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How Did They Find Out? Israel Turns Pot To Heroin

We always knew those Israelis are clever folks, but they may have outdone themselves on this one.

Israeli scientists may not have found Merlin's formula for turning lead into gold but they may have figured out how to do what all other scientists say is also impossible: turn marijuana into heroin.

That startling news comes from one of our favorite reliable sources, the Palestinian Authority.

Israel, Hamas Accept New Ceasefire Agreement

Palestinian officials said the ceasefire calls for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities.

08/26/2014
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As rockets continued to be fired on southern Israel from Gaza today, causing at least two injuries, and Israeli missiles brought down buildings in Gaza where Hamas leaders were reportedly hiding, Hamas announced that it has accepted a long-term, Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel.

A ball of fire rises from the home of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader that was hit by an Israeli air strike. Getty Images

Ceasefires Needed On All Fronts

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is not the only truce needed to restore peace for the Jewish state.  There are at least two others.

The Israeli cabinet looks like a circular firing squad as ministers take pot shots at one another and particularly at the Prime Minister, whose job each covets. It's gotten so bad that Bibi Netanyahu is reluctant to hold a Likud leadership vote because he could get dumped by his party's settler-nationalist wing. 

Ruderman Prize Profile: Bar-Ilan University's "Empowerment Program"

Editor's Note: In July, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded five prizes to agencies across the world that are making the Jewish community into a more inclusive one. The New Normal will profile each of these amazing agencies over the next month. Click here to read previous profiles.

Bar-Ilan University's Empowerment ("Otzmot") Program is among five international winners (and the only Israeli winner) of the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, honoring organizations worldwide that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish community.

Prof. Hefziba Lifshitz and Students. Courtesy of David Garb

New Turkish Leadership Still Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist

They're shuffling the deck chairs on the Turkish ship of state but don't expect any changes in the government's virulent anti-Israel/anti-Semitic behavior or its support for Islamist terrorists. 

That's because President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has picked his protégé and foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed him as prime minister.

The Editor's Desk: 10 Lessons From The Gaza War

The JW's Gary Rosenblatt reflects on empathy, anti-Semitism and ISIS.

08/20/2014
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If you listen carefully you can hear the fraying of the unity that has held American and Israeli Jews together over the last six weeks of the war in Gaza.

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Jews Press UN Chief On Perceived Anti-Israel Bias

Delegation slams choice to head war crimes probe, UNRWA in meeting with Ban Ki-Moon.

08/20/2014
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A review of 40 United Nations statements made during the Gaza war found that only once was there a mention of Hamas’ so-called “terror tunnels” dug under the Gaza-Israel border to launch terrorist attacks in Israel.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, told Jewish group he will consider its recommendations. Getty Images

Starbucks’ Venti Israel Problem

08/19/2014
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For Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Israel has always been a fraught topic. Raised in a Brooklyn Jewish family, he’s been accused of supporting Israel and also of not supporting Israel, although in general he keeps his religious sentiments and commitments very private.

Grounds for controversy?

As Online Anti-Semitism Grows, So Do Efforts To Counter It

08/19/2014
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Berlin - It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she doesn’t remember the level of anti-Semitic speech on social media platforms ever being this high.

Time To Reexamine US-Turkey Relations

Turkey took another step away from democracy and closer to becoming an extremist Islamist state and patron of terrorists this week when Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country's first elected president.

He has said he wants to build a "new Turkey" that will respect the diverse views of his nation, but he is the one most responsible for the deep divisions that plague it and damaging its international standing. 

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