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AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 Says War A Lesser Option

September 18, 2014, 8:04 pm
AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 Says War A Lesser Option

Gaza City – Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group’s No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Read More »

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New York – A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food.She began with some old family stories and some old Jewish jokes. “What does a Jewish woman make for dinner? Reservations.” “You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren’t slaughtered. They’re nagged to death.” Rivers, who died Sept. Read More »

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Riyadh – Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.Saudi Arabia’s commitment comes ahead of a conference in Cairo on Oct. Read More »

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Tel Aviv – Employees at Ben-Gurion Airport began their three hour strike Thursday in solidarity with postal workers who are in the midst of a labor dispute.The strike was called for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., but the initial security check was already halted at 10: 30 a.m. An estimated 8,000 passengers were expected to be stranded during the strike. Read More »

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Tel Aviv – Israel’s military said there had been no rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, despite a report on Israel Radio that two projectiles had struck after sirens sounded in the southern border area.”The sirens were false alarms,” a military spokeswoman said. Read More »

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New York – Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. Read More »

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Covington, KY – A US Kentucky Senate write-in candidate is using his campaign platform to spread his anti-Semitic message. Advertisement: Cincinnati’s WLWT 5 News (http: //bit.ly/1qZPPtE) reports Robert Ransdell is spreading his slogan, “With Jews We Lose,” via signs placed around Northern Kentucky. Read More »

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Jerusalem – A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel’s prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move.Gideon Saar, Israel’s 47-year-old Interior Minister, has climbed the ranks in his Likud party, finishing first in the past two primaries. Read More »

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Washington – Edward Snowden, the infamous ex-National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents, says the N.S.A. regularly passed American communications on to members of Israeli military organization 8200. Advertisement: In an interview with a New York Times reporter (http: //nyti. Read More »

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Abassan, Gaza Strip – The university student was desperate to flee Gaza after suffering through years of border closures and three wars. Advertisement: In early September, a week after the latest war between Gaza’s ruling Hamas and Israel, 22-year-old Mohammed Abu Toaimeh crossed into neighboring Egypt. Read More »

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New York – Police have stepped up security in Times Square but insist that there’s no information pointing to any terror plot against New York City. Read More »

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Jerusalem – A deal reached on war-battered Gaza’s reconstruction is set to be implemented in the coming months, with the amount of building materials entering the territory expected to quadruple, a U.N. official said Wednesday, in the first details of the agreement to emerge. Advertisement: James Rawley, a U.N. Read More »

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Washington – Vice President Joe Biden says he made a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders who took advantage of U.S. troops as “Shylocks.”Biden was speaking Tuesday to a legal aid group when he described how some troops serving overseas were facing foreclosures at home. Read More »

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New York – New York City police say suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people are up following unrest overseas.Deputy Chief Michael Osgood says there’s especially been an increase since July 1, when reports about unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news. Osgood says the attacks are random and spontaneous. Read More »

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Israel – Workers at Ben Gurion Airport have announced a strike to go into effect between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday. 70 flights are scheduled to land or take off at the airport during the hours of the planned strike. Read More »

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Warsaw, Poland – Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland. Read More »

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a “heinous crime” and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law. Read More »

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Golan Heights – A mortar landed on Wednesday in Israel territory in the Golan Height near the Quneitra border crossing with Syria.The incident was perceived by the IDF as an act of errant fire from the civil war in Syria. No injuries or damage were reported. Another mortar landed on the Syrian side of the border crossing. Read More »

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Gaza – The 48-year-old Palestinian woman’s husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza’s Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy – her husband. Read More »

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Berlin – Moshe Gershuni’s expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer. Read More »

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Israel – A Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza landed in Israeli territory, near the southern border on Tuesday evening. There were no injuries or damages in the attack, which occurred in the region between Eshkol and Sdot Negev. Read More »

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Elizabeth, NJ – In an effort to better understand the financial hardships faced by members of his parent body, the associate dean of a New Jersey yeshiva took part in a food stamp challenge, limiting himself to a $30 food budget for one week. Read More »

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Paris – France’s government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country’s newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. Read More »

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Brussels – Belgian authorities were on Tuesday investigating a suspected arson attack on a synagogue in the capital Brussels, prosecutors said.Jewish community officials said it was not immediately clear whether it was an anti-Semitic attack, although the building had been the target of petrol bombers in 2010. Read More »

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West Bank – The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year. Read More »

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New York – The debut of a livery car service providing women drivers for female passengers in the New York City area has stalled over lack of a sufficient number of drivers, the founder of the service said on Monday. Read More »

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Berlin – A 20-year-old German man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany. Read More »

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Hertfordshire, UK – A store security officer has been terminated and across-the-board apologies have been issued by company executives after the guard refused to allow two young Jewish students to enter a Sports Direct outlet in Hertfordshire on Friday.THEJC.com (http: //bit. Read More »

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Nassau County, NY – Taking their cue from the Tom’s shoe company, which donates a pair of shoes to the needy for every pair of shoes purchased, a quartet of Orthodox Five Towns residents are hoping to make philanthropy an integral component of their Read More »

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Tel Aviv – An Israeli man and an Uzbak woman were detained at Ben-Gurion Airport Monday on attempted smuggling charges after security officials found bullets and drugs encased in toys found in their carry-on bag and luggage, respectively, prior to boarding a flight to Uzbekistan. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Israel warned its citizens Monday to be on alert for possible attacks in Europe by Islamic militants who have fought in Iraq and Syria.The alert comes as Israelis prepare to head overseas for a traditional holiday period starting with the Jewish New Year on September 24. Read More »

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Sydney – Officials at a Jewish school and community center in a suburb outside of Sydney have begun construction of a bombproof concrete wall around its compound after a series of anti-Semitic incidents.DAILYMAIL.co.uk (http: //dailym. Read More »

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United Nations – U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are being relocated from four positions and one camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border, a diplomatic source said on Monday after recent clashes with al-Qaeda-linked militants.”Staff in U.N. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country’s daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87.Hofi fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and rose through the ranks to become head of the northern command during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Read More »

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Tel Aviv – Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges.Court spokeswoman Shirli Koren said the decision allows Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, to remain free until a ruling on his appeal is made. Read More »

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Tehran – Iran has called on the UN atomic agency to condemn an “act of aggression” by Israel for sending, Tehran says, a drone last month to spy on a site which is at the center of its decade-old nuclear dispute with the West. Read More »

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Jerusalem – One week after a mob of masked Palestinians looted a French Hill gas station and attempted to set off an explosion using firebombs, police on Sunday arrested four Arab teens from neighboring Isawiya, in east Jerusalem. Read More »

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Pitigliano, Italy – As 27 nations across the continent prepare to celebrate Sunday’s European Day of Jewish Culture, residents of the tiny Italian town of Pitigliano, better known as “Little Jerusalem,” are preparing to welcome Jews and non-Jews who have come to view what many believe to be Europe’s oldest running Jewish presence.NPR. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defence on Sunday after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its “injustices” against millions of Palestinians. Read More »

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Egypt – The Jews who left Egypt during the Exodus stole Egyptian gold and treasures and must be made to pay back what they took – with interest, an Egyptian political scientist has claimed.Ammar Ali Hassan told Egypt’s Channel 1 in a July interview translated by MEMRI, “We know for a fact that Moses was in this land. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned against the rising tide of extremism in the world on Sunday, asserting that the Islamic State, Hamas, al-Qaida, the Nusra Fronta, Boko Haram and Hezbollah are all “branches of the same poison tree. Read More »

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Gaza City – The exiled leader of Hamas denied Friday that the Islamist movement was running a “shadow government” in Gaza as charged by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Read More »

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Brooklyn, NY – Three Chasidic men from Crown Heights were arraigned this past Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court after attempting to purchase 50 pounds of marijuana from an undercover FBI agent. Read More »

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Amsterdam – Dutch police say they have arrested an elderly man believed to be the leader of a Jewish Hasidic sect on the run since two years and wanted in Israel for alleged indecent assault of women and girls. Read More »

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Vienna – Iran has called on the U.N. atomic agency to condemn an “act of aggression” by Israel for sending, Tehran says, a drone last month to spy on a site which is at the center of its decade-old nuclear dispute with the West. Read More »

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Hartford, CT – One of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 Connecticut home invasion is suing the state, claiming his rights are violated because he’s being denied kosher food in prison.The New Haven Register reports (http: //bit. Read More »

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Paris – Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country’s main Jewish group said Thursday. Read More »

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9/11, Thirteen Years Later: Early Delivery Of Twin Kept Dad Away From World …

East Brunswick, NJ – Thirteen years after the horrific terror attack that shook New Yorkers to the core, baby boys born on a day synonymous with tragedy are preparing to celebrate their upcoming bar mitzvahs. Read More »

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New York, NY – Hate crimes against Jews and Muslims in New York City have quickly risen over the summer.The New York Post (http: //bit.ly/1tD8NVo ) reports anti-Semitic incidents rose 35 percent by Sept. 9 compared to 2013. There have been 85 anti-Semitic incidents in 2014 compared to 63 incidents in 2013. Read More »

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Champaign, IL – University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steve Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Read More »

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Gaza City – Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen’s latest work was already complexly layered — a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would increase the defense budget to meet growing threats but not let the country’s credit rating drop one notch through any excessive spending. Read More »

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Jerusalem – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday expressed Israel’s support for the United States’ plan to strike the radical Islamist group Islamic State that has taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq. Read More »

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Quebec – According to an affidavit filed by police in Quebec, Lev Tahor members are believed to have falsified passports, marriage licenses and birth certificates.The affidavit was filed in order to obtain a search warrant, reports CBC News (http: //bit.ly/1wgqBrk ). Read More »

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New York – For some families, the changes in and around the World Trade Center are an important part of the healing process.But others are not so sure. Nancy Nee lost her firefighter brother, George Cain. She says some people forget that the site is a cemetery. Advertisement: Nee says she “would never go to the Holocaust museum and take a selfie. Read More »

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Washington – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people. Read More »

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Gaza City – A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban. Advertisement: In an interview with Al Quds TV to be broadcast later Thursday, Hamas No. 2 Musa Abu Marzouk says “Hamas is willing to talk directly to the Israelis” over issues including Gaza border crossings and prisoner releases. Read More »

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Beirut – Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels on Thursday released all 45 Fijian peacekeepers they had held captive for two weeks, the United Nations said, bringing an end to a crisis that had pulled the U.N. monitoring force into the chaos of Syria’s civil war. Read More »

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Berlin – The Jewish Claims Conference says 15 years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done “little or nothing” to implement them. Read More »

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Champaign, IL – A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. Read More »

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