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Christopher Hitchens, Critic Of Religion, Dies At 62

12/16/2011

Christopher Hitchens, the atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, has died.

Vanity Fair, where much of Hitchens' work appeared, announced his passing late Thursday night on Twitter. He was 62 and suffering from esophageal cancer.

Hitchens, born in Britain but more recently naturalized as an American citizen, emerged from the British left in the 1970s, joining the New Statesman as a journalist.

Will Hamas And The PA Put Aside Their Differences

Israeli pundits skeptical unity will last, especially with pressure from U.S. and Jordan.

11/22/2011
Staff Writer

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority may announce this week that they have overcome differences that delayed implementation last May of a new unity government, but Israeli analysts doubt the rapprochement will last.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ramallah with Jordan’s King Abdullah.Getty Images

Shalits Trying To Adjust To New Normal

10/25/2011
JTA

A week after Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being held in captivity for more than five years in Gaza, things were getting back to normal at the Shalit family home -- sort of.

Shalit Welcomed Home To Israel After Five Years Of Captivity

10/18/2011

Gilad Shalit was reunited with his family shortly after crossing into Israel from Egypt after his release earlier in the day by his captors in Gaza, ending five years and four months in captivity.

The Israel Defense Forces spokesman announced Shalit's return at 11 a.m. Tuesday Israel time. Shalit arrived in Egypt approximately three hours earlier.

A Thousand Terrorists for Shalit?

10/11/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.

Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Reports: Israel And Hamas Near Deal To Exchange Prisoners For Gilad Shalit

10/11/2011

More than five ears after he was seized by Hamas militants, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may be on the verge of going home, and more than 1,000 Palestinian militants may be the price.

The deal could include a range of notorious prisoners including Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences in Israel for terrorist attacks, Ahmad Sadat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and  Ibrahim Hamed, former Hamas commander and plotter of the 2002 terror bombing at the Moment cafe in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported, citing Arab-language media.

Trading Charges, Not Olive Branches

By ramping up the incendiary rhetoric with accusations of Israeli racism, ethnic cleansing, targeted assassinations, waging a war of aggression, apartheid and threatening Islamic holy places, Mahmoud Abbas was fanning the flames of a Third Intifada he claims he doesn't want. 
 

U.N. Ambassador: Shalit Captivity Violates 'Basic Decency'

09/08/2011

Gilad Shalit's continued detention is a violation of "basic decency," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after meeting with his father.

11 Prominent U.S. Muslims Call For Shalit's Release

09/05/2011

A group of prominent American Muslims, including two members of Congress, issued a letter urging Hamas to immediately release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Aug. 26 letter’s 11 signatories includeReps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as well as Muslim academics and communal figures.

“We believe Hamas’ harsh treatment and five-year detention of Shalit is wrong,” the Muslim leaders wrote in their letter, which was addressed to Khaled Mashal, the Syrian-based chairman of Hamas’ political bureau.

Israel arrests top West Bank Hamas leader

09/01/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel arrested a top Hamas leader in the West Bank that it had released from jail several weeks ago.

The Israeli military arrested Sheikh Hassan Yusef late Wednesday night in the West Bank as he crossed a checkpoint between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus, AFP reported.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed Palestinian reports of Yusef's arrest, but did not give any details as to why he was detained.

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