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Israel discovers huge deposit of natural gas

TEL AVIV — More than a year after a massive natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea off the Israeli coast sparked hopes in Israel of a new era of energy independence, the project is running into concerns about how the gas can be delivered safely.

The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised concerns in Israel about processing the gas and its delivery within the country.

“You don’t just open the valve and everyone’s happy,” said Zeev Aizenshtat, a fossil fuels expert who works as a chemistry professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

“In a country that has security problems, especially with the imminent threat of missiles coming in, you need to makes sure the pipes are well protected.”

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National

Rubashkin sentenced to 27 years

Rubashkin sentenced to 27 yearsWASHINGTON — For years Sholom Rubashkin made his living as an executive in the country’s largest kosher meatpacking company. Now to keep him out of prison, his defense team is arguing that the judge in his financial fraud case made treif use of federal sentencing guidelines. The judge, Linda Reade, who sits on the federal bench in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, used a federal point system in deciding this week to sentence Rubashkin to 27 years in prison. Sophisticated crime? Check, that’s two poin...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:35 )

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International

Israel is key to African development

Israel is key to African developmentMALABO, Equatorial Guinea — On a barren, 60-acre tract of land overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, bulldozer operators turn the earth while sweaty construction workers take a lunch break in the shadow of an improvised Zim shipping container. Inside an air-conditioned trailer nearby, Tel Aviv native Zvi Blum sits at his desk under a colorful poster showing how Malabo’s evolving Centro Medico La Paz will look about a year from now. “This is going to be the best hospital in Africa. They’ve ne...
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Local

IJN takes home six Rockower Awards for excellence in Jewish journalism

The Intermountain Jewish News staff won six Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism at the annual conference of the American Jewish Press Association, June 14-16, in Phoenix. Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, IJN executive editor, represented the IJN at the conference, which examines best practices in the industry and the interaction of electronic and print media. The immigration crisis in Arizona was also addressed. The highlight of the conference is the annual banquet, at which the a...
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Israel

Secular-religious tensions in Israel reach boiling point

Secular-religious tensions in Israel reach boiling point JERUSALEM — The showdown between the Supreme Court and the parents of students at a haredi Orthodox school found guilty of discriminatory practices against Sephardic girls has brought already strained secular-religious relations in Israel to a fever pitch. A remark by Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy that the court’s decisions are not subject to rabbinical approval went straight to the heart of the matter, with irate haredi demonstrators declaring that if they had to choose between the cou...
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Hungary’s Orban pays tribute to fallen WWI Jewish soldiers

mbrodsky The prime minister visited Budapest’s largest Jewish cemetery to mark the renovation of WWI graves. ... [Link]

Texas woman suing for pregnancy discrimination alleges anti-Semitism

Julie Wiener A Jewish sales rep for a pharmaceutical distributor in her lawsuit claimed her supervisor used an anti-Semitic remark when he called her a “whistleblower.” ... [Link]

Autism self-advocate Ari Ne’eman recognized for work on inclusion of people with disabilities

Julie Wiener Ari Ne’eman said he learned early on that “if people with disabilities, including autistic people, were going to have opportunities in society, we needed to become politically active.̶... [Link]

Boston Jewish day schools receive $11 million challenge grant

Ben Sales The gift from George Krupp, chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, and wife Liz will support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families. ... [Link]

Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

Ben Sales Israel is no stranger to heated political rhetoric, but this election is shaping up to be a fierce one, with the leading parties taking aim not merely at their rivals’ policies but at their Zion... [Link]

World Zionist Congress elections: a voter’s guide

Uriel Heilman World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here’s a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who’s on the ballot, and why you ju... [Link]

Foxman: Obama and Hollande won’t name Islamist threat

Cnaan Liphshiz At a Prague Holocaust commemoration, the ADL national director said the leaders’ language means they are closing their ‘eyes to a reality.’ ... [Link]

Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

Ben Sales Some 100 survivors from 19 countries are expected to attend official ceremonies in Poland at the site of the former concentration camp. ... [Link]

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