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At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service ANALYSIS NEW YORK (JTA) — The circus is coming to town. No, there won’t be marching elephants, lion tamers or motorcycles jumping through rings of fire. But there may be wolves in sheep’s clothing, tightrope walking and motorcades blocking traffic. We’re talking, of course, about the United Nations(…)

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Top 10 viral videos of 5774

Top 10 viral videos of 5774

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — For a few days this year, they clogged up our Facebook feeds and then, perhaps, our subconscious. In our list of the top viral videos of 5774, we bring back those videos that had you hitting “share” again and again. Prairie dogs under Gaza http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/181478/hamas-anthem-israel?all=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDUeEmgnm4  What(…)

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70 years on, a missing private comes home

70 years on, a missing private comes home

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (JTA) — The scene at Arlington National Cemetery last Friday was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer — one of the “Arlington Ladies”(…)

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Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students, and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts. Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its(…)

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Germany planning to fund anti-Semitism education for Muslim youth

Germany planning to fund anti-Semitism education for Muslim youth

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Germany is ready to allocate funds to tailor education about anti-Semitism for its Muslim students, the country’s Jewish outreach official said.Felix Klein, Germany’s special representative for relations with Jewish organizations, is in Washington this week to meet with Jewish groups and Obama administration officials over American concerns about a spike in(…)

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Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

Obama pledges to ‘destroy’ ISIS, citing threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing possible threats to the homeland among other considerations, President Obama pledged to “destroy”  ISIS using airstrikes and training the Iraqi army to combat the terror organization.“Our objective is clear,” Obama said, speaking Wednesday evening from the White House on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist(…)

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Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

Can Hillel and ‘Open Hillel’ smooth out their differences on Israel guidelines?

By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org   When Harvard Hillel refused to host a planned 2012 event titled “Jewish Voices Against the Israeli Occupation,” organized by the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, frustrated students wrote an open letter to the Hillel community criticizing the decision.   That letter has since(…)

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Jewish groups launch fair trade network

Jewish groups launch fair trade network

  NEW YORK (JTA) — A  new partnership has launched to enable the purchase of kosher “fair trade” coffee, tea and chocolate while supporting Jewish communal efforts on human trafficking and worker justice.The Jewish Fair Trade Partnership allows individuals and Jewish institutions like synagogues to purchase fair trade products at wholesale prices while supporting Equal(…)

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Jack the Ripper identified as Jewish barber from Poland

Jack the Ripper identified as Jewish barber from Poland

  (JTA) — The serial killer Jack the Ripper was identified through DNA as a Jewish barber who immigrated to London from Poland.Businessman Russell Edwards, an amateur Jack the Ripper sleuth, and molecular biologist Dr. Jari Louhelainen of Liverpool John Moores University made the discovery through DNA traces found on a shawl recovered from one(…)

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Study: Test all women of Ashkenazi descent for BRCA defect

Study: Test all women of Ashkenazi descent for BRCA defect

  JERUSALEM (JTA) — All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends.The study, by a research team headed by Ephrat Levy-Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was published last Friday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of(…)

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How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial. Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage. The(…)

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