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Eight-year sentence for abuse in Australia

Eight-year sentence for abuse in Australia

SYDNEY — A former security guard at a Chabad school in Melbourne was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping one boy and sexually abusing eight others.

David Samuel Cyprys, 45, must serve a minimum of 5 1/2 years in prison, according to the sentence handed down last Friday, Dec. 20, by County Court of Victoria Judge Peter Wischusen.

Cyprys worked as a security guard at Yeshivah College when he perpetrated sex crimes between 1983 and 1991. He was found guilty earlier this year of raping a 15-year-old boy five times between 1990 and 1991.

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Israel

No Christmas tree on display in the Knesset

JERUSALEM — Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said it would be inappropriate to place a Christmas tree on prominent display in the Knesset following a request from a Christian lawmaker. Edelstein suggested in a statement released Sunday, Dec. 22, that Hanna Swaid of the Israeli-Arab Hadash party, who is Christian, place a Christmas tree in his office or in the party’s faction room. “I do not believe it appropriate to order the erection of a Christmas tree as you requested,” Edelst...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 December 2013 04:24 )

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Israel

US spying on Israel boosts calls for Pollard’s release

US spying on Israel boosts calls for Pollard’s releaseTEL AVIV — The disclosure last week that American intelligence spied on former Israeli prime ministers has given new momentum to the effort to secure a pardon for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several leading Knesset members have called in recent days for Pollard’s release following reports that documents leaked by former defense contractor Edward Snowden showed US intelligence had targeted the email addresses of Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert. P...
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National

Backlash against ASA

WASHINGTON — The American studies departments of Brandeis University and Penn State Harrisburg withdrew from the American Studies Assn. after it voted to boycott Israeli universities. “We view the recent vote by the membership to affirm an academic boycott of Israel as a politicization of the discipline and a rebuke to the kind of open inquiry that a scholarly association should foster,” Brandeis University said in a statement last week.
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IJN seeks summer intern for 2014

@IJN_Colorado is seeking high school seniors with an interest in #journalism for a summer internship. Details @ pic.twitter.com/tITps9flCs — IJN (@IJN_Colorado) December 20, 2013 ...
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Obama nominates Saperstein to religious freedom post

Ron Kampeas President Obama nominated Reform movement leader Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hijacking the black struggle, war on Israeli dissent, car crash crowing?

Julie Wiener JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

Palestinian gunmen infiltrate Israel through tunnel

Marcy Oster Israeli troops confronted a group of Palestinian gunmen who infiltrated into Israel via a tunnel from Gaza. ... [Link]

As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

Ben Sales After nearly six decades in Israeli politics, the Nobel laureate and elder statesman leaves public life having failed to achieve the peace he long sought. ... [Link]

Four Israeli civilians killed in attack in southern Israel

Marcy Oster At least four Israelis were killed and several others were injured in a mortar attack in southern Israel. ... [Link]

Synagogue, cars in North Miami vandalized with ‘Hamas’

Marcy Oster A synagogue in North Miami Beach was vandalized with spray painted swastikas and the word “Hamas.” ... [Link]

Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

Cnaan Liphshiz Born in the Netherlands to an Israeli father and Dutch mother, Ithamar Avnon volunteered for Israeli army duty, serving in Operation Cast Lead in 2009. ... [Link]

3 killed when Gaza hospital hit; 7 die in nearby park

Marcy Oster A strike on a hospital in Gaza City left at least three dead, while seven more were killed in a nearby park. ... [Link]

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