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Christian Exodus Weakens Moderate Islam

ICC Note: “Christians are irreplaceable peacemakers,” A Lebanese church leader told a gathering of international officials. As Christians are driven from their homelands in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere across the Middle East it is Islamic extremists who are gaining. The hope for a stable and prosperous region is diminished when Christians are attacked. 04/28/2015 Lebanon […]

Walking a Day Imprisoned with Pastor Saeed

ICC Note: For Saeed Abedini, and dozens of other Christians imprisoned in Iran, they spend day after day in prison simply because of their faith. The following is a retelling of what those days are like for Saeed who has spent more than two years in prison because he continues to profess faith in Jesus […]

Three Suspects Detained over Alleged Church Attack Plot in France

ICC Note: Three new people have been taken into custody by French police in connection to an alleged terror plot to attack one or more churches in Paris. It is believed that the men are connected to Sid Ahmed Ghlam, who was arrested on similar suspicions last week. According to reports, DNA evidence of two […]

Government of India Claims It Will “Protect” Religious Minorities With Biased Law

ICC Note: The Indian government claimed it would start protecting religious minorities and took the occasion to pitch for a national anti-conversion law. Hindu nationalists have been advocating for a national anti-conversion law, claiming that it would ease tensions between religious groups. Unfortunately, when these laws have been implemented at the state level, they have […]

Hillary Swank to play Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in film

(JTA) — Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will star as Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt in a film adaptation of her book about her legal battle with a Holocaust denier. The movie will be a courtroom drama based on “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” which was published in 2005. Tom […]

Woody Allen’s new film about — guess what? — an older man falling for a young babe

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Woody Allen’s upcoming film, “Irrational Man.” (Youtube) A philosophy professor has an existential crisis. He falls for one of his students, who is much younger than he is. His feelings for her give him a new lease on life. Sound familiar? Is there any doubt as to who directed this new […]

Jimmy Carter cancels visit to Gaza at last minute

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former President Jimmy Carter canceled a visit to the Gaza Strip. Carter and a delegation from the Elders, an international group of elder statesmen who advance peace and reconciliation, had been scheduled to arrive in Gaza on Thursday. No reason was given for the cancellation, which was announced on Wednesday, The Associated […]

Israeli president hosts 3 children of Nepal’s Chabad emissaries

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the children of the Chabad-Lubavitch couple working as emissaries in Nepal. The three children of Chani and Chezki Lipshitz arrived at the president’s residence on Wednesday afternoon accompanied by their grandmother Yehudit Fleischman and Nepalese caregiver Lolita, who lives with the family at the Chabad house in […]

Belarus president raps Jewish governor for not keeping Jews ‘under control’

(JTA) — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko criticized a Jewish regional governor for not keeping the country’s Jewish population “under control.” In a three-hour televised address on Wednesday, Lukashenko called out Semyon Shapiro, governor of the Minsk region, for not chastising Yuri Zisser, the Jewish head of the website. has criticized Lukashenko’s tax on […]

U. of Texas divestment resolution falls with help from Jewish alumni

(JTA) — Opponents of a University of Texas student government divestment resolution that was handily defeated gave credit to a letter from area alumni. The divestment vote last week in the Student Government Assembly was 23 against and 11 in favor, with one abstention. The resolution, proposed by the UTDivest coalition organized by the Palestine […]

Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections

Seth Wong, left, and JJ Slatkin hope their new marijuana testing business will take them to new highs. (Uriel Heilman) DENVER (JTA) – Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air. But if all goes according to […]

At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance

A woman at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, April 26, 2015. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) LOHHEIDE, Germany (JTA) — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together last weekend under gray skies on a ground alive […]

Fired Al Jazeera America employee sues network alleging anti-Semitism

(JTA) — A fired Al Jazeera America employee is suing the network alleging a hostile work environment that included “discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks.” According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Matthew Luke was fired in February 10 days after he complained about the behavior of his supervisor, Osman Mahmud, […]

One Israeli remains out of contact in Nepal

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Only one Israeli in Nepal has yet to make contact since the deadly earthquake in Nepal. The death toll in last Saturday’s temblor was over 5,000 as of Wednesday morning. At least five helicopters took off on Wednesday to locate and rescue the remaining 40 Israelis who were hiking in the mountains […]

Left Blasts Netanyahu Over Coalition Agreements

Yair Lapid, Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni criticize coalition agreements with Kulanu and United Torah Judaism.

Israeli Company Displays Huge Field-Crop Wall at Agritech

Netafim, an Israeli company considered a global leader in irrigation, shows its technology at Agritech conference in Tel Aviv.

Head of IDF Nepal Mission Meets Nepalese Prime Minister

“We will do our best to save as many lives as we can,” says the head of the IDF’s humanitarian mission in Nepal.

Senate Rejects Tying of Sanctions Relief for Iran with Terror

United States Senate rejects effort to tie sanctions relief for Iran with a verification that Tehran is not supporting acts of terrorism.

Wendy Sherman: ‘Hold Your Horses’ Before Trading with Iran

Chief American negotiator urges India and other buyers of Iranian oil to hold off until final deal is signed.

Tsvi Mark: One of the First Yeshiva Students in West Point

The New York Times recently reported on the first Orthodox acceptee to West Point, except they missed a couple students along the way.

Your IRA and Why Nations Fail

Why investing in your IRA is worthwhile, and why some nations are richer than others.

Former Lehi Fighter Azriel Livnat Dies at 92

Azriel Livnat, father of Minister Limor Livnat, was a member of the Lehi underground movement that operated during the British Mandate.

JDC Coordinates NGOs in Nepal Crisis

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, one of the largest charities in the world, gets its boots on the ground in Nepal.

Jewish Home: Patience is a Virtue

Jewish Home party urges Central Committee members to be patient as coalition negotiations continue.

Senate amends Iran nuclear agreement oversight bill with passage in mind

The White House says it will block legislation that interferes with negotiations between Iran, the US and other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program.

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