister, if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the US is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” Jen Psaki, the State Dept.’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Yediot Acharonot on Tuesday, Jan. 14, quoted Moshe Yaalon as telling colleagues behind closed doors that Kerry’s pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace was “messianic and obsessive.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:12 )

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NBA’s Tony Parker apologizes for anti-Semitic salute

NBA’s Tony Parker apologizes for anti-Semitic salutePARIS — NBA star Tony Parker has apologized for performing an anti-Semitic salute after a three-year-old photo was published in the French media. The photo shows Parker, who was born in Belgium and is a French national, performing the quenelle salute earlier this year with its inventor, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. The quenelle is a quasi-Nazi salute designed to circumvent France’s laws against displaying Nazi symbols. The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and ...
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Dutch soccer team ditches Israeli player for Abu Dhabi match

Dutch soccer team ditches Israeli player for Abu Dhabi matchTHE HAGUE — A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender. Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team Vitesse from Arnhem over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal on Jan. 4 to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams. In a statement on Monday, Jan. 6, Israel’s embassy in the Hague wrote, “Such discrimination in sports is regre...
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Marriage in Israel: Who decides?

Marriage in Israel: Who decides?JERUSALEM — To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a midlevel bureaucrat named Itamar Tubul. Tubul, 35, is the soft-spoken rabbi who heads the Chief Rabbinate’s personal status di...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:21 )

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Hateful salutes in France

Hateful salutes in France PARIS — Amid a public debate in France over an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture, French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered in March 2012. The photo, which was published this week on the website of the television channel France 3, shows a man wearing a shirt featuring a portrait of Yasir Arafat in front of the Ohr Torah school. The man is seen is holding his left palm outstretched over his right shoulder — a gesture ...
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150 Palestinians arrested during raids on southern Gaza

Marcy Oster Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers. ... [Link]

Pro-Palestinian student demonstrators arrested in Australia for flag burning

Marcy Oster A group of student demonstrators was arrested in Melbourne after burning an Australian and an Israeli flag in protest at Israel’s invasion of Gaza. ... [Link]

Rockets intercepted over central Israel hours after FAA lifts ban

Marcy Oster The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets over central Israel hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on American carriers flying to Israel. ... [Link]

Israel calls for rejection of U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry

Ron Kampeas Israel’s government called for the rejection of a U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry into the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. ... [Link]

Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Former Auschwitz guard dies before extradition to Germany

Marcy Oster Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Philadelphia man who served as a guard at Auschwitz and was scheduled to be extradited to Germany, has died. ... [Link]

Police: Murdered Florida State prof Dan Markel was target

Marcy Oster Dan Markel, the Florida State University law professor who was murdered in his home, was shot in the head by someone who wanted him dead, police said. ... [Link]

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