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Scottish church claims Jews have no scriptural claim to Holy Land

(JTA) — The Church of Scotland published a paper denying that “scripture” provides a basis for Jewish claims to Israel.

The paper, entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham,” rejects “claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory.” The paper further states that “reconciliation can...
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WJC: Hungary’s Orban comes up short in message

BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress welcomed comments by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemning anti-Semitism but said he did not go far enough.

Orban, addressing the opening dinner Sunday of the World Jewish Congress plenary assembly in Budapest, called anti-Semitism “unacceptable and intolerable,” and said it was...
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BBC slammed for pulling documentary on Jewish exodus from Jerusalem

(JTA) — An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Ilan Ziv said in a blog post on April 27 that the BBC exhibited “a mixture of incompetence, political naivete, conscious or subconscious political pressure and...
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Hezbollah boss Nasrallah warns Washington on upping ante in Syria

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, warned that American involvement in the Syria crisis could invite his group’s intervention.

“You won’t be able to bring down Damascus and you cannot bring down the regime militarily,” Nasrallah said Tuesday in a televised interview, according to The New York Times....
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Jewish cemetery unearthed during construction work in Turkey

(JTA) — Gravestones and bones from an ancient Turkish Jewish cemetery were unearthed during the construction of an underground tunnel.

The remains in the Turkish city of Izmir were found more than 20 feet below ground, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday.

According to Hurriyet, the gravestones were left in...
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Hungary bans protests during WJC confab

(JTA) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ordered police to prevent protests and rallies that would disturb the World Jewish Congress General Assembly in Budapest.

Orban issued the ban on Tuesday, Reuters reported, including on an “anti-Zionist” demonstration planned for Friday, the first day of the international conference.

The demonstration,...
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Arab League agrees to peace with land swaps

(JTA) — The Arab League agreed to a Middle East peace plan that would allow for agreed-upon land swaps.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani, speaking on behalf of the Arab League, said Monday during a visit to Washington that the Arab countries favor a peace deal...
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Israeli President Shimon Peres slated to visit Vatican

(JNS.org) –  Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit Pope Francis I at the Vatican next week, becoming one of the first heads of state to visit with the new pontiff.

According to a statement from the Israeli President’s office, “Peres will raise the issue of furthering peace and stability in...
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White House: U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons

(JTA) — The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.

The White House on Thursday informed Congress that intelligence shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered government troops to use sarin gas against the rebels.

“Our intelligence community does asses with varying degrees of confidence that...
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Syrian minister: we will not use chemical weapons

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syria will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens or against Israel, a Syrian minister said.

“Even if Syria does have chemical weapons, our leadership and our military will not use them either against Syrians or against Israelis, above all for moral reasons and secondarily on...
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