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    A man in Michigan pleaded guilty to hosting fund-raising meetings for Hezbollah at his house. Prosecutors announced Wednesday that Mahmoud Youssef Kourani hosted meetings in 2002 at which a speaker from Lebanon solicited donations for the Shi’ite fundamentalist group. More ▸

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    Tzedakah boxes designed by 10 New Jersey artists will be auctioned on eBay to raise funds for a local federation. The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey will launch a one-week auction on the tzedakah boxes beginning March 10. More ▸

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    Israeli forces uncovered a secret munitions factory in the West Bank. Acting on an intelligence tip, commandos raided a village near Jenin before dawn Wednesday and found the Hamas factory hidden under a picture-framing store. More ▸

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    David Bittker, a member of Hillel’s International Board of Governors, died of pancreatic cancer at 73. The Detroit philanthropist was a B’nai B’rith leader who helped Hillel gain independence from the fraternal group that ran it for 70 years, according to Hillel. More ▸

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    A Columbia University committee investigating charges of faculty intimidation toward pro-Israel students has postponed its report. In a letter sent Monday to Columbia President Lee Bollinger, the chair of the grievance committee said it had not yet concluded its work. More ▸

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    A top Jewish sage in Israel endorsed force-feeding geese for foie gras. Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered a leading authority on interpretations of Jewish law, has come out against an Israeli government ban on the controversial practice, the Jerusalem Post reported. More ▸

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    A former Nazi concentration camp guard was stripped of his U.S. citizenship. A U.S. judge has ruled that Iwan Mandycz served as an armed guard at the Poniatowa labor camp in Poland in 1943 and later served in Sachsenhausen in Germany. More ▸

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    Settlers have the right to speak out against the Gaza withdrawal plan, an Israeli watchdog group said. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel came out in defense of the political right wing Wednesday after Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said she sought to toughen anti-incitement laws. More ▸