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German neo-Nazi parties merge amid protests

BERLIN — Berlin Jews joined hundreds of demonstrators to protest a meeting marking the merger of two neo-Nazi parties.

Police estimated that fewer than 80 right-wing extremists showed up to the Jan. 15 meeting in which the National Democratic Party (NPD) of Germany and the German People’s Union (DVU) formally announced their merger.

Meanwhile, nearly 100 times that number demonstrated on the streets outside the public school where the party meeting was held, in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg.

Berlin’s Jewish community and others had criticized the Max-Taut School for allowing the neo-Nazis to meet there, but the courts upheld the party’s right of assembly.

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National

Sarah Palin attacked, defended, by Jews

Sarah Palin attacked, defended, by JewsWASHINGTON — The post-shooting debate over political civility is cooling down, but passions are still raging over Sarah Palin’s claim that critics were guilty of perpetuating a “blood libel” against her. Palin’s initial use of the term, in a Jan. 12 video message, drew sharp rebukes from liberal, Jewish groups and even some conservatives. Since then, however, several Jewish notables, including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and former New York Mayor Ed K...
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Israel

Barak abandons Labor Party, reducing yet girding Bibi’s coalition

Barak abandons Labor Party, reducing yet girding Bibi’s coalitionJERUSALEM — Was it an act of political self-preservation, a feat of political destruction or a bid to stabilize Israel’s government ahead of some dramatic move? And for Israel’s Labor Party, was it another sign of the once-leading party’s demise, or a precursor to a revival and the ideals for which it stands? What’s certain is that Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s decision this week to quit Labor, which he had headed until Monday, Jan. 17, has sent shock waves throughout the Israeli p...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 January 2011 12:26 )

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Israel

Israel strategizes against brain drain

Israel strategizes against brain drainJERUSALEM — It was at a conference 15 years ago in the raw months following Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination that an unlikely Israeli trio — a young Navy officer, a leading businesswoman and a senior bureaucrat — hatched a plan for Israel’s future. It wasn’t exactly a plan for the future, but a plan to plan for the country’s future in an entirely new way: one focused on long-term strategic thinking to propel Israel into the world’s top 15 socioeconomic powers. Last week, the goal ...
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National

Who is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?

Who is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?WASHINGTON — The event was typical Gabrielle Giffords: no barriers, all comers — Democrats, Republicans and independents welcome to talk about what was on their minds and in their hearts. While she was deep in a conversation with an older couple about health care — the issue for which she was willing to risk her career — a gunman strode up to the Arizona congresswoman and shot her point blank in the head. The critical wounding Jan. 8 of Giffords and the slaughter of six people standing...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:07 )

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West Bank riots flare up after Palestinian baby’s funeral

Cnaan Liphshiz Policeman injured in Jerusalem and car fired upon in the West Bank as Hamas calls for targeting all Israelis as revenge for deadly arson near Nablus. ... [Link]

Robbers leave pro-Palestine expletive at French Jewish leader’s home

Cnaan Liphshiz An incident in Bondy near Paris part of an increase in aggravated property crimes against Jews, a watchdog group says. ... [Link]

Ohio State U to ‘eradicate’ Holocaust spoof from marching band program

Cnaan Liphshiz A song about Jew being shipped to ‘you know where’ appeared in a 2012 reprint of songbook distributed privately among players. ... [Link]

London police arrest man suspected of accosting Jew outside synagogue

Cnaan Liphshiz A previous White Man March featured the burning of Israeli flags, said organizers of the petition, which garnered over 2,000 signatures. ... [Link]

Canada purchases Iron Dome technology

Ron Kampeas The Canadian defense minister cites Israel’s success with Iron Dome in explaining the purchase. ... [Link]

Palestinian baby burned to death, Israel searches for Jewish extremists

Cnaan Liphshiz An arson attack that killed an 18-month-old is seen as part of a recent string of violent attacks by Jewish extremists. ... [Link]

Obama rallies supporters against ‘billionaire’ opponents of Iran deal

Ron Kampeas In an invite-only phone call, the president said the same people who got the U.S. into the Iraq war are now opposing the nuclear agreement. ... [Link]

Woody Allen: I was a ‘paternal’ figure to Soon-Yi Previn

Gabe Friedman The 79-year-old director opened up about his private life to a surprising extent in an NPR interview. ... [Link]

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