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    Palestinians fired a mortar shell at Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood to retaliate for an Israeli helicopter attack on the home of a Hamas activist in Bethlehem. It is believed to be the first time since the violence erupted nearly 10 months ago that Palestinians fired mortars at Jerusalem. More ▸

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    Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer canceled a scheduled trip to the United States because of the tense security situation in Israel. Ben-Eliezer was due to leave for the United States on Wednesday for talks with senior officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. More ▸

  • After Yad Vashem’s Mural ‘rescue,’ Questions and Recriminations Linger

    Yad Vashem’s secretive and controversial acquisition of a Holocaust-era mural two months ago has inspired not just international anger, but a bitter joke circulating on the Internet. Why, poses the joke, didn’t representatives of the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum appear at a recent ceremony commemorating the 1,600 Jews murdered in 1941 in the Polish village of… More ▸

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    Iran recently transferred hundreds of tons of weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon via Syria, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Israeli security experts believe some of the equipment soon will be smuggled to Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the report said. More ▸

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    The umbrella organization that represents most British Jews criticized Italian designer Francesco Babaro’s use of the swastika as the main theme for his new designer collection at the Fashion Circus in Rome. The Board of Deputies of British Jews plans to write Italian legislators asking for their assurances that steps will be taken to monitor… More ▸

  • First Person Orchestra Plays Wagner Encore, but Real Performance is the Debate

    The opportunity to hear the German State Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, perform in Jerusalem was in itself ironic. That Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra’s world-famous conductor, is an Israeli Jew made a performance in Jerusalem all the more intriguing. Moments after Shabbat ended on July 7, two friends and I hurried to the final performance of the… More ▸

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    The leader of Palestinian militias in the West Bank is on Israel’s wanted list, according to the head of the Shin Bet domestic security service. Avi Dichter told a Knesset committee that Marwan Barghouti is involved in the financing and directing of terror attacks against Israelis. More ▸

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    Officials planning a national Holocaust memorial in Berlin are using a controversial ad campaign in an effort to raise funds. “The Holocaust Never Happened” is the controversial slogan that will be plastered on billboards across Germany this week. Smaller text underneath the headline reads: “There are still many people who make this claim. In 20… More ▸

  • Hungarian Jews Threaten Action if Holocaust Compensation Delayed

    The president of the Hungarian Jewish community is threatening to hold demonstrations if compensation payments to the relatives of Hungary’s Holocaust victims are further delayed. Peter Tordai, head of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary, said the group is appealing to Prime Minister Viktor Orban regarding the issue of compensation, which isn’t even on… More ▸

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    B’nai B’rith International announced it has raised $1 million to help cover the costs of establishing the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization as an independent organization. In May, BBYO decided to break from its parent organization and become an independent group. More ▸