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Knesset Member Suspended Over Crude Poem

01/16/2012 - 19:00

The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ahmed Tibi after he attacked a fellow lawmaker with an insulting poem.

On Tuesday, the committee suspended Tibi for a week for reciting an original poem using dirty and hurtful language in an attack on Anastasia Michaeli, a lawmaker from the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, after she flung a glass of water on Israeli-Arab lawmaker Raleb Majadele.

Michaeli was suspended from the Knesset for a month for her actions.

Tibi can still participate in Knesset voting during his suspension.

Retaliating Israeli Hackers Bring Down Arab Websites

01/16/2012 - 19:00

Israeli hackers said they brought down the websites of the Saudi Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

The hackers, who call themselves IDF-Team, said in a post on the PasteBin website that Tuesday's attacks were in retaliation for the cyber attack the previous day on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al website, adding that "This is only the beginning." The Israeli hackers also threatened to paralyze websites for up to a month if attacks on Israeli sites continue.

Church Pastor: Comments By Katy Perry's Dad Taken Out Of Context

01/09/2012 - 19:00

Comments made by the Rev. Keith Hudson, the father of pop star Katy Perry, during a sermon at an Ohio church were taken out of context, the church's pastor said.

Paul Endrei of the Church on the Rise in Westlake told the Cleveland Jewish News Tuesday that Hudson's remarks were meant to be complimentary, but that "He went too far.

MSNBC, Buchanan May Be Parting Ways

01/09/2012 - 19:00

Patrick Buchanan may lose his job as an MSNBC commentator because of statements in his new book that have been called racist and anti-Semitic.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin told The New York Times over the weekend that because of the anti-Semitic nature of some of the arguments in "Suicide of a Superpower," Buchanan might not be invited to return to his position at the station. Book chapter titles include "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America."

Shalit Says Knesset Run Won't Involve Gilad

01/09/2012 - 19:00

Noam Shalit said he would not involve his son, freed soldier Gilad Shalit, or the rest of his family in his run for the Knesset.

Shalit held a news conference Tuesday, a day after announcing that he would run for a spot on the Labor Party's list for the next election.

Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich appeared with Shalit at the news conference at the party's headquarters in Kfar Saba. Yacimovich told reporters that she had asked Shalit to run after they had discussed the possibility for the last month.

Ohio Jewish Retirement Community Opens Elder Abuse Shelter

01/02/2012 - 19:00

A Jewish retirement community in Ohio has opened what it iscalling the state’s first shelter for abused elderly.

The Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention opened Jan. 1 in the non-profit Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, near Cincinnati.

Abused seniors from four counties -- Hamilton, Warren, Butler and Clermont -- will be allowed an emergency stay of 90 to 120 days, during which they will have access to the community’s activities as well as medical care, the center said in a news release.

Chile Calls On Israel to Compensate For Park Fire

01/02/2012 - 19:00

Some Chilean lawmakers have called on Israel to compensate Chile for damage to a popular national park because an Israeli national has been charged with starting the fire.

The fires at Torres del Paine were still burning Tuesday, a week after they started, but were under control.

Rotem Singer, 23, of the central Israeli city of Nes Tziona, was arrested Dec. 31 and released on bail. He was ordered to remain in the region for the next three months as the case is investigated.

Vandalism Condemned In Plainview

01/02/2012 - 19:00

Local politicians were to condemn anti-Semitism and vandalism Thursday outside the Plainview home of a former school administrator whose outdoor menorah was destroyed by vandals during Chanukah.

“This desecration of a religious symbol under the cover of darkness is a cowardly act,” Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said in a statement. “An attack on any religion is an attack against every religion.  Prejudice is un-American and must neither be tolerated nor enabled.”

Saudis Claim Credit For Hack Of Israelis' Credit Cards

01/02/2012 - 19:00
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A group of Saudi hackers calling themselves Group XP claimed credit for exposing thousands of Israelis’ credit card numbers and other information on Monday.

  “We decided to give the world a new year gift, about 400,000+ Israeli people information!!!,"  declared the group,  believed to be connected to the global hacking group Anonymous, whose affiliates have been arrested around the world for denial-of-service attacks on private and government web sites.

Iran Threatens To Cut Off Mideast Oil

12/26/2011 - 19:00

Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are subjected to foreign sanctions, the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported.

"If they impose sanctions on Iran's oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Straits of Hormuz," IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice-president, as saying, referring to Western countries.

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