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P.A. officially changes name to State of Palestine

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority officially changed its name to the State of Palestine. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas decreed Friday that the name would be changed to reflect the recent upgrade of the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations, The Associated Press reported.

Palestinian stamps, signs and letterheads...
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Center-left parties discuss forming bloc to beat Bibi

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich and Hatnua party chief Tzipi Livni have agreed to discuss forming a left-center bloc to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from forming the next government. Livni on Friday called on Yacimovich and centrist Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid to join together in a...
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Hagel likely Defense Secretary nominee

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama likely will nominate Chuck Hagel as defense secretary early next week, according to sources. Multiple sources in the national security and foreign policy communities, including two close to Hagel, confirmed reports Friday by NBC, Foreign Policy and Newsweek that Obama was poised to name Hagel...
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Radical Catholic sect head declares Jews ‘enemies of Church’

TORONTO (JTA) — Jews are “enemies of the Church,” the head of a radical Catholic sect said in Canada. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, made the remark during a Dec. 28 address at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy in New Hamburg, Ontario,...
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Sweden to honor Wallenberg with annual memorial day

(JTA) — Sweden will honor World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg with an annual memorial day. Aug. 27 will be earmarked as the official Wallenberg day, Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth wrote in an Op-Ed that appeared Friday in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, thelocal.se reported. Wallenberg’s sister Nina Lagergren also...
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Auschwitz memorial attracts 1.43 million visitors in 2012

(JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial and museum attracted a record number of visitors in 2012. There were 1.43 million visitors to the grounds of the former Nazi camp last year — the most in the museum’s 65-year history, the museum said on its website.

More than 1 million...
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Despite opposition, Obama signs anti-Iran, defense bill

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama signed a defense funding bill that included Iran sanctions he had opposed. Obama on Jan. 2 signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which would sanction entities that circumvent existing banking sanctions on Iran by paying for Iranian oil with gold and restrict dealings with Iran’s...
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Community Day School wins runner up video prize

Community Day School (CDS) has won one of the runner up prizes in the Avi Chai Foundation Jewish Day School Alumni Video Contest. Members of the local community and those along the Gulf Coast registered 407 votes for the video by the former New Orleans Jewish Day School alumnus Max...
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Montenegro bequeaths land for first synagogue in centuries

(JTA) — The government of Montenegro reportedly has given land to its tiny Jewish community to build the country’s first synagogue in centuries. The last of the paperwork came through on Dec. 31, according to Jasa Alfandari, president of the Jewish Community of Montenegro.

“We have been given a beautiful...
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Historic synagogues to meet in ritual objects spat

(JTA) — The leaders of two historic synagogues will hold a settlement conference over a set of ritual Torah decorations. A federal judge in Rhode Island will meet with the leaders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., and Congregation Shearith Israel of New York on Thursday to discuss a...
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