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Health Department: Child Infected From Bris That Defied Consent Rule

04/03/2013
Special To the Jewish Week

The mother of an infant who contracted herpes following a bris with direct oral suction last month denied receiving the required consent form from the mohel, whose name she refused to disclose to the New York City Department of Health, The Jewish Week has learned.

Historic Damascus Synagogue Looted And Burned

03/31/2013

The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

Tunisian Parliament Rejects Special Bloc For Jews

03/29/2013

(JTA) -- A Tunisian government committee rejected a proposal to allocate a bloc of seats in parliament to Jews.

The proposal, which had been opposed by Tunisia's Jewish leadership, was rejected by the National Constituent Assembly's committee on legislative and executive powers on the grounds that it would create unnecessary divisions among Tunisians, committee member Walid Bannani told Tunisia Live.

Poll: 45 Percent Would Ban Kosher Slaughter In Britain

03/29/2013

About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning nonmedical circumcision.

Wide Range Of Jewish Groups Urge Faster Path To Citizenship

03/25/2013

An array of Jewish groups urged President Obama and Congress to ease the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Nineteen national groups and dozens of local groups and clergy signed on to a letter sent last Friday that was timed for Passover.

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover

03/25/2013

 

The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

Israel Apologizes To Turkey For 2010 Flotilla Incident

03/22/2013
Staff Writer

In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.

Nine Turks died during the 2010 flotilla incident when they attacked Israeli soldiers boarding their ship.

Rockets Fired On Israel From Gaza Before Obama West Bank Visit

03/21/2013

 

At least four rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on the second day of President Obama's three-day visit to Israel, and occurred hours before he traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Two of the rockets fired Thursday morning landed in Sderot, damaging one home. The other two rockets are believed to have landed in Gaza.

It is not believed that Israel will retaliate during Obama's visit, according to reports.

President Obama surveys an Iron Dome battery used against rockets like those fired at Israel Thursday. Getty Images

Suspect Arrested In 2002 Daniel Pearl Murder

03/19/2013

More than a decade after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was captured and murdered in Pakistan, Pakistani security officials captured a former terrorist leader who is believed to have planned the crime.

Justice at last? Pakistani forces say they have the man that planned fatal kidnapping.
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