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International

Deadly Bulgaria survivors recall chaos, tragedy

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Vered Kuza was standing with her daughter, Amit, on an airport shuttle bus at Sarafovo International Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, when she suddenly heard a blast. “It’s an attack!” Kuza, 54, shouted at Amit, 26. “We need to get out of here!” She pushed her daughter through the door just as the bus exploded. Kuza was knocked unconscious. Her daughter landed on the...

Bulgarian bombing attributed to suicide bomber with fake ID

Bulgarian officials released video surveillance pictures of the man they suspect was the suicide bomber in yesterday’s terrorist attack at Sarvofo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria. The video pictures show a tourist wearing sunglasses, a cap, T-shirt and shorts and bearing an oversized backpack on his shoulders. The attack killed five Israelis, the bus driver and the bomber, whom officials stated was carrying a fake Michigan state identification card.

Authorities said...

JFNA issues statement on Bulgarian bombing

Following the deadly bombing today in ‘Bulgaria, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) released the following statement: “We are shocked and saddened by the bus bombing targeting innocent young Israelis traveling to Bulgaria,” said Kathy Manning, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Board of Trustees. “On behalf of The Jewish Federations, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and stand shoulder to shoulder...

Orthodox rabbinical group urges German Jews to defy ban on circumcision

BERLIN (JTA) — Europe’s main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the May ruling by a Cologne district court, which Jewish groups see...

Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and philanthropist

Vidal Sassoon, the legendary Los Angeles hairstylist who revolutionized his industry in the 1960s, died at his Bel Air home on May 8 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Although Sassoon lived in the glitzy entertainment world for more than a half century, he never forgot his humble beginnings in London’s East End, nor his Jewish ancestry.  At the age of 20, Sassoon joined the Haganah and fought in Israel’s war for independence in 1948....

U. S. refuses demands via Jewish prisoner

United States officials confirmed they will not consider dealing with terrorists from the Al Queda network, who captured Jewish American worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. Weinstein was seen for the first time since his capture in a video posted to an Al Queda website in early May. Weinstein delivered an emotional online message in which he listed eight demands the U.S. needs to take in order to prevent his execution....

London mayor wins re-election bid

London Mayor Boris Johnson won his bid for re-election last week. Johnson ran against the previous mayor, Ken “Red” Livingstone, who served in office 2000-2008. Livingston, a member of the British Labor Party has been cited for several anti-Semitic comments he has made and has been criticized by Jews and backers of the State of Israel for his open support of extreme and radical Islamic groups. This was Livingstone’s second...

Jewish American now being held by Al Qaeda

Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old Jewish-American kidnapped in a brazen daylight attack at his home in Lahore, Pakistan, is now in the hands of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, according to a statement from its leader, Ayman Al-Zawahari. Weinstein’s home was attacked August 13 on the eve of the Ramadan festival when three gunmen posing as neighbors bringing food prior to the month-long fast rushed past the guards and pistol whipped...

Warsaw conference deals with ‘threats’

The largest conference of European rabbis to meet in Poland since World War II has ended after addressing a number of what is perceived to be anti-Semitic threats to Jews living in Western Europe. According to the Jerusalem Post, so-called “militant secularism” is seen as a threat to two very important Jewish institutions: brit milah (ritual circumcision) and shechita (ritual kosher slaughter). Coupled with anti-Israel sentiment, the rabbis expressed concern...