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


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


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.
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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

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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


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


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

'Prisoner X' Hung Himself With Bedsheet, Report Says; Suspected Spy May Have Leaked Info To Australian Media


Dual Israeli-Australian citizen and suspected spy Ben Zygier hanged himself in his Israeli cell's bathroom using a bed sheet, an Israeli investigation into his death concluded.

Synagogue In Siberia Damaged By Meteorite


A synagogue in Siberia was lightly damaged by a meteorite that fell nearby.

On Friday, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Levitin, director of the Or Avner Jewish day school in Chelyabinsk, a city located 1,000 miles east of Moscow, was quoted by an Israeli website as saying congregants heard a huge explosion during morning prayers followed by a bright flash that lit up the sky.

Republicans Block Vote On Hagel


Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and clear the way for a final vote on Hagel's nomination. The vote was 58-40.

Foxman Slams NY Post Over 'Blatant Distortion' Of Galliano Garb


attempting to show sympathy and a connection with the very people he has offended.Saying chasidim “do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie,” Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman ripped the New York Post on Wednesday for a story suggesting controversial fashion designer John Galliano mocked ultra-Orthodox Jews this week.

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