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West Bank – Israel Moving Ahead With New 1,000 Settler Housing

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West Bank - Israel is moving forward with plans to build more than 1,000 homes in two small isolated Jewish settlements deep in the West Bank, a spokesman said Thursday, as Palesti...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Taps Arye Deri As Next Shas Head

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Jerusalem - A spokesman for Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party says it has reinstated Arieh Deri as party leader. Deri last held the post in 1999, the year he was convicted of a...

Jerusalem – Museum Unveils Mysterious Hebrew Tablet

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Jerusalem - An ancient limestone tablet covered with a mysterious Hebrew text that features the archangel Gabriel is at the center of a new exhibit in Jerusalem, even as scholars c...

Rome – Pope Accepts Peres’ Invitation To Israel

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Rome - Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East. ...

West Bank – Palestinian Prisoner In Deal With Israel Ends Fast

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West Bank - A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for eight months ended his hunger strike on Tuesday after reaching a deal with Israeli for early release, his lawyer and the mil...

Poland – Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Reflects A Changing Poland

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Poland - Almost nothing remains of the old Warsaw Ghetto: a few buildings here and there, a synagogue, some fragments of a brick wall. The rest was blown up by the Germans in their...

Paris – French Chief Rabbi Says Will Not Quit Over Plagiarism Scandal

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Paris - Gilles Bernheim, the grand rabbi of France, refused to quit on Tuesday despite admitting to several counts of plagiarism and to deception about his academic credentials. ...

Norwich, England – Jews Bury 17 Medieval Massacre Victims Discovered At Bottom Of Well

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Norwich, England - The remains of 17 bodies, discovered at the bottom of a well in the city of Norwich in 2004, were given a Jewish burial in Earlham Cemetery in Norwich. The Bo...

Israel – Likud Beytenu And Yesh Atid Sign Coalition Deal, Excluding Ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a coalition deal Friday with rival parties to form the next government, a spokesman said, in an agreement that was stalled...

Israel – Infant Critically Hurt In Traffic Accident Caused By Stone Throwing Palestinians

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Israel - A three-year-old girl was critically injured in the West Bank on Thursday night when the car she was traveling in veered into an oncoming truck after it was hit by stone-t...

Israel – Netanyahu Strike Coalition Deal Excluding Ultra-Religious

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Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement Thursday to form a new coalition government that is expected to try to curb years of preferential treatme...

Jerusalem – Politics Clouding Obama’s Coming Visit To Israel

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Jerusalem - A week before President Barack Obama is set to arrive in the region, Middle East politics are already casting a cloud over the visit as Israeli and Palestinian official...

Israel – US Envoy: Obama Trip Is Key Sign Of Close Bilateral Ties

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Israel - The visit to Israel by US President Barack Obama sends a key message of support not only to Israel and the US public, but also to others who see the warmth of  the relatio...

Israel – Schalit Signs Petition Urging Obama To Release Pollard

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Israel - Former kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit became the latest well-known Israeli to sign a petition Monday calling upon US President Barack Obama to commute the life sentence o...

Sofia – Bulgaria Admits Failing To Save Thousands Of Jews From Nazi Death Camps

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Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgarians on Sunday commemorated public protests that led to the rescue of more than 48,000 Jewish countrymen from deportation to Nazi death camps. Ceremonies...

Jerusalem – 3 Charedim Arrested Protesting Archeological Diggings

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Jerusalem - Three haredim were arrested on Sunday morning while attempting to disrupt archeological diggings in Jerusalem, police said. The haredim were demonstrating against th...

Jerusalem – Israeli Police, Palestinians Clash At Jerusalem Mosque

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Jerusalem - Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in...

Washington – Obama Meets American Jewish Leaders Ahead Of Israel Trip

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Washington - President Barack Obama hosted leaders of major American Jewish organizations at the White House on Thursday as he sought to smooth the way for his first presidential ...

Jerusalem – Prisoner Flees Rabbinical Court Through Window

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Jerusalem - A 40-year-old prisoner who refused to give his wife a divorce according to Jewish law escaped during a hearing at the Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon....

Israel – Yesh Atid Sees No Place For Haredim In Next Government

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Israel - Yesh Atid has made it clear that they see no place for haredim in the next government, Likud Beytenu said following talks between the two parties Thursday, encouraging the...