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With dishwasher-sized craft, Israeli Lunar XPrize team shoots for the moon
BY Ben Sales, JTA
May 15, 2014

TEL AVIV — One small step by Israelis could become a giant leap for the State of Israel. At a Tel Aviv University laboratory, a team of 20 Israelis is building a spacecraft they believe will make Israel only the fourth country — after the United States, Russia and China — to touch down on CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
May 15, 2014

The author of a Holocaust memoir now proven to be fake was ordered to pay back $22.5 million to the publisher from whom she had won a judgment. Twenty years ago, Misha Defonseca penned “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” which detailed how her parents were deported by Nazis when she was 6 years CONTINUE »

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As Poland touts rescuers, filmmakers address Holocaust-era treachery
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
May 1, 2014

After Reburying the bones of her parents in a neglected Jewish cemetery, a soon-to-be Polish nun quietly crosses herself with earth-covered fingers. A devout and introverted young woman, Ida Lebenstein had learned only days earlier that her parents were Jews who were murdered by Polish Christians. As she knelt in her nun’s habit among headstones CONTINUE »

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Geert Wilders and Dutch Jews — end of the affair?
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
May 1, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Standing in front of a giant flag, a tall blond politician asks his excited followers whether their country should have greater or fewer Moroccans. When they are done chanting “fewer,” the speaker, Geert Wilders of the far-right Dutch Party for Freedom, promises his listeners that he will “take care of it.” CONTINUE »

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U.S., Israel search for solution to visa dispute
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 1, 2014

The State Department is responding to pressure from Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill and is reviewing its policy on granting tourist visas to Israeli citizens. Julia Frifield, the department’s assist- ant secretary for legislative affairs, announced on April 17 the formation of a working group with the Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s Foreign Ministry. CONTINUE »