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Israel Launches Operation To Stop Gaza-Based Rocket Fire

07/08/2014
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government launched an operation aimed at ending rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder Of Arab Teen

07/08/2014
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The murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world.

Tel Aviv Fines Grocery Stores For Staying Open On Shabbat

07/07/2014
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Jerusalem — Many Tel Aviv grocery stores stayed open on the Sabbath even though Israel’s interior minister rejected an amendment to a municipal statute that would have allowed their opening.

Suspects Confess To Murdering Palestinian Teen

07/07/2014
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Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the father of the Palestinian teen allegedly murdered by Jews in a revenge attack.

Five Takeaways From The Hobby Lobby Case

07/01/2014
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WASHINGTON Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year:1. Corporations can’t pray, but they do have religious rights.

Iraq Militants Announce New Islamic state

07/01/2014
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An al-Qaida breakaway group that seized large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks declared Sunday (June 29) the creation of a new religious state in Iraq and Syria, as it continued to repel government forces in Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein.The militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant announced it will now be known as The Islamic State.

Ramadan Adds An Off-Field Challenge For World Cup’s Muslim Athletes

07/01/2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) As the World Cup reaches the quarter finals this Saturday (June 28), a number of Muslim players whose teams have made it through the tough group matches will be facing a bigger challenge off the field than on it.The holy month of Ramadan coincides for the first time since 1986 with the soccer tournament. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, begins Saturday and is expected to end July 28.

N.Y. Rabbi Refuses Apology From Man Who Bleached Him

06/25/2014
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Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, an activist against chasidic child sex abusers, refused to accept an apology from the man who threw bleach in his face.

Britain’s Hotspurs Backers Can Use ‘Yid’ Without Fear Of Arrest

06/25/2014
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 Fans of the British soccer team Tottenham Hotspurs who use the term “yid” will not be arrested, British police said.

Constable Steve Payne of London’s Metropolitan Police told a meeting of team fans last week that using the word is no longer an arrestable offense, but that fans could still be charged if accused of using the term in a pejorative way, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported.

Syracuse Doctor Who Chaired Federation Campaign Charged In Wife’s Murder

06/25/2014
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A prominent physician active in the Syracuse, N.Y., Jewish community was indicted in the September 2012 murder of his wife.

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