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Arafat’s tomb closed prior to exhumation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The tomb of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was closed to the public in preparation for the exhumation of his body. A French investigative team is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 26 to take samples from his remains, which are buried in Ramallah in the West...
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Norway’s king nixes honor for foundation leader accused of anti-Semitism

(JTA) — The Norwegian Royal Palace reportedly has dropped controversial plans to recognize a converted Muslim who is accused of anti-Semitism. The decision to withdraw the honor for Trond Ali Linstad was announced Tuesday after Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang canceled his participation in the award ceremony. Linstad, 69, is a...
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Police: Neo-Nazis vandalized German Holocaust memorials

BERLIN (JTA) — Neo-Nazis are behind the destruction of 11 “stumbling block” Holocaust memorials, say police in the German city of Greifswald. The vandalism in the eastern Germany city was discovered Nov. 9, the 74th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews.

According to the Die Welt newspaper, the brass...
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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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