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Arab MK: Time to Abandon 2-State Solution

A senior leader of the Joint Arab List, MK Basel Ghattas, on Saturday called to abandon the two-state solution in favor of one-state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. Ghattas suggested this would bring about an “end the occupation and an end to the terrifying settlement enterprise, and ensure...

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Strange Bedfellows

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the town of Efrat in the Gush Etzion bloc, 7 miles south of Jerusalem, in the heart of Judea, has been embroiled in a controversy with Israel’s chief rabbinate which earned him lavish support from individuals and publications that, on normal days, disagree with...

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London Based Arab Paper: Moscow Turning Its Back on Assad

The London based newspaper Asharq Al Awsat cites Gulf state and high-level Western sources saying Russia is in the process of radically withdrawing its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The sources explained that the change in the Russian position come against the backdrop of Russia’s urgent need to...

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VP’s Son Beau Biden Dead at 46

The former attorney general of Delaware, and an officer who served in the Judge Advocate General Corps in Iraq, Joseph R. Biden III, eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., died of brain cancer at age 46. The vice president issued a statement saying: “It is with broken...

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Report: 130 Former Nazis Collected $20 Million in Social Security

A report by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration, Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., to be released on Tuesday, shows that at least 130 former Nazi war criminals collected more than $20 million in retirement benefits, AP reported. The report was carried out on a request from Congresswoman Carolyn...

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Report: Rise in Suspicious Activities Near Dutch Jewish Institutions

A new report by the Jewish security organization BLEW—the Foundation For Life and Welfare—suggests there has been a rise in “suspicious activities” close to Jewish buildings in the Netherlands. Chairman Dennis Mok says that although the police are alert to the problem, his group has noted a “sharp rise in...

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Israeli Minister: Emerging Iran Deal a Sleight of Hand

Likud Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz on Saturday said Iran’s refusal to allow inspectors access to some key military installations is suspicious, making the entire emerging agreement worthless. He said Iran’s behavior regarding the negotiations-which are due to conclude by the end of June—is yet...

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Palestinians Blink Just before FIFA Vote on Suspending Israel

The vote on the proposal by the Palestinian Football Association, which had asked FIFA to remove Israel the international soccer community, was avoided at the last minute Friday, after the proposal was withdrawn. Palestinian federation President Jibril Rajoub told the world governing body convening in Zurich, Switzerland, that the PFA...

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Attack of the IDF Drones: Israel Looking to Expand Unmanned Protection

In recent years, the IDF and Israel’s Defense Ministry have been developing advanced, unmanned vehicles promising to become as common in use by the ground and naval forces as the drones are in service of the airforce, the Israel Defense Forces blog revealed Thursday. Guardium, an unmanned land vehicle, has...

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Jon Stewart Officially Retires after Yom Kippur, Replaced by Son of ‘Half Jewish Mum’

On Thursday night, the Commedy Central Daily Show Twitter account announced: “@Trevornoah starts his new job September 28. Late night will NEVER BE THE SAME. Or maybe it will.” The tweet was accompanied by a 30-second clip showing the South African comedian trying on for size the Daily Show host’s...

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Got Cement?

The Quds News Network’s Facebook page (Moto: “Palestine: The Full Picture”) this week published a photo of the new house constructed by a family in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The family’s home was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war last summer. During the war,...

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Adelson Fails to Move Former CEO’s Lawsuit to Macau

Clark County, Nevada, District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez has ruled that the wrongful termination suit brought against billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Sands China Ltd by the latter’s former CEO will be heard in a U.S. courtroom. Adelson had attempted to move the case to a Macau court. Former Sands China...

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Bernie Sanders Not Blameless in Using Nazi Comparison

It is a well established point of online decorum, that the first person to mention the Holocaust in a debate loses, regardless of his or her position. And so, when CNBC interviewer John Harwood on Tuesday asked Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders about his being compared with the National Socialist...

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Auschwitz Sonderkommando’s Tale Wins Cannes Grand Prix, But Realism of Scenes May Be Dubious

“Son of Saul,” the story of a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz who finds his son’s body in the gas chamber, has won the Grand Prix award—the equivalent of second place—at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, depicting the horrors of Auschwitz through what was described as a micro-narrative, is the first...

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Amnesty’s ‘Strangling Necks’ Report Depicts Hamas-Ruled Gaza as New ‘Heart of Darkness’

Amnesty International’s report titled “Strangling Necks: Abductions, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict,” has been released Tuesday night, depicting an image of life under siege in Gaza reminiscent of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” According to the report, “Hamas forces in Gaza...

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Reformist Finance Minister Gets Control of Israel Lands Authority

The Israel Lands Authority and all its ministerial powers have been transferred on Monday by the Knesset from the Housing to the Finance Ministry, opening the door for long awaited reforms in land use. The transfer was enshrined in the current coalition agreement, in response to the demand of Finance...

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Netanyahu Willing to Reach Understanding on Settlement Blocs Borders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks last week, in a meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (Catherine Ashton’s successor), indicated that he wants to resume negotiations with the Palestinians in order to clarify what are the rigid boundaries that...

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Hamas Construction Opposite Israeli Border Kibbutz Raising Concerns

The Hamas organization is working feverishly to establish a training and information gathering facility near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, on the Gaza Strip border, a military source told Israel’s News 0404. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has been constructing a new road in...

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Israeli Attorney Threatens to Cyberbully Local Facebook CEO He Says Enables Cyberbullying

Attorney Guy Ofir threatens to reveal the contact information of Facebook Israel CEO Adi Sofer-Teeny, so Israelis who have encountered cyberbullying can contact her directly, seeing as they have no other avenue of remedy, Channel 2 News reported. On Sunday, Ofir sent a letter to the legal firm of Herzog,...

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IDF Purchasing Four German Warships to Protect Gas Fields

Israel’s defense ministry on Monday announced a deal to buy four German corvettes at an overall cost of $480 million. The corvette is the smallest class of vessel still rated a warship, smaller than a frigate and larger than coastal patrol or fast attack craft. A modern corvette typically weighs from 500...

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Orthodox Organization Launches Public Discussion of Sex and Intimacy

The Yahel Institute (the name is a Hebrew acronym for Marital Life Consulting and Training Center), established by halachic teacher Malka Piotrkowsky, psychologist Rabbi Ilai Ofran, and sexologist Tali Rosenbaum, maintains that the wedding night constitutes a landmark for many couples, but for religious couples, this is an even more...

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Did Julianna Margulies Order the On-Screen Exile of Kalinda?

In the season finale of “The Good Wife,” aired Sunday night, Julianna Margulies’ character, the disgraced, almost-Didtrict-Attorney Alicia Florrick, and the exotic Archie Panjabi’s character, slick investigator Kalinda Sharma, shared a scene in the same room together for the first time in many episodes. But Kevin Fallon, writing for The...

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Bike Ride for the Living Traces Jewish Misery and Liberation from Auschwitz to Krakow

“Ride for the Living” is an annual fundraising cycling event under the auspices of Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. The 50-mile track from Auschwitz to the Jewish Community Center of Krakow is presented by its founders as a kind of athletic celebration of the “miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in...

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A Taste of Things to Come: Opposition Takes Netanyahu to Court over Government Expansion Bill

JNi.media — Israel’s High Court on Sunday night ordered the Knesset to respond by 8:00 AM to the appeal by MK Yair Lapid’s faction Yesh Atid for an interim injunction on legislation increasing the number of ministers in the next government, Israel Radio reported. The appeal argues that the legislative...

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Iran C-Section Rate Still World’s Highest as Women Seek Feminine Empowerment in Repressive Milieu

Iran’s Mehr news agency on Saturday cited the head of Midwifery at the Ministry of Health, who revealed that Iran still has the highest rate of cesarean sections in the world. Speaking at a ceremony praising midwives in the city of Zanjan, the health official, Farah Babayee, said that, with...

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Natalie Portman to Portray Justice Ginsburg as Young Feminist Struggling for Professional Recognition

Israeli-born film star Natalie Portman will portray Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new film titled “On The Basis of Sex,” to be directed by Marielle Heller (the filmmaker behind Sundance hit “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Deadline Hollywood reported. The film will follow Ginsburg’s struggle for...

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Eerily Reminiscent of Gaza Conflict, UN, Saudis, Clash over Bombings of Civilians

JNi.media — The latest exchanges between UN representatives on the ground in Yemen and Saudi officials is eerily reminiscent of reactions to confrontations between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip over the past decade. Early Sunday, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Johannes Van Der Klauuw said he was “deeply...

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Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff Inspire Taylor Swift Love Song

JNi.media — Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift credited her friend Lena Dunham’s relationship with Bleachers’ lead singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff as the inspiration for her song “You Are In Love.” “I wrote [“You Are in Love”] about things that Lena has told me about her and Jack. That’s just basically stuff she’s told...

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Cats Mulling Benefit of More Cream: Netanyahu Ministers to Vote on Larger Govt

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s yet to be approved coalition ministers will be asked to vote on an amendment to the Basic Law—Israel’s constitutional code—that limits to 18 the number of ministers, and to 4 the number of deputy ministers. The amendment postpones the law to the next...

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Adam Levine Pounded with Powdered Sugar Outside Kimmel’s Studio

Singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist for LA pop rock band Maroon 5 Adam Levine was bombed in the face with a bag of powdered sugar as he was leaving Jimmy Kimmel’s Hollywood studio for an interview, TMZ reported. On the show, Levine told Kimmel about an incident last month, when...

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Melissa Rivers: Joan Was a Strict Mother, As Am I

Melissa Rivers told People Magazine that when she was growing up, her mother, the late comedienne Joan Rivers, was “very strict” with her. Melissa added that she, too, is raising her 14-year-old son, Edgar Cooper Endicott, in a style that’s similar, but less formal. Born in 1968, Melissa is the...

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Bernie Sanders Determined to Be First Socialist, Jewish, Brooklynite US President

Should Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) win the 2016 elections, he would become the first son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to ever attain the office. He would also be the first Brooklyn, NY-born U.S. president, second Independent president (after George Washington), and first openly Socialist American chief executive. Late Wednesday night, the...

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Biden Calls Iran’s Increased Power after Nuclear Deal ‘A Myth’

Vice President Joe Biden said the deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran would block Iran’s ability to develop a bomb, thus helping to maintain the balance of power in the Middle East. Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Soref Symposium Gala Dinner Thursday, Biden said, “There’s...

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Ethiopian Demonstrators Cry ‘Baltimore Is Here’ in Clash over Police Violence

  A rowdy rally of some 200 Ethiopian Israelis Thursday night in Jerusalem surprised many with its rage and violence, as 14 were injured, including 3 police. Two demonstrators were arrested for assaulting police officers, with some demonstrators reportedly crying: “Baltimore is here,” referring to the riots in the U.S....

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Jews in the NEWS 4/30/15

Casino billionaire STEVE WYNN is under pressure amid sharp revenue declines in Macau— a 37.7 percent first-quarter drop compared to the same period last year, from $1.13 billion to $705.4 million. Ouch … Newport Beach money management giant Pimco on Wednesday announced hiring former federal reserve chairman BEN BERNANKE as special...

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