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Male, Maldives – Thousands Demonstrate In Maldives Over Islamic Law, and Israel Relation

December 23, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Male, Maldives - Thousands in the Maldives protested Friday, calling on the government to halt what they called "anti-Islamic" activities, including a plan to allow direct flights to Israel. More moderate supporters of the president rallied as well as debate swells over the future of the state's religion. The Indian Ocean archipelago of 300,000 Muslims prohibits practicing any other...

Gaza City – Jewish Graves Found in Gaza

December 23, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Gaza City, Gaza - Graves belonging to Jews were found in a cemetery in Gaza, according to a Channel 10 News report. According to the report, the cemetery in question is the British cemetery located in central Gaza. The cemetery sustained damage in the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in early 2009, and has undergone renovations. It was during those renovations, said the report, that dozens of...

New York, NY – NYPD’s Spying Programs Produced Mixed Results

December 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM
New York, NY - When New York undercover officers and informants were infiltrating a mosque in Queens in 2006, they failed to notice the increasingly radical sentiments of a young man who prayed there. Police also kept tabs on a Muslim student group at Queens College, but missed a member's growing anti-Americanism. Ever since The Associated Press began revealing New York Police Department...

Jerusalem – Korean TV Visits Ponevezh Yeshiva To Explore The Study Of Talmud (video)

December 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Jerusalem - A TV crew from South Korean paid a visit to Ponevezh (Ponovitch) yeshiva in Bnei Brak to film a special about Talmud study. Israel's Channel 10 TV reported on the visit and followed the Korean crew as they filmed young students studying Gemara and other Jewish texts. "The reason why we came was to see the real Talmud. Jewish people are known for [a high percentage of] Nobel prizes...

Istanbul – Turkey Slams France Over Genocide Debate

December 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM
Istanbul - Turkey responded to French genocide allegations with a charge of its own Friday, accusing France of committing genocide during its colonial occupation of Algeria. French lawmakers passed a bill Thursday making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks constitute genocide. The deepening acrimony between two strategic allies and trading partners could...

Damascus – Syria: Twin Suicide Bombs Shake Capital, Kill 40

December 23, 2011 at 09:32 AM
Damascus, Syria - Twin suicide car bomb blasts ripped through an upscale Damascus district Friday, targeting heavily guarded intelligence buildings and killing at least 40 people, Syrian authorities said. The blasts came a day after an advance team of Arab League observers arrived in the country to monitor Syria's promise to end its crackdown on protesters demanding the ouster of President...

Tilton, NH – Washington – Romney: Obama, Biden Live In “Fantasyland”

December 23, 2011 at 09:28 AM
Tilton, NH - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the president and vice president are living in "fantasyland" if they think the economy is getting better. Romney was responding to an opinion piece by Vice President Joe Biden that in Friday's Des Moines Register. Biden argued that the economic policies Romney wants to pursue as president would help the wealthy and leave some in...

Cairo – Hamas Leader: New Focus On Popular Protests Against Israel

December 23, 2011 at 09:18 AM
Cairo - Hamas will focus on a strategy of holding mass protests against Israel in the style of the Arab Spring, although it is not renouncing the use of violence against the Jewish state, the Islamic group's leader, Khaled Mashaal, told The Associated Press late Thursday. Mashaal was in Cairo for reconciliation talks with Hamas' rival, President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah. The sides agreed that...

Bethlehem, NY – NYC Jewish Family Escape Serious Injuries After Crash Near Albany

December 23, 2011 at 08:38 AM
Bethlehem, NY - Authorities say six members of a New York City family escaped serious injuries after their sport utility vehicle crashed and overturned on the Thruway outside Albany. State police say the family's 17-year-old son was driving the Mercedes Benz SUV when it crashed around 1:45 a.m. Friday off the northbound lanes of Interstate 90 in the town of Bethlehem, just south of...

New York – Illegal Wolf-Dog Found Roaming Streets Of Brooklyn

December 23, 2011 at 08:34 AM
New York - An illegal wolf-dog has been found roaming the streets of Brooklyn. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/uTCTYj) that police found the 53-pound female in the East New York area on Tuesday. She is being housed at a shelter. The canine was wearing a collar and chain and was apparently being kept as a pet. Wolf-dog hybrids are considered exotic animals and are illegal to keep as...

Jerusalem – UNESCO Cuts Funds For Palestinian Magazine

December 23, 2011 at 08:18 AM
Jerusalem - The U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday it is pulling funding for a Palestinian youth magazine that published an article suggesting admiration for Hitler. The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article in February written by a teenage girl who presented four role models: a medieval Persian mathematician, a modern Egyptian novelist, the Muslim warrior Saladin, and the Nazi...

Calgary, Canada – Canadian PM Uses Menorah Lighting To Reaffirm Support For Israel

December 23, 2011 at 08:06 AM
Calgary, Canada - Prime Minister Stephen Harper reaffirmed his government's ongoing support for Israel at a Menorah lighting in his Calgary riding Thursday night. Harper and his wife Laureen were greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre as part of the celebration of Hanukkah. "We unfortunately look around the world and ... don't forget about the...

Jerusalem – Orthodox Woman Convert From US Ordered To Leave Israel

December 23, 2011 at 07:57 AM
Jerusalem - The Interior Ministry has rejected an application for permanent residency by an Orthodox convert, after the Chief Rabbinate informed the ministry it did not recognize her conversion. After the rabbinate’s decision, the ministry first rejected her aliya application. She does not want her name published. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post, the woman said that it was hard to...

Ramle, Israel – Vandals Torch Ramle Synagogue

December 23, 2011 at 07:34 AM
Ramle, Israel - Unidentified persons torched the Tunisian El Ghriba Synagogue in Ramle on Wednesday night, the fifth time the building has been set on fire of late, locals said. Police suspect the blaze at the place of worship associated with the local Jewish Tunisian community was a hate crime. The attack took Israel’s Jews of Tunisian origin by surprise. Miriam Gez-Avigail, a...

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