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Dutch Mark 20th Anniversary Of El Al Amsterdam Crash As Questions Linger

10/15/2012

Chemical weapons, nuclear debris and Mossad agents in biohazard suits all have played prominent roles in the dozens of conspiracy theories surrounding the crash of an El Al airplane here 20 years ago this month.

But Rob Oudkerk, vice chairman of the Dutch parliament’s inquiry into the deadly crash, has studied and dismissed them all.

Crash site in the Biljmer neighborhood in Amsterdam.

Kafka's Writings To Go Public

After long legal battle, Israeli court orders papers transferred to the Israel National Library

10/15/2012

An Israeli court ruled that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem.

The Tel Aviv District Family Court made the ruling last Friday following a years-long legal battle.

Explosives Lab Used To Bomb Kosher Store Found

French police found lab of "jihadist cell" after interrogating 12 suspects

10/10/2012

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a "jihadist cell" in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a news conference Wednesday that the firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” were discovered the previous day at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in various French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Jailed Alan Gross May Have Tumor

Doctors say Jewish-American contractor has mass behind right shoulder.

10/03/2012

Jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross may have a cancerous tumor that needs to be treated, his lawyer said.

Gross has an unidentified mass behind his right shoulder, according to reports. Cuban doctors declared the mass to be a hematoma that would reabsorb over time.

CT and ultrasound scans of the mass conducted by the Cuban doctors were sent to Gross' lawyers in the United States.

New Day For Cuban Jews

Changes in diplomatic ties will advance Gross' goal of connecting community to larger Jewish world.

12/18/2014
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Washington – Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

Alan Gross, homeward bound. Getty Images

Jews, Wizards And Memes

For Jewish wizards attending Hogwarts, these will be right up your Diagon alley.

12/17/2014
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After J.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday on Twitter that Hogwarts' Jewish student population is alive and well, we've created a couple of memes that only a true Jewish wizard would understand. Anthony Goldstein--these are for you. 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Yeshivat Hogwarts? J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Wizards

The famous school of witchcraft and wizardry seems to be a bastion for diversity.

12/17/2014
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Happy Hanukkah from Hogwarts!

It's true: there are Jewish students at Hogwarts. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

In Lugansk, An Icy Ukraine Winter Tests A War-Torn Community

12/16/2014
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Lugansk, Ukraine — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

Oldie And Bestie

We know there are tons of Chanukah videos but for the first night, nothing beats the Maccabeats' 'Candlelight.'

Australian Jewish Communities On Lockdown Amid Sydney Hostage Crisis

12/15/2014
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Sydney, Australia – Australia’s Jewish community went into official lockdown after a gunman held hostages inside an inner-city cafe in Sydney.

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