Whose Rights?

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A 10-member delegation of Jews and Muslims told the Danish ambassador to the United States that his country’s ban on ritual slaughter has sullied Denmark’s reputation. Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, led the Feb. 27 delegation in protest of the ban, which went into effect at the end of February…. Read More

‘Playing with Fire’

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After a Polish court tossed out a government regulation permitting kos-her slaughter in 2012, Poland’s $500 million ritual slaughter industry was expected to be brought to its knees. Evidence shows, however, that not only was kosher slaughter still being performed in Poland as recently as this month, but also that kosher meat producers had help… Read More

Oxfam Aid Questioned

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An Israeli organization is mulling over taking a legal fight against Oxfam International to the global aid conglomerate’s donors, cutting off a source of funds it says is ending up in the hands of people allied with terror groups. “We are thinking of alerting the foundations that fund Oxfam,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director and founder of… Read More

AIPAC Shapes Priorities

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Coming off of what many observers characterized as an off year in terms of getting its agenda implemented in Washington, D.C., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will be welcoming upward of 14,000 attendees at the March 1-4 annual policy conference that will set the pro-Israel organization’s 2014 initiatives. Chief among the organization’s priority items… Read More

Hadassah’s Woes Continue

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The dust may have settled at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, but the underlying financial troubles that caused workers to go on strike earlier this month remain, as an organization that predates the State of Israel struggles to move on. Staffers at the two Hadassah hospitals in the Jerusalem enclaves of Ein Kerem and… Read More

Ukraine’s Jews Hunker Down

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The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews… Read More

Not Losing Sleep

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TEL AVIV — Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe. The possibility of a boycott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in the settlements could decrease that number, but Burg isn’t worried. The CEO of Psagot Winery, which is located in a settlement… Read More

Second of ‘Cuban Five’ expected to be released

A second of five Cuban spies whose release from prison is seen as critical to the freedom of Alan Gross will likely soon be in Cuba. Fernando Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five convicted of spying offenses in 2001, will be transferred to immigration lockup at the end of February to await deportation, the Miami… Read More

Friendly fire kills Israeli officer

An Israeli army officer commanding a unit during an operation near the Gaza security fence was killed by friendly fire. According to a preliminary investigation, the officer, identified as Capt. Tal Nachman, 21, of Nes Tziona, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a soldier from another unit operating in the area, the Israel… Read More

Dead Sea Scrolls website upgraded

The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a newly upgraded version of its Dead Sea Scrolls digital library that includes more than 10,000 new photos of the famous ancient biblical texts. Visitors to the deadseascrolls.org.il website will soon be able to view and explore the images, which the IAA classified as of “unprecedented quality.” The Dead… Read More