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Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk.

Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the bombed-out apartment in eastern Ukraine that his family fled last month as a tense standoff between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces escalated into urban warfare.

Like many Ukrainians, the boy has become inured to disturbing sights after months of violent conflict in his country.

Even after watching the video, Anatoly says he would rather be home — under fire, but with his friends and classmates. But his mother insists they are staying with relatives near Dnepropetrovsk, far from the battle zone, as long as the fighting persists.

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Two Americans killed in Gaza

Two Americans killed in GazaBALTIMORE — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get together, maybe go to the beach. But Israel was in the midst of an escalating conflict with Hamas. “Bro’, hope this’ll be over soon, so we can meet up,” the Texas-born Carmeli wrote to Benisti in the...
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International

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISISTHE bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight. Yet we must not allow our justified concerns about ISIS to blind us to the even greater danger to regional security posed by a nuclear Iran. We must remember that a nuclear Iran could credibly threaten our allies with destruction — especially Israel,...
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International

Synagogue firebombed near Paris

PARIS — A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. The firebomb went off late on July 11 at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported. On July 8, the day that Israel la...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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International

Antwerp: ‘Slaughter Jews’ at anti-Israel protest

ANTWERP — Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended the July 12 protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.” The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day be...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Uriel Heilman Down to about 1,500 Jews from 15,000 in 1959, the Cuban Jewish community continues to see the exodus of its younger and most active members to Israel. ... [Link]

When the office is a death camp

Ben Harris The 1.5 million annual visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum come and go. But for employees who report daily to one of the world’s most notorious killing fields, the job can be an emot... [Link]

Liberman orders party activists to distribute Charlie Hebdo for free

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Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina

Ben Sales Damian Pachter of BuenosAiresHerald.com left Argentina for Israel, where he also has citizenship, after the threats and being followed, an Argentine journalists’ group said. ... [Link]

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