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Hebrew University's Sarcasm Detector One of Year's Best Inventions (Time Magazine)

Jews aren't sarcastic at all!

Okay, that was me being sarcastic, but the problem with the Jewish tradition of sarcasm is that it doesn't translate well in Cyberspace where tone of speech doesn't come through in text. That's why it makes sense that the ability for computers to detect sarcastic speech has been developed in the Jewish homeland.

Hebrew U techs develops sarcasm detector

"Next Stop, Love," Says the Cabbie

"You know what I'm thinking right now?" the cabbie asked me.

"You're thinking: What I wouldn't do for a cigarette!" I guessed.

Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’

11/28/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

In recent weeks, a number of prominent Jewish intellectuals have been publicly praising Sarah Palin. This despite a recent poll, reported by veteran analyst James Besser (Nov. 26), that well-educated Jews appear to be overwhelmingly opposed to Palin. How do we explain this discrepancy?

Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists

11/28/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Iran has accused Israel of attacks on two of the country's nuclear scientists.

One Iranian senior nuclear scientist was killed and another injured Monday in two separate attacks in Tehran. The government of Iran immediately blamed the CIA and the Mossad for the bombing attacks, which reportedly were carried out by men on motorcycles.

Iranian state television blamed "Zionist agents," according to reports.

WikiLeaks Documents Release Not a Problem for Israel, Netanyahu Says

11/28/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The secret documents released by WikiLeaks will not negatively affect Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli leaders can feel comfortable with what has been revealed in the first batch of documents made public on Sunday because there is very little difference between what it said in private discussions with United States leaders and what it told its citizens.

WikiLeaks and Israel: no bombshells, lots of stuff for foreign policy geeks

On one hand, this weekend's WikiLeaks dump of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables was a letdown after all the media hype. There were lots of interesting bits and pieces, few bombshells.

A nervous Israel, it seems, will come away from the information avalanche without much diplomatic damage – not like Saudi Arabia, perhaps, which was revealed to be pushing for a U.S. attack to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

U.S. Briefed Israel Before WikiLeaks Documents Release

11/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel was briefed by the United States about classified files that were later released by WikiLeaks.

The United States briefed several of its allies on the documents over the weekend. Israel already had been told by the U.S. last week that it could be mentioned in the release of classified U.S. documents.

The WikiLeaks website publishes classified documents from anonymous sources and leaks. It released about 250,000 secret diplomatic cables on Sunday.

Canada to Boycott Durban III

11/27/2010 - 19:00

TORONTO (JTA)-- Canada is boycotting the third U.N. "Durban conference" against racism, citing the charged anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric at its predecessors.

The conference is slated to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 meeting in South Africa aimed at defeating xenophobia and racism. Canada and several other countries walked out of that meeting after Iran and several other countries engaged in Israel-bashing.

Knesset Committee Approves Military Conversion Bill

11/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a bill to protect Israeli soldiers who have converted to Judaism through military conversion courts from having their conversions annulled.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved the bill, initiated by lawmaker David Rotem of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party. The bill, if passed, would force all state agencies, including rabbinic courts and the chief city rabbis and other Orthodox marriage registrars, to accept the converts as Jews.

Israel to Open Permanent Trauma Center in Haiti

11/25/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has sent 200,000 doses of medication against cholera to Haiti and will set up a permanent trauma and emergency center there.

IsraAID - the Israel Aid Agency sent an entire field hospital and medical personnel to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of January's devastating earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured. Israeli police also joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, to keep order in the area.

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