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NY Area, Home To Largest Share of North American Jews, Took Harsh Hit From Sandy

10/31/2012

Less than a year into her job at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y., Rabbi Debbie Bravo sounded remarkably poised as she and her community face one of their most powerful challenges together: Hurricane Sandy.

Bravo’s land line was dead. When she picked up her cell phone Tuesday, she had just returned from the local police station.

“I have a child who takes medication that has to be refrigerated,” she said calmly.

Twitter To Remove Anti-Semitic French Messages

10/21/2012

 Twitter has reportedly agreed to remove French-language anti-Semitic messages from its website and to block access to an account linked to German neo-Nazis.

Stephane Lilti, an attorney for the Union of French Jewish Students said that Twitter has agreed to remove tweets that her group has flagged as anti-Semitic, according to the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur.

Twitter Rapped For Abetting Hate Speech After 'Good Jew' Meme

10/16/2012
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Twitter has been engulfed in a wave of French anti-Semitic posts using the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning “a good Jew” in French.

The tweets were condemned by French anti-racist and Jewish organizations on Monday.

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said the social networking service, founded in 206 with an estimated 500 million current users,“lags far behind other established social media platforms” in tackling hate speech and banning those who use it. 

Moshe Dayan's Gravesite Vandalized On Anniversary Of His Death

10/16/2012

 

The grave of Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of the former Israeli defense minister's death.

Graffiti reading "The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen" was painted in red on Dayan's gravestone early Tuesday morning, 31 years since the date of his death.

A memorial service was held at the site in the military section of Nahalal cemetery in northern Israel on Oct. 14.

Dutch Mark 20th Anniversary Of El Al Amsterdam Crash As Questions Linger

10/15/2012

Chemical weapons, nuclear debris and Mossad agents in biohazard suits all have played prominent roles in the dozens of conspiracy theories surrounding the crash of an El Al airplane here 20 years ago this month.

But Rob Oudkerk, vice chairman of the Dutch parliament’s inquiry into the deadly crash, has studied and dismissed them all.

Crash site in the Biljmer neighborhood in Amsterdam.

Kafka's Writings To Go Public

After long legal battle, Israeli court orders papers transferred to the Israel National Library

10/15/2012

An Israeli court ruled that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem.

The Tel Aviv District Family Court made the ruling last Friday following a years-long legal battle.

'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison

10/12/2012

The odd case of the self-styled, globe-trotting "Jewish Indiana Jones"  took a sad turn Thursday when Rabbi Menachem Youlus was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for fraud.

Indy-cent behavior: Maryland bookstore owner made up exploits, defrauded charity.

Finkelstein Seen As Moderate On Far-Left Panel

New School talk with Anna Baltzer finds him blasting BDS movement.

10/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Has Norman Finkelstein, long reviled in the Jewish community as a vitriolic hater of the Jewish state, morphed into a defender of Israel’s legitimacy? And what does Finkelstein’s newfound “moderation” say about the current state of the anti-Israel left, exemplified by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement?

Anna Baltzer, left, rebutted argument from Norman Finkelstein that BDS movement should recognize Israel’s right to exist.

NYPD's Iran Warning, Again

10/10/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's comments at an anti-terrorism conference about the possibility of an Iran-backed incident targeting the city's Jews got some media play today.

But it's nothing terribly new.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

Explosives Lab Used To Bomb Kosher Store Found

French police found lab of "jihadist cell" after interrogating 12 suspects

10/10/2012

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a "jihadist cell" in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a news conference Wednesday that the firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” were discovered the previous day at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in various French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

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