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Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against Oxfam

Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against Oxfam

NEW YORK — Oxfam accepted actress Scarlett Johansson’s resignation as a global ambassador, calling the role “incompatible” with her work for the Israeli company SodaStream.

“Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions,” the global anti-poverty charity said in a statement issued Jan. 30.

“While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:27 )

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Israel

Women of Wall near agreement

Women of Wall near agreementJERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area. The report Monday, Jan. 27, in Haaretz was corroborated on the organization’s Facebook page. The agreement comes after months of negotiations between the organization and an Israeli government committee. In October, the Women of the Wall presented 16 conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to an ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:55 )

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International

Swedish, Danish docs call for ban on bris

COPENHAGEN — Large medical associations in Sweden and Denmark recommended banning non-medical circumcision of boys. In Sweden, the recommendation came in a resolution that was unanimously adopted last week by the ethics council of the Sweden Medical Association — a union whose members constitute 85% of the country’s physicians, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on Jan. 25. It recommended setting 12 as the minimum age for the procedure and the boy’s consent. Jewish ritual circumcisio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:49 )

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National

$100,000 to disabilities advocate

$100,000 to disabilities advocateBOSTON — The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation awarded Harvard University professor Michael Stein with its first Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The $100,000 award announced this week recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public, and awards the potential for future contributions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 )

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International

Knesset visits Auschwitz

Knesset visits AuschwitzOSWIECIM, Poland — Watching thousands of Poles dance to Klezmer music just 50 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, Johnny Daniels could feel an ambitious plan taking shape. The experience last year at Cracow’s annual Jewish Culture Festival prompted Daniels, a 28-year-old Israeli and Holocaust educator, to organize the largest-ever Knesset delegation to Auschwitz. Nearly half the Israeli parliament was in Poland Monday, Jan. 27, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 69th ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:15 )

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Kerry: Israel may continue tunnel demolition during cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel will continue its work to destroy tunnels during the Gaza Strip cease-fire, and Hamas is attending truce talks in Cairo, according to statements from U.S. and Turkish officials. ... [Link]

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire, with Israeli troops in place

Ron Kampeas Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional cease-fire. ... [Link]

Protesters threaten British cosmetics store that sells Israeli products

Marcy Oster A cosmetics store in Manchester, England, that sells Israeli cosmetics has been victimized by callers threatening to kill the staff and burn down the store. ... [Link]

NYT on why it hasn’t shown photos of Hamas fighters: We don’t have any

Uriel Heilman The New York Times says it eagerly pursues photos from both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict, but so far their photographer in Gaza hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun. ... [Link]

Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

Marcy Oster Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign from outside a guest house. ... [Link]

Obama spokesmen urge Israel to exercise greater caution with civilians

Ron Kampeas An array of Obama administration spokesmen said Israel had to exercise greater caution in avoiding civilian casualties during the current Gaza conflict, citing shelling on a shelter that killed at lea... [Link]

Detroit-area USPS clarifies position after local branch refuses mail to Israel

Ron Kampeas The metropolitan Detroit regional office of the U.S. Postal Service issued a clarification to its branches after a local post office said it could not accept mail sent to Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile. ... [Link]

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