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Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told top Senate Democrats he regretted that his planned address to the U.S. Congress is being perceived as partisan, as President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said the speech was “destructive.” Netanyahu wrote Tuesday to decline an invitation from Sens. Dick Durbin(…)

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Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

By Julie Wiener, JTA World News Service Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” HonestReporting.com described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.” Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods upon Gaza’s already beleaguered residents has released a torrent(…)

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Doing downward dog in Ramallah

Doing downward dog in Ramallah

 By Batya Ungar-Sargon, JTA World News Service Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two. I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently(…)

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Poll: Americans slightly in favor of Palestinian state

Poll: Americans slightly in favor of Palestinian state

(JTA) — Slightly more Americans favor the establishment of an independent Palestinian state than those opposed, a new poll found. Forty-two percent of the 837 Americans surveyed by Gallup backed a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while 38 percent were against one, according to the poll released Tuesday. Some 20 percent had(…)

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Scandinavian Jews see silver lining in strong Muslim response to Denmark shootings

Scandinavian Jews see silver lining in strong Muslim response to Denmark shootings

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service As a longtime promoter of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Denmark, Naveed Baig is no stranger to Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue. The imam at the capital’s Danish Islamic Center, Baig, 39, has on numerous occasions sat under the structure’s gold-and-white ceiling meeting with people he calls his “Jewish brethren” to discuss issues of(…)

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Two in custody for allegedly aiding Copenhagen gunman

Two in custody for allegedly aiding Copenhagen gunman

(JTA) — Copenhagen police are holding two men suspected of aiding the gunman in separate deadly shootings in the Dutch capital, including on a synagogue. In a statement Monday, police said that the men are “suspected of aiding and abetting the perpetrator in connection with the shooting attacks” at a cultural center and at Copenhagen’s(…)

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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’

Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s main synagogue early Sunday morning, two police officers toting machine guns were on patrol outside(…)

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Fossil of 85-million-year-old reptile found in Israeli desert

Fossil of 85-million-year-old reptile found in Israeli desert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The remains of an 85-million-year-old reptile — the oldest fossils ever found in Israel — were identified in the Arava Desert. Some 30 fossils belonging to the Elasmosaurus, a large carnivorous reptile, were discovered in the southern Israeli desert. The ancient reptile, a carnivore considered a “cousin” of the dinosaur, was about(…)

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S. African university student board calls for expelling Jewish students

S. African university student board calls for expelling Jewish students

(JTA) — The vice chancellor at a South African university called a student government demand to kick out pro-Israel Jewish students “outrageous” and “preposterous.” The Students Representative Council at the Durban University of Technology called on the university to expel “Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle,” council secretary Mqondisi Duma(…)

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Netanyahu says speech will go ahead as planned

Netanyahu says speech will go ahead as planned

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is determined to speak to Congress on March 3. “At a time when there are those who would deal with protocol and politics, an agreement with Iran is taking shape in Munich that would risk Israel’s existence,” Netanyahu said on Twitter, apparently referring to talks(…)

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Rivlin announces project to integrate Arab-Israelis into workforce

Rivlin announces project to integrate Arab-Israelis into workforce

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin launched a project to help integrate Arab-Israelis into the workforce. Rivlin announced the project Sunday during a meeting at the president’s residence in Jerusalem with CEOs and employers involved in the initiative. Days earlier, Rivlin met with the mayors and local council heads of Arab-Israeli towns and municipalities.(…)

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