The Jewish World

Rivlin in U.N. address stands up for Islam

Rivlin in U.N. address stands up for Islam

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin defended Islam in a U.N. address and said that “neither the West, nor the Christians nor the Jews are at war with Islam.” Rivlin made his remarks Wednesday at a General Assembly ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was the day before. “Right now, Islam encompasses,(…)

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2 soldiers dead, 7 wounded as Hezbollah hits Israeli tank

2 soldiers dead, 7 wounded as Hezbollah hits Israeli tank

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded when a Hezbollah anti-tank missile struck an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border. Wednesday’s attack by the Lebanese terrorist group included shelling of Israeli army positions in Israel’s North, according to Israeli reports. In response, the Israel Defense Forces hit southern Lebanon(…)

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What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service (JTA) – “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi. Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded look at ethics(…)

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Bulgarian president keeping palace lights on to protest anti-Semitism

Bulgarian president keeping palace lights on to protest anti-Semitism

PRAGUE (JTA) — The presidential palace in Bulgaria’s capital will remain lit throughout the night of International Holocaust Memorial Day to encourage actions against anti-Semitism. The symbolic act at the Sofia residence was announced Tuesday by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev at a meeting organized by the European Jewish Congress in Prague on the 70th anniversary(…)

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Argentine president backing measure to disband intelligence agency

Argentine president backing measure to disband intelligence agency

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she supports a bill to dissolve the country’s main intelligence agency, which she accused of conspiring against her government. In a televised address on Monday, her first since the body of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found in his apartment on Jan.(…)

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The Israeli micronation you never knew existed

The Israeli micronation you never knew existed

By Leah Falk, Jewniverse via JTA Looking for some relative peace and quiet in the Middle East? Look no farther than Akhzivland, a micronation on Israel’s northern coast, near Nahariya. Officially a mere 10,000 square meters, this tiny independent state is presided over by Eli Avivi, an Iranian expat who settled there in 1952. (After the destruction of the Palestinian village Az-Zeeb in(…)

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Don’t compare Ferguson and Palestine

Don’t compare Ferguson and Palestine

By Kenneth Jacobson, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The latest strategy being used by those who make a career of assaulting the good name of the State of Israel is to link the issue of full equality for African-Americans, as symbolized by the word “Ferguson,” with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is a(…)

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