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Fleeing ‘place full of death,’ Jews from eastern Ukraine weep for homeland
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
July 31, 2014

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the CONTINUE »

Senator says he will seek to re-impose previous sanctions
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
July 31, 2014

In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor this month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the Obama administration’s stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict and nuclear negotiations with Iran — indicating that he will  present a bill to reimpose the sanctions on Iran previously lifted by the United States. Cruz said that U.S. efforts should be CONTINUE »

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Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset CONTINUE »

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Israeli tourism affected by wartime atmosphere
BY Joshua Runyan
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla mall skirting the Old City’s Western Wall just outside the Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the CONTINUE »

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Faith leaders meet with governor on immigration crisis
BY Heather Norris
July 31, 2014

While uncertainty continues over how to quell the rush of young migrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and what to do with the children awaiting trials that will determine their fate, one thing is assured in Maryland: local faith leaders will have a large role in any upcoming action. “Texas shares the CONTINUE »