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    Most French Jewish leaders are backing a recommendation to ban visible religious insignia in French state schools. Roger Cukierman, president of CRIF, an umbrella organization of French Jews, told JTA that the recommendation by a presidential commission represents “a body blow to Islamic fanaticism.” In its report to French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday, the… More ▸

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    The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister criticized Ariel Sharon’s plan for unilateral Israeli withdrawal. Asked by Israel’s daily Ma’ariv about the Israeli prime minister’s hints that Israel might move unilaterally to set a border with the Palestinians if no peace agreement could be reached, Ahmed Qurei said the move would be a recipe for conflict. More ▸

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    A car explosion near an Italian synagogue Thursday was not believed to be a terrorist attack. A Palestinian set himself on fire inside the car in the city of Modena at 4 a.m. Thursday. Investigators are pointing to the timing of the attack as evidence that the man did not intend to cause any injuries. More ▸

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    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his French counterpart clashed over Israel’s security barrier. Speaking Wednesday to about 500 invited guests at the annual dinner of the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Dominique De Villepin questioned whether the fence would increase Israel’s security or “fan the flames of hatred between Israel and the Palestinians.”… More ▸

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    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met with Egypt’s president. At Wednesday’s meeting in Geneva, believed to be the first between such a high-level Israeli official and Hosni Mubarak since the summer of 2002, the two reportedly discussed efforts to arrange a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei. More ▸

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    A Jewish school in central Russia was attacked for the second time in three months. On Sunday, assailants threw rocks and painted swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at the Jewish school in the city of Bryansk. Five youths were arrested in connection with the attack. More ▸

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    Israeli troops on an operation against a Gaza Strip terrorist killed six Palestinians. Palestinian witnesses said a gunman and five bystanders died in battles amid Thursday’s army incursion into Rafah. More ▸

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    Hamas was the big winner in West Bank student government elections after a campaign touting terrorist attacks. In voting at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, Hamas took 25 out of 51 seats; Fatah won 20. In previous elections, Hamas earned a two-seat margin over Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. More ▸

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    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom praised the pope for speaking out against anti-Semitism. Shalom reportedly made the comments Thursday in a meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. More ▸

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    A bomb apparently intended for an Israeli mob boss killed three people and wounded 20. Ze’ev Rosenstein, an underworld figure who has survived several previous attempts on his life, was slightly hurt in Thursday’s attack at a Tel Aviv money exchange shop. More ▸