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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.

Questions Over Swiss Deal On Looted Art

Advocates for survivors want Gurlitt collection to be shown in Israel, urge more transparency.

11/26/2014
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The announcement Monday that a Swiss museum would accept parts of a collection from an art dealer for the Nazis has been decried by some who believe suspected Nazi-looted art should be housed in Israel until their rightful owners are determined.

The Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, will house parts of the Gurlitt collection. Getty Images

Ari Shavit’s Plan B For Mideast Peace, Gradually

11/25/2014
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One day after the Jerusalem synagogue attack last week, Ari Shavit, Israeli columnist and author of “My Promised Land,” proposed a Plan B—an alternative peace process that is gradual and informal, and offers a “horizon of hope.”

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Chabad Takes Aim At Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Pic

Massive selfie outside 770 Eastern Parkway includes some 2,000 rabbis.

11/25/2014
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Chabad is doing Ellen DeGeneres one – or maybe a few thousand, better. The Hollywood star’s Oscar selfie with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep set Twitter records and has been valued at as much as $1 billion. Chabad-Lubavitch’s version isn’t so glitzy, but it’s much, much bigger, featuring about 2,000 rabbis gathered for the movement’s annual conference.

No Brad Pitt, but many, many rabbis. Via chabad.org

Yaalon, ADL Laud Hagel As He Announces Resignation

11/25/2014
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Washington — Israel’s defense minister and the Anti-Defamation League lavished praise on U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the day he announced his resignation.

Swedish Rabbi, Synagogue Threatened

11/21/2014
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A rabbi and his synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg was threatened in emails that described him as an “accursed child murderer.”

After The Rage, The Memes

CNN apologizes for Jerusalem attack headlines.

11/19/2014
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After coming under heavy fire for its initial coverage of Tuesday's attack at Bnei Torah synagogue in Western Jerusalem, CNN issued a public apology.

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