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Young couple killed by felled tree during Sandy

Two Jewish victims of Hurricane Sandy were Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, who have been described as “best friends,”  but not boyfriend and girlfriend. The two were killed instantly on October 29 by a falling tree and are pictured together in this 2007 photo. According to published reports, Vogelman had...
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Barak: Iran has delayed building a nuclear bomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has pulled back from the brink of achieving a nuclear weapon, opting to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a British newspaper.

Iran’s decision to convert that uranium into fuel rods for a civilian research...
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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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Israeli startup Argo hopes to put paraplegics on their feet

By BEN SALES

YOKNE’AM ILIT, Israel (JTA) — Radi Kaiuf was serving in Lebanon in 1988 with the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade when, in the middle of an operation, he took two bullets to the stomach and one to the back. He was lucky to be alive, doctors said,...
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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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Jewish community bears brunt of Hurricane Sandy

By ADAM SOCLOF

NEW YORK (JTA) — Less than a year into her job at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y., Rabbi Debbie Bravo sounded remarkably poised as she and her community face one of their most powerful challenges together: Hurricane Sandy.

Bravo’s land line was dead. When she picked...
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At height of storm, Jews took to the Internet to share stories and make appeals

By BEN HARRIS

NEW YORK (JTA) – At 10 p.m. on Monday, as the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the northeastern United States, filmmaker Sandi Dubowski posted an urgent online message. DuBowski’s elderly parents had declined to leave their home in Manhattan Beach, a neighborhood of southern...
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