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  • Jews Mark Legendary Tunisian Rabbi’s Death

    Hundreds gathered at the Jewish cemetery in Tunis to pay homage to a revered scholar who, according to legend, drank himself to death after his wife burned all of his collected work. Tuesday’s attendance for the annual commemoration of Rabbi Hai Taieb’s death reportedly was the largest ever — 500 to 700. Guests from France… More ▸

  • Netherlands May Boycott Durban Ii

    The Netherlands may boycott a United Nations anti-racism conference unless anti-Israel statements are removed from draft documents. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen made the threat Tuesday during an interview on Dutch radio, The Associated Press reported. “It seems like the sole intention is to criticize Israel and condemn the West for slavery and its colonial… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Israeli Success Stories Struggle to Find Jobs

    Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy, and worked hard to find his way in a new land and speaking a new language. Eventually Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country’s top universities. But since completing his studies in the summer of 2006, he… More ▸

  • Egyptian Activists Want Jewish Festival Canceled

    Egyptian activists are urging their government to cancel an annual Jewish festival in the Nile Delta. Thousands of Israelis flock to Egypt every year to celebrate the birthday of Rabbi Yaakov Abu Ha’seira, a 19th century Moroccan holy man who is buried in the Delta village of Demito. Local residents complain about the behavior and… More ▸

  • Australia Urged to Skip Durban Ii

    Australia’s Jewish leaders are urging the federal government to boycott a United Nations conference against racism. In a resolution passed unanimously Monday at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual conference in Sydney, the council said Australia should join Israel and Canada in withdrawing from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva because it… More ▸

  • Israel Turns Back Gaza-bound Libyan Ship

    A Libyan ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was turned back without incident. The ship, carrying an estimated 3,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid, instead docked Monday at an Egyptian port. An Israeli navy boat approached the ship near the Gaza coast, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told reporters. Monday’s… More ▸

  • Libyan Aid Ship Bound for Gaza

    A boat carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians has left Libya with plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian lawmaker told The Associated Press that the ship, with thousands of tons of aid, will arrive in Gaza next week. The Palestine News Network also reported the start of the voyage, according… More ▸

  • ‘madagascar 2’ Stars Visit Israel

    The stars of the film “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” received a warm reception in Israel. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, were in the Jewish state over the weekend for the Israeli premiere of the animated movie. The trio of actors signed hundreds of autographs and were… More ▸