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Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboards

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboards

SYDNEY — Campaign billboards in New Zealand were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs about Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe.

Ahead of the election on Sept. 20, several billboards were daubed last week, the local media reported. One billboard was scrawled with the words “Lying Jew c***sucker” and defaced the image of Key with a black hat and sidelocks.

Key, the leader of the conservative National Party, is seeking a third term in office.

“I just find it disappointing for the Jewish community,” Key, who acknowledges his Jewish ancestry but is not a practicing Jew, told local media.

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Israel

What’s worse than Hamas?

What’s worse than Hamas?TEL AVIV — After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day. For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a territory, maintains a social service wing and controls smaller, more extremist factions. Through mediators, Hamas and Israel have reached agreements in 2011 and 2012, and are negotiating another one now in Cai...
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Zionists attend anti-Zionist rally in Colorado Springs

Zionists attend anti-Zionist rally in Colorado Springs“IT was a good night to be a Zionist in Colorado Springs” stated long-time Colorado Springs resident and attorney Manny Weiss after attending an evening event Monday, August 11. Candles were lit and distributed during a gathering in downtown Colorado Springs as supporters of The Middle East Peace Project and members of the local Jewish community assembled for a “Candle Light Vigil for Gaza.” It was the third vigil organized recently by The Middle East Peace Project, which is a task for...

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 August 2014 05:05 )

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Israel

Tales from the front that warm the heart

Tales from the front that warm the heartJERUSALEM — Perhaps with the worries about rockets flying and death tolls mounting during the Gaza operation, many lost sight of different stories from the conflict. Here are some you may have missed in recent days. Meet Lt. Eitan, hero Israelis held their collective breath after learning that an Israeli soldier was believed to have been taken captive through one of the tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel. Lt. Hadar Goldin was later declared dead based on several factors. One consideration ...
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International

Germany: Jews quit interfaith council

Germany: Jews quit interfaith councilBERLIN — The Jewish community of Frankfurt dropped out of the German city’s interfaith Council of Religions, saying it failed to condemn anti-Israel statements by local Islamic leaders. Leo Latasch, the head of social affairs for the Jewish community, cited the council failing to censure statements made by members of the Islamic Religious Association of Hessen. “These are not people with whom we can continue to work,” Latasch told Germany’s Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine....
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David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach

mbrodsky After early growing pains, the ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv mentor has the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers poised for a deep playoff run in his NBA debut. ... [Link]

Israel asks Congress for more missile defense funds

Marcy Oster The request comes amid what is considered a crisis in U.S.-Israel relations over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress. ... [Link]

IDF calls up 13,000 reservists for mass West Bank training exercise

Marcy Oster The two-day drill is designed to prepare the reservists for a possible escalation of violence in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Ex-Israeli military officials call on Netanyahu to cancel speech

Marcy Oster An alliance of more than 180 former officials says the Israeli leader is misleading Israel and strengthening Iran. ... [Link]

Netanyahu speech needed to go through Obama, half of U.S. voters say

Marcy Oster Some 48 percent of voters told a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll that the president should have been consulted before the Israeli prime minister was invited to address a joint session of Congress. ... [Link]

AIPAC emphasizes Iran talks at record-breaking conference

Ron Kampeas The pro-Israel lobby, with 16,000 activists in attendance, is pushing bills that seek increased congressional involvement in the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers. ... [Link]

With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations

Ben Harris A new documentary from writer-director Andrew Goldberg, who has become public television’s semi-official Jewish chronicler, looks at what brought millions to America’s shores. ... [Link]

White House squeezes U.S.-Israel into two sides of a card

Ron Kampeas The U.S.-Israel relationship, or 5 things I love about you. ... [Link]

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