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Britain to Adopt New Anti-Semitism Definition to Fight Hate Crime

LONDON, Dec 12 – Britain said on Monday it would become one of the first countries to adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism to clamp down on hate crime after an increase in the number of reported incidents targeting Jews. Adopting the definition formulated in May by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is meant

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The Berkeley Intifada

The endless conflict in the Middle East roils the hotbed of 1960s radicalism By Alexander Nazaryan For a Palestinian supposedly determined to see Israel destroyed, Paul Hadweh looks remarkably like his fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley. I met the 22-year-old senior on the rooftop of a campus building, overlooking the expanse of San Francisco

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Palestinian Kills Teen In Israeli Settlement, Then Shot Dead

JERUSALEM, June 30 – A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, before guards shot him dead, the military and hospital officials said. A member of the response team that killed the assailant was also wounded in the incident, said an official

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Transgender Beauties from Three Faiths Vie for Israeli Crown

By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, May 27 – Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant brought together contestants from the Holy Land’s three main faiths on Friday in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence. In what organisers described as an ethnic “mosaic”, those vying for the Miss Trans Israel 2016 crown included a Jewish confectioner from

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Arab-Jewish Segregation Comments Spark Furore in Israel

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, April 6 – A far-right Israeli politician has been admonished by his party and roundly condemned by commentators after suggesting Jewish and Arab women should be separated in maternity wards in apartheid-style segregation. Betzalel Smotrich, a 36-year-old member of parliament from the Jewish Home party, which is part of Prime Minister

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Israel Brings In 19 Yemeni Jews In Final Immigration Push

JERUSALEM, March 21  – Israel has brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration officials described as the last covert operation to move members of a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia. Seventeen people arrived late on Sunday, including a man who doubled up as the rabbi and kosher butcher in the

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Palestine: The Lone Ranger

A Palestinian woman is determined to stay in her home despite settlers’ intimidation tactics By Maher Abukhater When Jamila Shalaldeh got married in 1988, she did not know that leaving her small town and moving to the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, would be a terrifying and challenging experience for her and

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Israeli Taxman Eyes Off-the-Books “Religious Services Industry”

JERUSALEM, Feb 4 – Israel’s Tax Authority says it wants a cut of gratuities traditionally offered to Jewish ritual circumcisers and a slice of the payments that private kosher inspectors usually pocket. A recent state comptroller’s report said unreported payments for such religious services could account for tens of millions of dollars of income kept

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Israeli Woman Killed in Stabbing Incident

JERUSALEM, Jan 26 – An Israeli woman died on Tuesday of wounds suffered in a stabbing attack in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank a day earlier in which two Palestinian assailants were shot dead, police said. The incident pointed to an emerging pattern of attacks inside West Bank settlements and prompted Prime

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