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BBC defends mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza program

LONDON — The British Broadcasting Corporation defended its decision to translate the words of Gaza children saying that Israel was responsible for massacres rather than Jews.

The translation appears in subtitles that BBC editors prepared for the public broadcaster’s documentary “Children of the Gaza War” by Lyse Doucet, which was cleared for airing last week.

In one interview, a Gazan child says the “yahud” are massacring Palestinians. However, the subtitles read “Israel is massacring us.” The Arabic words for Jews and Israelis are pronounced “yahud” and “yisraelina,” respectively. The BBC in the past has offered a correct translation of the word “yahud.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penalty

Should Holmes be put to death? Judaism and the death penaltyShould the mentally ill convicted murderer of 12 human beings be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, or death? On July 16, the jury in the James Holmes trial handed down a unanimous verdict in record time — guilty on 24 counts of first-degree murder stemming from the July 20, 2012, massacre at an Aurora theater. Guilty verdicts also were rendered on 140 related charges of attempted murder.
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Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg case

Newly unsealed documents in Rosenberg caseNEW YORK — Newly unsealed court records may provide fodder for those who believe Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, who were Jewish, were famously put to death in 1953 in Ossining, NY, for conspiring to share atomic secrets with the Soviet Union.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the making

Timeline: Iran's nuclear push has been decades in the makingWASHINGTON — The road to the Iran nuclear deal did not start in November, 2013, when the major powers and Iran launched formal talks. It did not begin in 2010, when the US Congress passed the far-reaching Iran sanctions and the UN Security Council approved its own set of sanctions. Rather, the road to the deal secured last week, which will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, began decades earlier. Here are some highlights on the way to th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

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Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'

Obama's cousin is 'Black chief rabbi'CHICAGO — Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century. A recent statement from the International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the “titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews.” Along with the US, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
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What the $55,000 Israel trip for Oscar nominees looks like

Gabe Friedman Whether or not Leonard DiCaprio finally wins Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, he’ll at least take home a free trip to the Holy Land. As announced last week, 26 of the presenters an... [Link]

Orthodox man, 25, stabbed in Brooklyn

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox man was stabbed on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters. Yehuda Lib Brikman, 25, who according t... [Link]

Kahane’s widow: Jewish extremists ‘have nothing to do with’ Kahane’s ideology

Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA) – Her husband was assassinated and her grandson is in prison. But Libby Kahane, widow of the late far-right Rabbi Meir Kahane, has remained faithful to her husband’s ideology. She ... [Link]

WATCH: Hitler comedy ‘Look Who’s Back’ coming to Netflix

Ben Sales (JTA) — A German satirical movie about Adolf Hitler coming back to life in modern-day Germany will appear on the Netflix streaming service in April. “Look Who’s Back,” which wa... [Link]

‘Bernie Sandwiches’ hailed as New Hampshire winner, and other Jewish tweets

Gabe Friedman In the scramble to announce Bernie Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes gave the Internet one of the Jewiest food memes since Hillary Clinto... [Link]

Why Bernie Sanders’ historic victory is no big deal to Jews – or America

Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA) — Bernie Sanders is having a month of historic firsts. In New Hampshire on Tuesday night, he handily won the Democratic Party contest, becoming the first Jew to win a presidential pri... [Link]

Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers. Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest... [Link]

Knesset’s Tzipi Livni: Treat international media as ‘hostile arena’

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) —  The chair of a Knesset subcommittee said “We must treat the international media arena as a hostile arena” in the wake of a controversial headline on the killing of an ... [Link]

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