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Israel's Ambassador Defends Hagel, Talks Iran On Colbert Show

03/06/2013

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren on Tuesday night defended Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as a friend of Israel -- and dismissed comments the former senator made about Zionist influence on Capitol Hill – during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

Oberlin College Holds Day Of Solidarity After Racial, Anti-Semitic Incidents

03/05/2013

Oberlin College canceled classes to convene a "day of solidarity" following a series of racial and anti-Semitic incidents.

Classes at the school in northern Ohio were suspended on Monday after someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-like hood and robe was seen walking on campus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Alleged Driver In Chasidic Hit-Run Charged With Manslaughter, Criminal Negligence

03/13/2013
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Julio Acevedo, the suspected driver of the car that struck a livery cab and killed a Williamsburg chasidic couple and their premature baby on March 3 has been indicted for second-degree manslaughter and second degree criminally negligent homicide, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announched Tuesday.

Julio Acevedo: Claims he sped to avoid gunshots.

Turkey's Erdogan At UN Forum: Zionism Is A Crime Against Humanity

03/01/2013

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at a U.N. meeting called Zionism a crime against humanity.

Speaking Wednesday in Vienna at a United Nations summit for tolerance, Erdogan said, “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity,” Anatolia News Agency and other Turkish media reported.

Turkey’s Erdogan At U.N. Forum: Zionism A Crime Against Humanity

02/28/2013

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at a U.N. meeting called Zionism a crime against humanity.

Speaking Wednesday in Vienna at a United Nations summit for tolerance, Erdogan said, “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity,” Anatolia News Agency and other Turkish media reported.

UPDATE: Sabbath Observant Basketball Team Loses Friday Afternoon Texas Semifinal

02/27/2013

Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost in quadruple overtime in the state semifinals.

Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.

02/27/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook

Hikind Under Fire For Dressing As Black Basketball Player On Purim

02/26/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.

Hikind hijinks: Assemblyman's costume causes racial flap.

Hezbollah Operative Tracked Israeli Planes In Cyprus

02/22/2013

The Hezbollah operative on trial for plotting against Israeli tourists in Cyprus acknowledged passing on Israeli aircraft landing times to his terrorist handlers.

New Orleans To Host TribeFest 2014

02/20/2013

The third incarnation of TribeFest, the youth-oriented celebration of Jewish culture and communal affiliation, will be held next March in New Orleans, the Jewish Federations of North America announced Wednesday.

Leaving Las Vegas: It's the Big Easy for TribeFesters next year. Photo courtesy New Orleans Online
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