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Again: Reports of Shalit’s release

Again: Reports of Shalit’s release

JERUSALEM — Amid a flurry of media reports that after more than three years of deadlock, Hamas may agree this week to release St.-Sgt. Gilad Shalit, President Shimon Peres told reporters in Cairo on Sunday that progress had been made toward a prisoner swap.

“There are negotiations between the two sides. I do not think that I need to elaborate. We all know there is progress. I hope that it will lead to a positive conclusion,” Peres said.

Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned that the media reports on progress in the talks “could harm the efforts” to release Shalit.

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International

Eastern European Jewry rises

Eastern European Jewry risesROME — Eastern Europe’s Jews have come out of the shadows.When the Cold War ended 20 years ago with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, Jewish communities in the region were small, weak and generally veiled.Now Jewish life, culture, religious practice and ethnic identity are part of the contemporary mosaic — often unabashedly so.“When I began working in Poland in 1990, it was almost completely taboo to tell y...
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Israel

Diaspora support for Israeli-Arab causes

NEW YORK — When the Reform movement passed a resolution endorsing advocacy for Israeli Arabs, it wasn’t the first time an American Jewish group had backed the cause of Israeli-Arab equality.In recent years, a growing number of American Jews have thrown their support toward Israeli-Arab causes, including civil rights and advocacy organizations, women’s empowerment courses, student-exchange programs and even film festivals.More than 80 Jewish groups belong to the inter-agency task force on I...
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International

Demjanjuk: Last major Nazi trial?

Demjanjuk: Last major Nazi trial?BERLIN — Whether in a wheelchair or on his own two feet, John Demjanjuk will enter Munich District Court on Nov. 30 to stand trial for World War II-era crimes against humanity.He is charged as an accessory to the murder of 29,700 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland.The trial, which some are billing as the last major Nazi war crimes case, marks another landmark for Germany’s confrontation with its Nazi past.It will be the second war crimes trial for Demjanjuk, 89, who was born in Ukraine...
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National

Rubashkin — 1,250 years? — to appeal

Rubashkin — 1,250 years? — to appealWASHINGTON — Facing a prison sentence of up to 1,250 years following his conviction last week on 86 of 91 fraud charges, Sholom Rubashkin is hoping his exoneration will come on appeal.But US prosecutors are looking forward to the next trial for Rubashkin, the former vice president of Agriprocessors when it was the nation’s largest kosher meat plant.The trial, for 72 immigration violations, is scheduled to begin Dec. 2.Rubashkin’s immediate concern is whether he will be released on bail pen...

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Almost 80 years after ordination, the first woman rabbi finally gets her due

Julie Wiener Forgotten for almost half a century, Rabbi Regina Jonas inspires a tour and tribute featuring America’s first female Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox rabbis. ... [Link]

First female rabbi, Regina Jonas, commemorated at Terezin site

mbrodsky A memorial plaque to Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi, was unveiled at the former Nazi concentration camp Terezin in the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

Ron Kampeas At least two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem being held against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. ... [Link]

Israeli soccer team attacked in Austria

Marcy Oster Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters. ... [Link]

West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

Marcy Oster Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Isra... [Link]

Presidents Conference convening national solidarity day for Israel

Ron Kampeas The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is convening an Israel solidarity event in Washington for Jewish leaders. ... [Link]

IDF soldiers arrested for leaking casualty information on WhatsApp

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were arrested for using the text-messaging service WhatsApp to leak information on Gaza casualties. ... [Link]

Jewish deputy PM Groysman to serve as Ukraine’s acting prime minister

Ron Kampeas Volodymyr Groysman is the acting prime minister of Ukraine until its parliament elects an interim prime minister to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who resigned. ... [Link]

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