Report: Arabs could outnumber Jews in Israel by 2020

( On top of Hamas terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program, the implications of unrest in Syria and the rise of an Islamist government in Egypt, another growing challenge Israel faces in 2013 and beyond is a demographic one. The Jewish state could lose its Jewish character within this decade, according...
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Netanyahu expresses concern that Hamas could take over PA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concern that Hamas would take over the Palestinian Authority before or after a peace agreement. “In Egypt, the regime has been replaced, in Syria the regime is being shaken and this could also happen in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea...
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As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Jewish umbrella groups fight cuts


WASHINGTON (JTA) — What will be cut? And who will pay? These are the two facets of the “fiscal cliff” debate in Washington, as President Obama and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrangle over what mix of cuts and revenue increases should be part of a...
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Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prize winner in medicine, dies at 103

(JTA) — Rita Levi Montalcini, an Italian biologist who defied World War II fascist anti-Semitism and went on to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, died at the age of 103. Her niece told reporters that Levi Montalcini died quietly in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Rome.

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Woman charged in Noah Pozner fraud case

(JTA) — Federal prosecutors charged a New York woman with lying to federal agents during an investigation into an alleged scheme soliciting donations in the name of Newtown rampage victim Noah Pozner.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx, denied posing as an aunt...
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Israeli government fires back at British criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The education minister of Israel responded to British condemnation of planned construction in eastern Jerusalem and accreditation of Ariel University Center. “Our connection to Ariel is at least as strong as the UK’s connection to the Falkland Islands,” Gideon Saar said late Saturday.

“A university is an...
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Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Liberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday morning. Liberman is charged with advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh,...
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Federation Centennial event venue changed

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has announced a venue change for the kickoff of its Centennial Jubilee Celebration on January 15. The highlight for the event will be native New Orleanian Richard Berenson Stone, the current chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, engaging...
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New Senate appointee from Hawaii is Jewish

Hawaii’s new junior Senator is Brian Emanuel Schatz (pronounced “shootz”). Schatz, 40, replaced Senator Daniel Inouye, who died last week. Born in Michigan, he is a twin and has lived in Hawaii most of his life. According to news reports, Schatz (D-HI), the current Lt. Governor of Hawaii, is Jewish...
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Hitler statue unveiled outside former Warsaw ghetto

(JTA) — An Italian artist reportedly placed a statue of Adolf Hitler in a building outside what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto. The statue, which depicts Hitler kneeling and is titled “Him,” is part of a new exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan titled “Amen,” according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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