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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 ▸

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    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met with the head of Egypt’s intelligence. Powell and Omar Suleiman met Wednesday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Thursday that Suleiman has been “very involved in trying to move progress down the ‘road map,’ progress towards ending violence and getting back to a… More ▸

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    A tiny Serbian Jewish community launched an international appeal to protect its beleaguered Jewish cemetery. In a dramatically worded e-mail message it said was sent to organizations and people in 130 countries, the community in Nis, Serbia, said the cemetery, founded in the 17th century, was now the site of a settlement of Roma, or… More ▸

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    European Jewish leaders pressed the European Union to pledge to fight anti-Semitism. The 15 E.U. member-states are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Friday. The call by the European Jewish Congress comes amid increasing attention to the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe. More ▸

  • Jewish Elderly May Pay More for Drugs Under New Medicare Law

    A law that was supposed to ease the burden of prescription drug costs for the elderly may force some Jewish seniors to pay more than they do now. The Medicare reform legislation, signed by President Bush this week, grants some relief in prescription drug costs for seniors. But other provisions of the law may affect… More ▸

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    A Christmas tree controversy erupted at Indiana University. The dean of the university’s law school replaced a Christmas tree with two smaller trees and a sleigh after some students and professor Florence Roitman, a Jewish professor a I.U.’s law school, complained that the tree constituted a religious display. The dean says the new display represents… More ▸

  • Germans Debate Anti-semitism in Unique Parliamentary Session

    Seventy years ago, Germany was concerned with the “Jewish problem.” Today, Germany is concerned with the country’s anti-Semitism problem. In a wide-ranging, two hour debate on anti-Semitism in Germany’s Parliament on Thursday, legislators agreed that the country must combat both anti-Semitism on society’s fringes and antipathy toward Jews among Germans generally. Their solution: education. The… More ▸