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    The Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Israeli Sephardi leader Aryeh Deri, clearing the way for Deri to begin serving his sentence for fraud and bribery on Sept. 3. Sephardi leaders criticized the decision. Shas Party leader Eli Suissa said it “twisted the knife that has been stuck in the Sephardi back for 52 years,”… More ▸

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    The Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael established a park in the Israeli development town of Ofakim. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and JNF President Ronald Lauder attended the inauguration of the park, part of a JNF program to improve the quality of life in Israel’s desert. More ▸

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    Three alleged neo-Nazis charged with kicking and beating to death an immigrant from Mozambique denied that they tried to kill him. But the three admitted that they attacked the immigrant even after he fell to the ground. More ▸

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    Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s appointed Tova Herzel as the country’s ambassador to South Africa. Herzel, whose appointment must still be confirmed by the Knesset, is currently head of congressional affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. More ▸

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    President Clinton pledged to bring to justice those who attacked and murdered Americans abroad. Clinton made his comment in a letter sent to the conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which called on him to seek the extradition of Mohammed Deif, wanted in connection with several attacks that killed U.S. citizens. More ▸

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    A documentary about children transported out of Germany, Austria and Poland on the eve of World War II is slated to be released next month. “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” is scheduled to premiere at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Sept. 11. More ▸

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    The leader of Hamas denied that it has ties to Osama bin Laden. The denial by Sheik Ahmad Yassin came after Israel arrested 23 members of the militant group, some of whom it said studied terror techniques with the Saudi terrorist mastermind’s group. More ▸

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    Czech President Vaclav Havel indirectly criticized a recent comment by one of his government ministers that seemed to make light of a campaign by some European Jews to protest building on top of a historic Jewish cemetery in Prague. Havel said, “The important thing for me is that the government has the will to seek… More ▸

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    The U.N. high commissioner for human rights is welcoming a move by a French soccer club in the city of Strasbourg to take legal action against fans who sprayed anti-Semitic slogans on a stadium after the team’s defeat. Mary Robinson’s comments came after the mayor of Strasbourg and a representative of France’s umbrella organization for… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Join Call for Congress to Pass Hate Crimes Law This Session

    Jewish groups are joining in a last-ditch effort to push through federal hate crimes legislation before the 106th U.S. Congress is history. If they fail, advocates would practically have to start over again in the next Congress. In a news conference on the steps of New York’s City Hall, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the state’s Democratic… More ▸