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Vaccination: The medicine, the politics, the day schools

Vaccination: The medicine, the politics, the day schools

In 1952, approximately 57,628 cases of polio were reported in the worst recorded polio epidemic in US history. Parents felt helpless. Footage of children confined to iron lung machines dominated the newsreels.

When large-scale polio immunizations were administered to children in the fall of 1955, parents willingly permitted their children to line up in their elementary schools for the vaccination.

The mass implementation of Jonas Salk’s vaccine has wiped out polio in the US.

No one complained as immunizations against common and potentially dangerous childhood diseases like measles, mumps and German measles (MMR) became available — except those who feared the needle’s sting.


Boise woman attacked over conversion effort

BOISE — A woman in Boise, Idaho, allegedly harassed and physically attacked her Jewish neighbor in order to convince her to convert to Christianity. Marguerite Haragan, 58, was charged last week with two counts of malicious harassment in the attack, which police have labeled a hate crime, the KTVB television station in Boise reported. She could face up to five years in prison for each count. Haragan first harassed the alleged victim, who was identified in court as A.G., with phone calls. On ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:46 )


British party backs ban on shechita, halal

LONDON — Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has come out in support of legislation that would ban the production of ritually slaughtered meat. The United Kingdom Independence Party became the first major political party in the country to call for a ban on religious slaughter for halal and kosher meat. “Animal and veterinary science has long concluded that cutting the throats of animals whilst they are fully conscious can cause significant distress and pain,” a UKIP statement sent to the m...

Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Pearl

PALM BEACH — James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl. The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Feb. 6 during the organization’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Foley, an Illinois native, was killed in Syria in August after being held hostage by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for nearly two y...

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen Mountain

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen MountainASPEN — After Yinon Cohen lost his legs in an accident involving a rocket-propelled grenade, it wasn’t clear he’d ever be able to walk again, much less ski down a peak in the Rocky Mountains. A fresh-faced soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Golani brigade, Cohen was in an advanced weapons training course in February, 2003 when his sergeant inadvertently fired an RPG, an explosive weapon capable of piercing armored vehicles, straight into his legs. Just moments before, Cohen ha...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:54 )

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French Jews advised to avoid use of the term Zionism

Cnaan Liphshiz Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American political strategist from the United States, advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. ... [Link]

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