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Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

  (JTA) — A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the Ebola virus and other epidemics.Larissa Kachanova, who heads the local branch of the Ukrainian government’s Sanitary and Epidemiological Management Center, issued the warning Sept. 18 ahead of the arrival of approximately 30,000 Jews expected to spend(…)

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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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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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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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How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

By Dmitriy Shapiro, JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week After months of rampaging through Iraq and stoking international fears that the Islamic State terrorist group could spread, a combination of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, aided by targeted United States airstrikes, appear to have pushed back the self-proclaimed caliphate’s rampage in the region.   Yet Islamic State’s potential reach(…)

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Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

By Felice Friedson, The Media Line “As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a mini-Iraq that few want to venture into. ‘It’s dangerous and getting worse(…)

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ISIS video purports to show beheading of Steven Sotloff

ISIS video purports to show beheading of Steven Sotloff

(JTA) — The Islamist ISIS organization has released a video that apparently shows the beheading of the American journalist Steven Sotloff. The nearly three-minute video, titled “A Second Message to America,” was released Tuesday afternoon on Twitter and other online outlets. Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi said in a brief statement that the family “knows(…)

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