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French Jewish communities condemns Muhammad cartoons

(JTA) — The president of the representative body of France’s Jewish communities condemned the new publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The publication Wednesday of the caricatures in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo “in the current context” is “irresponsible,” Dr. Richard Prasquier, the president of the Jewish umbrella body CRIF, said in a statement.

The weekly published the caricatures in a defiant move that it said was meant to...

Grenade thrown in suburban Paris kosher market injures shopper

(JTA) — An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris, reportedly caused by a grenade, damaged the store and injured a shopper, French police said. Police have not linked Wednesday afternoon’s attack to the release of caricatures hours earlier by a Paris weekly depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, including one featuring a haredi Orthodox Jew and a religious Muslim.

The store in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles reportedly was...

In anti-Islam movie furor, fears that a filmmaker’s lies have legs

By JTA STAFF

NEW YORK (JTA) — There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well. Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern California who has since been fingered as the main figure behind the film that sparked violence across the Muslim world.

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Key figure in anti-Muslim movie taken in for questioning

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian man who police say is one of the key figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was taken in for questioning. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned near Los Angeles after being brought in Saturday morning by federal probation officers, The New York Times reported, but he was not placed under arrest.

Police reportedly may be investigating whether Nakoula uploaded the 14-minute movie trailer,...

On U.S. news shows Netanyahu calls for red line on Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will try to win American public support for red lines on Iran’s nuclear program in appearances on American news shows. Netanyahu appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in a pre-recorded interview.

“Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism,” Netanyahu told host David Gregory. “It’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics...

El Al discontinues weekly flights to Egypt

(JTA) – El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo. In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

The airline declined comment. Irena Etinger, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, confirmed the letter. The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did...

Temple Sinai organizes food drive during High Holidays

In cooperation with Second Harvest Food Bank, Temple Sinai will be collecting non-perishable food items during the High Holidays. Members and guests are encouraged to drop off the food items to the temple as they enter the main sanctuary. The Temple Sinai Hunger Project will provide bags for donated items, which will then be given to the food bank. Second Harvest has recently been hit hard by victims of Hurricane...

Jewish connection unlikely; Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film

NEW YORK (JTA) — He’s not a Jew. At least that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. The Libya attack left the country’s U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats dead.

The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in...

Campaign for Jewish votes: GOP has the money, Dems have history

By RON KAMPEAS

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (JTA) — In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history. The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach bids in three major Jewish population centers: the suburbs of Cleveland and Philadelphia, and in Broward and Palm Beach counties...

Israel population now nearly 8 million

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s population is nearing 8 million, up almost 100,000 from the end of 2011, according to data released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the population of Israel stands at approximately 7,933,200; at the end of 2011 it was at 7.837 million.

The new figure includes approximately 5,978,600 Jews, or 75.4 percent of the population, and about 1,636,600 Arabs, or 20.6...