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Egypt President Mohamed Morsi ousted by military

( – Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president of Egypt whose rule sparked protests that had engulfed the country since last Friday, was removed from power on Wednesday by the Egyptian military.

The constitution of Egypt was also suspended. Egypt Army Chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised speech that Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, would temporarily assume the presidency until a new election is...

What took the Egyptian army so long?


When Mohamed Morsi won the election to become Egypt’s president a year ago, perhaps the biggest surprise was that the Egyptian Army allowed him to take the reins of power.

After all, it was the army that had shepherded the coup that had deposed Hosni Mubarak a year and a half earlier when it chose to side with the people over the autocratic president in February 2011,...

Eichmann papers to remain classified, German court rules

BERLIN (JTA) — A German court rejected a German newspaper’s bid to view files related to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, ruling they should remain classified.

The Bild Zeitung newspaper, which sued in 2011 to see the files, could try to appeal the June 28 decision by the Federal Administrative Court to Germany’s Supreme Court, according to reports. The administrative court determined that the foreign intelligence agency was within its...

Heeding Kerry’s peace call, Jewish groups rap Bennett’s two-state obit


WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s almost boilerplate: The American Jewish community asks a foreign leader with whom it has cultivated a close relationship to kindly tell firebrands in the leader’s government to pipe down and fall in with an established policy that happens to be embraced by the U.S. government.

Greece? Romania? Hungary? Russia?

Try Israel.

In a rare rebuke of a sitting Israeli minister, three major centrist...

Two of three campers struck by lightning sent home

(JTA) – Two of the three campers struck by lightning at a Reform Jewish summer camp near Indianapolis have been released from the hospital.

The Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Ind., has not released the names of the campers who were injured on Saturday, but said the two back home are from Cabins 1 and 12.

The three victims taken to the hospital were a 9-year-old girl from Missouri,...

Prior to coup, Egyptian army moves troops to Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt, amid major unrest in the country, has moved troops and armored vehicles to the Sinai-Gaza border area in coordination with Israel.

The movement on Tuesday comes as the Egyptian military issued an ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, calling on him to step down or face an escalation of the protests against his government. Millions of Egyptians already have taken to the streets to protest Morsi’s...

At New York synagogue, a hero’s welcome for Edith Windsor


NEW YORK (JTA) — At 5 p.m. last Friday, a line of visibly excited people — many decked out in rainbow regalia — gathered on the sidewalk outside Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the gay and lesbian synagogue in Manhattan.

Worshipers don’t generally form lines down the block in advance of Sabbath services. But it’s not every Shabbat that one can celebrate gay pride weekend with Edith Windsor...

Gabriel Greenberg offered contract as new Beth Israel rabbi

The good news for Congregation Beth Israel is the Modern Orthodox synagogue does have a new rabbi, posed to take over the position being vacated by Rabbi Uri Topolosky at the end of this month. The bad news is that Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg, who accepted the position in principle, must honor his commitment to the Hillel at the University of California at Berkeley for nearly another year and won’t be...

One of 3 campers struck by lightning leaves hospital, director says

NEW YORK (JTA) — One of the three campers struck by lightning at a Jewish camp near Indianapolis was released from the hospital, according to the camp director.

Rabbi Mark Covitz, director of the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN, on Monday blogged an update on the campers injured two days earlier.

“All of our campers know that three campers were sent to the hospital as a result of...

Politician with anti-Semitic past appointed Greek health minister

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — A right-wing Greek politician who has made anti-Semitic statements was appointed health minister of Greece.

The naming of Adonis Georgiadis came as part of a Cabinet reshuffle last week after one of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ junior coalition partners walked out over attempts to reform the struggling economy in Greece.

Georgiadis, who also owns a publishing house, has promoted and sold the notorious book “The Jews,...