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Israel aids Sandy victims and Ghana mall collapse

(JNS.org) Just days after Israel Flying Aid, an Israeli global humanitarian organization, distributed supplies of gas, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Homefront Command delegation departed for Ghana to assist search-and-rescue efforts following the collapse of a multi-story shopping center in the city...
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Greek Jews battle Golden Dawn, neo-Nazi party

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — For every Jew who lives in Greece, there are about 100 Greeks who voted for the country’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, last spring. The party now controls 18 seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament, and its popularity is rising rapidly: A poll taken in...
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South African ruling party supports Israel boycott

PRETORIA, South Africa (JTA) — An international conference convened by South Africa’s ruling party declared its support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign targeting Israel. Several anti-Israeli declarations were made in Pretoria this week during the 3rd International Solidarity Conference, organized by the African National Congress.

More than 1,000...
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American-Israeli basketball coach Blatt to quit Team Russia

(JTA) — American-Israeli basketball coach David Blatt announced that he would end his tenure at the helm of Russia’s national basketball team. Blatt said Tuesday that he would not renew his contract with the Russian team, just three months after leading the team to a bronze medal at the 2012...
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Islamist arrested for offering to ‘protect’ Jews with AK-47

(JTA) — Norwegian police have increased security around Oslo’s main synagogue after an Islamist extremist threatened to “protect” the Jewish community with an “AK-47 assault rifle and a hunting permit.”

Police on Oct. 27 recommended indicting Ubaydullah Hussain, the 27-year-old leader of the radical Islamic organization Profetens Ummah. He was...
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Kidnapping plot in Tunisia reportedly foiled

(JTA) — A network plotting to kidnap and ransom members of a southern Tunisia town’s Jewish community was broken up by the country’s national guard, a Tunisian newspaper reported. The network was started by a police officer who was formerly responsible for protecting the Jewish community, according to the report...
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Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood: What to do about Egypt?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups looking for signals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came — in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered “amen” to an imam’s call for God to “deal harshly” with...
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Sports Briefs: ‘Turk’ defends title; Texas hoops assn. changes policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s Carolina Raquel “The Turk” Duer defended her World Boxing Organization super flyweight title for the sixth time. Duer, 34, won a unanimous decision over countryman Marisa Portillo last Friday before more than 4,000 fans at an Argentina park — a record crowd for a...
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Rhodes memorial vandalized

(JTA) — A Holocaust memorial in Rhodes was spray-painted with swastikas. The Holocaust Memorial to the Jews of Rhodes in the Jewish Martyrs Square — the old Jewish Quarter — was defaced Saturday on its six sides. The initials AME also were spray-painted on the monument, possibly referring to an...
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Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium. Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium centrifuges but had not starting running them...
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