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After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli athletes get recognition

After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli athletes get recognition

“WE HAVE given the best years of our lives to remember — to remember the tragedy of what happened . . . Now we are starting to see some light from all of our efforts.”

Such is the sentiment of Ilana Romano, widow of Israeli weightlifter Yossef Romano, who was murdered by Palestine Liberation Organization terrorists along with 10 other members of the Israeli Olympic team during the summer of 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany.

That fateful event became known as the “Munich Massacre.”

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The Holocaust film that is upending the genre

The Holocaust film that is upending the genreNEW YORK — Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it’s unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative. But the new film “Son of Saul,” the first by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, is being called just that. It also was one of the most widely talked about films at this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where it landed the Grand Prix award for second best film. (The French film “Dheepan” won the top prize, the Palme d’Or.)...
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Bronco start date Rosh Hashanah

NEW YORK — On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life. But Jewish football fans may be missing something else: the NFL opening games they are missing. The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff is on Sunday, Sept. 13, which is the first night of Rosh Hashanah. The Denver Broncos will open their season at home that Sunday, against the Baltimore Ravens.
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Sabbath-observing baseball exec says record contract makes sense for Marlins

Sabbath-observing baseball exec says record contract makes sense for MarlinsMIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a record 13-year, $325 million contract and fellow outfielder Christian Yelich, 23, to a seven-year, nearly $50 million deal were parts of a plan to retain the club’s budding talent and vault the club into playoff contention while saving money down the line. But this was the Marlins, who had a t...
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‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portraitLOS ANGELES — Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg isn’t bothered seeing his years of struggle and triumph portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold,” a new drama based on Schoenberg’s recovery of a world famous painting looted by the Nazis from its Jewish owners. The movie focuses on the relationship between Maria Altmann, the elderly descendant of one of the wealthiest and most prominent Jewish families in Vienna, and a young, unproven lawyer who took on the Austrian and America...
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Israeli troops near Gaza come under mortar fire, as two rockets fired into Israel

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops stationed on the border with Gaza came under mortar fire, as two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel. The mortar attack on Thursday afternoon, the six... [Link]

Gaza terror tunnel discovered on border

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces have uncovered a tunnel that runs from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel. The tunnel, found on Thursday along the border with Israel, marks the seco... [Link]

Obama calls for solidarity with European Jews, Jewish students on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his Holocaust Remembrance Day message, President Barack Obama called for solidarity with Jews facing anti-Semitism in Europe and on campuses. “Today, and every day, we st... [Link]

Trump: No message for followers who flooded reporter with anti-Semitic abuse

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he had no message for supporters who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic comments after she wrote a critical profile of his wife. “You’ll have to talk t... [Link]

Jewish-founded team wins Uruguayan basketball league

Marcy Oster RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Hebraica Macabi, a basketball team founded by members of Uruguay’s Jewish community, became champion of the country’s basketball league for the second time. He... [Link]

IDF deputy chief of staff clarifies remarks that seemed to compare Israel to Nazi Germany

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces deputy chief of staff on Thursday clarified that he did not mean to compare Israel and its military to the rise of Nazism in Germany. Gen. Yair Golan ... [Link]

‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The first Cuban delegation will participate in the “Birthright for Jewish moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin Ameri... [Link]

Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate. “The Republican J... [Link]

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