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Israeli Navy Attacks Fishing Boats In Gaza Waters
31 Jan 2015 - Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Saturday at dawn, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats near the Sudaniyya shore, northwest of Gaza city. ...
Army Kidnaps Three Palestinians Near Gaza
31 Jan 2015 - The Israeli army kidnapped, on Friday evening, three Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, claiming that the three men infiltrated into an area in the Eshkol Regional Council of Settlements. ...
Child Injured In Nabi Saleh Weekly Protest
30 Jan 2015 - Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child was shot and injured by Israeli army fire, and scores of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in the weekly protest against the Wall and Settlements in Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. ...
Palestinians a Majority by 2020
30 Jan 2015 - Palestinians in historical Palestine will outnumber Jewish Israelis by the year 2020, according to a new publication by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. ...
Israel to Cut Electricity in PA Territories
30 Jan 2015 - Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), this past Wednesday, decided to reduce electricity distributed to territories governed by the Palestinian Authority, due to accumulated debts. ...
430 New West Bank Settler Homes to be Constructed
30 Jan 2015 - The Israeli government, this Friday, published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the head of an NGO which monitors settlement activities told AFP. ...
Dr. Erekat: Responds to Reports of New Settlement Units
30 Jan 2015 - Calls on International Community to Boycott All Settlement Products Reports circulated Friday about the publication of tenders for 450 new units to be constructed in a number of illegal Israeli settlements. ...
Several Palestinians Injured Near Hebron
29 Jan 2015 - A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Thursday evening, the ath-Thaher area, south of Beit Ummar town, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and clashed with dozens of local youths. ...
Settlers Attempt To Kidnap A Palestinian Toddler In Jerusalem
29 Jan 2015 - Israeli settlers attempted, Thursday, to kidnap a Palestinian toddler in one of the streets of Jabal al-Mokabber town, in occupied East Jerusalem. ...
Israel Jails 13 Minors, Imposes Fines
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  Ha'aretz Diplomacy & Defense
Palestinian killed, another wounded by Israeli army fire in West Bank
Two Palestinians were about to throw firebomb at nearby road when soldiers spotted them, the army says; the second man was wounded.
Pelosi vs. Netanyahu's Congress speech: If he wants to talk Iran, he can go on TV
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't rule out possibility of lawmakers boycotting Netanyahu's address, which was planned without notifying the White House.
Report: Assassination of Hezbollah's Imad Mughniyeh was joint U.S.-Israeli operation
CIA and Mossad tracked senior Hezbollah figure for months before killing him in 2008, former U.S. officials tell Washington Post.
When the cannons roar, Netanyahu's numbers soar
Events in the north this week strengthened the electoral importance of the 'security-political' issue - PM Netanyahu’s strongest suit. But he and other party heads suffered some serious blows.
U.S. says Israeli settlement housing tenders will 'inflame tensions'
Publication of tenders for 450 new housing units over the Green Line will further isolate Israel, says State Department; U.K. also condemns the announcement.
Israel, Spain to launch joint probe into Spanish soldier's death in Lebanon
Spanish soldier serving in UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon killed in exchange of fire between Israeli army and Hezbollah.
Nasrallah: Hezbollah doesn't want war with Israel - but isn't afraid of one
Leader of Hezbollah says group has right to respond to Israeli 'aggression,' two days after border attack that killed two Israeli soldiers.
Israeli defense minister: It's safe for residents, tourists to return to routine
Israeli leaders visit injured soldiers, families of the fallen two days after deadly attack by Hezbollah.
Israel issues tenders for 450 West Bank settlement units
News tenders issued after several months of quiet freeze due to Netanyahu's fear of American backlash.
Netanyahu: Issues surrounding Congress speech are procedural
Israeli PM warns that Iran with a nuclear weapon is much bigger problem than issues surrounding his upcoming address to Congress.
UN reviewing its operations in Gaza after offices attacked
Following a violent protest and rising political tension, the danger of internal violent conflict becomes ever more possible, which only adds to the local populaces' reasons to fear.
Senior Democrats to Netanyahu: Reconsider Congress speech
White House and Democratic Party leaders assert that Israeli prime minister's behavior in the affair was inappropriate.
After Congress speech scandal, Netanyahu is toast at White House
As long as Obama is in office, he has no intention of meeting Netanyahu. If reelected, the Israeli PM may find himself abandoned and defenseless in the international arena.
IDF Northern Command had been warned of possible missile attack from Lebanon
Days before the attack that killed two soldiers, the Israeli military had placed a checkpoint nearby – but decided against closing the road.
Iran's interest in Lebanon has nothing to do with Israel
Neither Hezbollah and Iran nor Israel want an escalation on the Golan Heights, but the violent dialogue in which they are engaged could still lead to just that.
In the Mideast, anonymous strikes help leaders save face
For years, Israel, Iran and sometimes with Damascus’ allies Beirut traded blows under the radar – all to avoid pushing the enemy off the plane of rational behavior and into the emotional one.
Lieberman slams Netanyahu for 'proportional' response to Hezbollah attack
Foreign minister criticizes Netanyahu's restraint, says lack of a harsh response harms Israeli deterrence.
Israeli officer killed in Hezbollah strike remembered as 'father' to his soldiers
Yochai Kalangel’s comrades risked their lives to protect his body from abduction, says his commander in eulogy; funeral of Staff Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini to take place Thursday afternoon.
IDF to probe illegal transfer of pricey West Bank land to settler body
Handover made against explicit order from head of army Central Command.
Israel's Deputy FM conveys condolences to Spain over death of UNIFIL soldier
Deputy FM Tzachi Hanegbi stresses Israel's excellent relationship with UNIFIL forces in Lebanon, particularly the Spanish force stationed there.
  Palestinian Center for Human Rights
New Death Sentence Issued; PCHR Calls for Immediate Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty as a Form of Punishment i...
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  International Solidarity Movement
ISM activist shot in the head with rubber-coated steel bullet
11/2/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Ramallah, Occupied Palestine - Today during a protest at Qalandia checkpoint, an Italian ISM volunteer was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The injury is just two centimetres above her left eye. Giulia, the ISMer, stated, "I was just standing...
Equatorial Guinea hoping for a lasting legacy
01/31/2015 - Residents of the Africa Cup of Nations hosts are hoping to get more out of the tournament that just stadiums.
Sisi vows to defend Egypt's Sinai in 'face of terror'
01/31/2015 - Egypt's president promises to defend region, two days after a string of attacks left dozens dead.
McIlroy takes four-shot lead in Dubai
01/31/2015 - World number one ends penultimate round with a six-under 66 and in pole position to win the Dubai Desert Classic.
Congolese troops prepare for offensive against rebels
01/31/2015 - DRC troops have sought UN helicopter gunships for their assault against FDLR rebels in the east.
Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship for 'harming' kingdom
01/31/2015 - Citizenship of 72 people, including well-known Sunni and Shia activists, revoked to "preserve security and stability".
German ex-president Weizsaecker dies at 94
01/31/2015 - Richard von Weizsaecker presided over East and West Germany's reunification in 1990.
Huge Madrid march in support of anti-austerity party
01/31/2015 - Tens of thousands take to the streets of Spanish capital in support of Podemos.
Yemen's Houthis attack protesters in Sanaa
01/31/2015 - Fighters break up anti-Houthi rally in capital, as 'Southern Movement' pulls out of talks to form a new government.
  Daily Star
Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: UN
31 Jan 2015 Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing...
Siniora slams Nasrallah’s ‘hasty’ remarks
31 Jan 2015 Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora condemned Saturday what he described as brash remarks made by Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah during his Friday speech.
Lebanese Army questions top terror suspect’s son, mother-in-law
31 Jan 2015 The Lebanese Army detained late-Friday the son and mother-in-law of notorious Islamist fugitive Shadi Mawlawi in an effort to determine the terror suspect's whereabouts, a security source said, before they were let go Saturday.
Video shows Israeli attack on Spanish peacekeepers in Lebanon
31 Jan 2015 Footage purportedly showing Israeli shelling of UNIFIL's Spanish contingent in southern Lebanon which killed one peacekeeper is being circulated online.
Lebanon grand mufti meets Kuwaiti minister over refugee aid
31 Jan 2015 Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian met Saturday with the Kuwaiti Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs over aid deliveries to Syrian refugees.
Egypt court lists Hamas' armed wing as terrorist organization
31 Jan 2015 An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization.
UNIFIL chief meets Berri over border violence
31 Jan 2015 UNIFIL chief Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano met Saturday with Speaker Nabih Berri over the latest wave of violence that erupted in Lebanon's occupied southeastern border.
EU announces $42 million for Syria refugees in Lebanon
31 Jan 2015 An EU delegation announced Saturday that it has pledged 37 million euros in emergency winter aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Western-backed rebels join Islamist-dominated Aleppo alliance: activists
31 Jan 2015 A Western-backed rebel group in northern Syria that is under pressure from Al-Qaeda's hardline Nusra Front has joined an alliance of mainly Islamist insurgent factions in Aleppo, an activist group said on Saturday.
Sinai attack prompts Arab unity: Lebanon PM
31 Jan 2015 Prime Minister Tammam Salam extended his condolences to Egypt's president Saturday over the deaths of dozens of Egyptian soldiers who were targeted with rockets and a car bomb in the North Sinai two days earlier, calling...
  YNet News
Prime Minister's Office: Purchases average one bottle of wine per day
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Bahrain revokes citizenship of Islamic State ideologue
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Sisi: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
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Source close to Hamas says no longer accepts Egypt as Israel mediator
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Hagel: Ground troops could be needed in Iraq
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This was no election-driven escalation
31 Jan 2015 - Op-ed: Legend may have it that security tension plays into the hands of the ruling government; history proves this is not the case, so it's unclear where rumors of Netanyahu's desire for an escalation started. ....
A chance for Israel's Arabs
30 Jan 2015 - Lieberman's bid to exclude the Arab parties from the political system has backfired, and now there is a real chance for them to become legitimate partners in government. ....
Hezbollah provocation is Lebanon's nightmare
30 Jan 2015 - Analysis: While Nasrallah continues to brag about Mount Dov attack, Lebanese leadership and public fear a new round of fighting with Israel will inflict huge economic damage; Iranians fear their involvement in conflict will negatively affect nuclear talks. ....
Israel should threaten Lebanon, not Hezbollah
30 Jan 2015 - Op-ed: Deterrence is only effective as long as the other side understands that a war will lead to the destruction of Lebanon and will not inflict damage only on the Shiite organization. ....
Tzohar advocates sexual education in religious community
30 Jan 2015 - Rabbinical organization hosts 150 women in one of first public forums on issues of intimacy within Religious Zionist community. 'Sessions like these are critical for preserving the holiness and sanctity of our families and children,' says religious institute director. ....
Man wielding pistol arrested at Dutch national broadcaster
29 Jan 2015 - Armed Dutchman intended to speak to country on most popular evening news broadcast, but was led to an empty studio by a quick-thinking security guard. ....
Deal with Iran at heart of Argentine prosecutor's death mystery
29 Jan 2015 - Sources say Argentina's shamed spy agency spent years helping prosecutors build case against Iran for Jewish center bombing, despite president's insinuation they may be behind Nisman's death. ....
'Sara Netanyahu pocketed bottle deposits cash'
29 Jan 2015 - Report in Haaretz claims PM Netanyahu wife's kept thousands of shekels from deposits on empty bottles; Netanyahus reportedly paid state back roughly $1,000, though deposits estimated at over $5,000. ....
Egypt leader warns of 'long battle'
BBC 31 Jan 2015 - Egypt faces a long and difficult battle with militants, the country's president says, in his first remarks since a deadly attack in the Sinai region.
Nabi Saleh march highlights Palestinian children, including 14-year-old girl in Israeli custody for a month
Mondoweiss 31 Jan 2015 - Violence / Raids / Clashes / Suppression of protests / Arrests Teen hurt as Israeli forces suppress West Bank demos RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 30 Jan – Israeli forces suppressed weekly protests near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring a child, a Ma‘an reporter said. In Nabi Saleh, a...
Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship
BBC 31 Jan 2015 - The government of Bahrain revokes the nationalities of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported.
Since when is the Southern Poverty Law Center a pro-Israel organization?
Mondoweiss 31 Jan 2015 - Here’s an item for the PEP file: Progressive Except Palestine, that malady of liberal politics in the United States. Today 60 members of the Republican National Committee are flying off to Israel and occupied Palestine at the behest of a rightwing Christian organization called the American...
Israel and the Jewish Brown Shirts
Tikun Olam 31 Jan 2015 - Maasia Aviti meeting with MK Dov Kheinin Dov Kheinin posted on his Facebook account about an encounter a Palestinian woman had with Israeli Border Police shortly after a series of stabbings occurred on a Tel Aviv public bus last week: Another sad story you haven’t heard...
Backlash Grows Against Bibi’s Congressional Speech
Tikun Olam 30 Jan 2015 - Dermer and Boehner: masterminds of Bibi’s Congressional speech debacle Reports over the past two days have confirmed a rising tide of anger against the ploy organized by Israel’s ambassador Ron Dermer and House Speaker John Boehner to arrange for an address by Bibi Netanyahu to Congress....
IS 'chemical weapons expert killed'
BBC 30 Jan 2015 - A chemical weapons expert working with Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in a coalition air strike, the US military says.
VIDEO: Egypt buries Sinai attacks dead
BBC 30 Jan 2015 - Some of the soldiers killed in Thursday's attacks on checkpoints and police and army bases in Egypt's Sinai peninsula have been laid to rest.
VIDEO: Awaiting return to war-torn Kobane
BBC 30 Jan 2015 - Days after Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants from Kobane in northern Syria, people who fled the town are now waiting to return.
The betting line on Netanyahu’s speech to Congress
Mondoweiss 30 Jan 2015 - In the spirit of the Super Bowl I have decided to release my betting line for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress. As you might know, you can bet on nearly everything during Sunday’s big game. I want to bring some of that action to...
‘Great American villain’ Henry Kissinger faces citizen’s arrest inside a Senate hearing room
Mondoweiss 30 Jan 2015 - In an action that has already  made headlines   around the world , Code Pink  stole the show yesterday with an attempted citizen’s arrest of Henry Kissinger for War Crimes committed during his tenure as Secretary of State from 1973-1977. As the 91 year old Kissinger took...
Netanyahu speech could allow Obama to ‘take on the Jewish lobby’ as he took on Cuba lobby — Indyk
Mondoweiss 30 Jan 2015 - Martin Indyk, the former peace negotiator for the State Department, says that the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress and rebut Obama’s policy on Iran threatens to drive a wedge between Obama and “the Jewish lobby,” turning the battle into “the President versus Israel...
The Hidden Normalization: The Muslim Leadership Initiative’s Zionist Trip
Al-Akhbar Blogs 30 Jan 2015 - Most of the discourse about the occupation of Palestine is conducted without Palestinians — instead, it is largely discussed via external parties, contrived negotiations, and elaborate but empty peacemaking efforts. Over time, approaches to exploring the Palestinian question have changed. Recently, they have grown more insidious...
The Resistance’s New Equation: Deterrence by Punishment
Al-Akhbar Opinion 31 Jan 2015 - Hezbollah supporters waving the Resistance and the Palestinian flags during a memorial ceremony to honor six Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria by an Israeli airstrike, Friday, January 30, 2015. Al-Akhbar/Marwan Tahtah Hezbollah supporters waving the Resistance and the Palestinian flags during a memorial ceremony to honor...
Egyptian Interior Minister Employee Killed in Sinai
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - An Egyptian interior ministry employee was killed in North Sinai, security officials said on Saturday, two days after jihadists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed 30 people in the peninsula. The 50-year-old, who worked for the road traffic department, was shot...
Egypt Lists Hamas as "Terrorist Organization"
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - Palestinian demonstrators hold Hamas flags and posters during a rally in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on January 30, 2015, against the United Nations decision to suspend subsidies to displaced Palestinians, whose houses were damaged or destroyed during a 50-day war with Israel last...
Six Killed, Nine Wounded in Latest Yemeni Clashes
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - Security forces are seen as a pro-revolutionary group march towards municipality building during a protest against Houthi rebels at the Taiz street in Ibb, Yemen on January 31, 2015. Anadolu/Adel al-Sharee. Three army personnel and three Houthis were killed and at least nine others — from...
World Bank: Oil Price Shocks Positive for Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - Iraqi oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during the opening of a forum to discuss emerging trends in hydrocarbon production and use in the region in Kuwait City on January 21, 2015. AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat Iraqi oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during the opening of a...
ISIS Targets Kurdish Forces in Iraq, Seizes Oil Station
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - Men walk past the front of a building damaged in an explosion the day before at a market in Baghdad on January 31, 2015. AFP/Sabah Arar Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on...
Army Find, Detonate Bomb in North Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2015 - Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) found and detonated a bomb next to the Majdlaya-Qoubba highway on Friday evening on the outskirts of the northern town of Tripoli, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported. LAF in a statement on Sunday said that the four-kilogram bomb was discovered...
Nasrallah: The Rules of Engagement with Israel Are Over
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Jan 2015 - A Hezbollah supporter with the words "time for retribution" written on her hand attends a memorial ceremony to honor six Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria by an Israeli airstrike, during which Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah made a televised speech. Al-Akhbar/Marwan Tahtah “Don’t try us,” Hezbollah Secretary-General...
South Yemen: De Facto Secession on the Ground
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Jan 2015 - Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement take part in a demonstration following the Friday prayers on January 23, 2015 in the southern city of Aden to demand renewed independence of the South. AFP Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement take part in a demonstration...
Palestinian Refugee Camps Celebrate Shebaa Retaliation
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Jan 2015 - A resident of Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp erects new Palestinian flags above the camp's entrance. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi A resident of Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp erects new Palestinian flags above the camp's entrance. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi The “beautiful era” is back, the era of qualitative resistance...
Ahmed al-Assir to be the New Islamic State Emir for Lebanon?
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Jan 2015 - Fugitive Salafi cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, preparing to give a speech in downtown Beirut on September 21, 2012. Fugitive Salafi cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, preparing to give a speech in downtown Beirut on September 21, 2012. Is Ahmed al-Assir an emir in the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS)?...
Syria: An Israeli Hand into the Southern Front?
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Jan 2015 - Syrian rebels have recently attempted to cut-off the Beirut-Damascus highway but have been repelled by the Syrian army. Al-Akhbar Syrian rebels have recently attempted to cut-off the Beirut-Damascus highway but have been repelled by the Syrian army. Al-Akhbar The latest battles on the southern front in...
From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present
The Forward Leonard Fein 31 Jan 2015 -
ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb
The Forward Leonard Fein 31 Jan 2015 -
Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him
The Forward Leonard Fein 31 Jan 2015 -
When We Stop To Really See Each Other
The Forward Leonard Fein 31 Jan 2015 -
Are Jews Now Safe and Free From Being Haunted?
The Forward Leonard Fein 31 Jan 2015 -
Richard von Weizsaecker, Who Challenged German Attitudes About the Holocaust, Dies
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2015 - Former president Richard von Weizsaecker, who challenged German attitudes about the Holocaust by arguing that the country had been liberated by the Nazi defeat in 1945, died on Saturday at the age of 94, the current president’s office said. Click here for the rest of the...
Egyptian Court Bans Armed With of Hamas
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2015 - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization. Click here for the rest of the article...
Layoffs at Cash-Crunched United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2015 - Conservative Judaism’s embattled congregational arm has laid off a handful of senior staffers amid its ongoing financial crisis, the Forward has learned. Click here for the rest of the article...
Anti-Defamation League Slams Lawmaker Who Asked For Pledge From Muslim Visitors
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2015 - The Anti-Defamation League condemned a Texas lawmaker who instructed her staff to greet Muslim visitors with an Israeli flag and a request to pledge allegiance to the United States. Click here for the rest of the article...
Hezbollah Leader: 'We Do Not Want War With Israel But We Are Not Afraid of It'
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2015 - The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks at any time and place. Click here for the rest of the article...
Facing Extradition, Israeli ‘Sex Rabbi’ Tells Dutch Daily He Survived Holocaust
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2015 - A rabbi born in pre-state Israel fighting extradition from Holland over alleged sex crimes told a Dutch daily that he is a Holocaust survivor. Click here for the rest of the article...
Ron Dermer Is Benjamin Netanyahu's Man in Washington — for Better and Worse
The Forward New 30 Jan 2015 - When Ron Dermer became Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., he vowed to leave his Republican leanings at the door. Don’t ask the White House what it thinks of that claim now. Click here for the rest of the article...
The Shalom Hartman Institute, the Muslim Leadership Initiative, and “Faith Washing”
The Magnes Zionist 30 Jan 2015 - The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem runs a program called the Muslim Leadership Initiative. Here is a description of the program from the Hartman Institute website: The program invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood. The program also encourages...
9/09/2011 AIPAC Junkets to Israel Illegal: IRS-DOJ Complaint Filing
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - A complaint filed with the IRS and Justice Department charges the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is a "sham" charitable organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
5/16/2011 Obama vs. Reagan on AIPAC Documents reveal Ronald Reagan's response to Israel lobby invitation
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - President Obama accepts an invitation to speak at AIPAC, Reagan declined. Why?
4/18/2011 US Treasury Dept.: Tax-exempt US donation laundering into West Bank settlements "okay"
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - The US Department of Treasury has no program to combat massive flows of US tax-exempt charitable contributions into illegal settlement building. Despite ongoing public revelations of wrongdoing, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has never investigated or even discussed US charitable organizations with proven ties...
4/06/2011 US-Israel Trade: Espionage, Theft and Secrets - IRmep at University of Rochester
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - On April 6, Grant F. Smith presented a comprehensive review of the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement to the Finance and Economics Council at the University of Rochester. Using a slide show of declassified documents and charts, Smith revealed how secret agreements and a joint Israeli embassy/AIPAC...
3/28/2011 Neoconomics: Conscription and War as Wealth
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - Start-up Nation airbrushes one vital and enduring truth — when Israel faces sovereign barriers to foreign trade routes, weapons, or technology; it tends to break other country’s laws and steal what it thinks it needs.
3/07/2011 Israel lobbyist funds US Presidents, Israeli Nukes, AIPAC disinformation
IRMEP 31 Jan 2015 - According to new histories of Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program including "Israel and the Bomb" by Avner Cohen (1998), Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion secretly named Feinberg his chief nuclear weapons fundraising coordinator in 1958. According to Michael Karpin's "The Bomb in the Basement" (2007) Feinberg...
More than 50 Faith-Based Organizations Join Call for Arms Embargo
US Campaign to End the Occupation 30 Jan 2015 - With leadership from the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), members of the Interdenominational Network, Interfaith Boycott Coalition, and others join the Palestinian-led call for an arms embargo on Israel at the height of its Summer 2015 assault on Gaza.
  Ma'an News
NGO: Israel to build 430 new West Bank settler homes
1/30/2015 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Israeli government on Friday published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the head of an NGO that monitors settlement activity told AFP."It's the opening of the settlement floodgates," said Daniel...
Teen hurt as Israeli forces suppress West Bank demos
1/30/2015 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces suppressed weekly protests near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring a child, a Ma'an reporter said. In Nabi Saleh, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was injured in the thigh with a...
IMF: Gaza war pushed Palestinian economy into recession
1/30/2015 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The war between Israel and Gaza drove the Palestinian economy of Gaza and the West Bank into its first contraction since 2006, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. While the West Bank managed a 4. 5 percent expansion last year...
200 Gazans head to Aqsa for Friday prayers
1/30/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two hundred Palestinians from the Gaza Strip headed to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, Palestinian officials from the liaison office said. The worshipers, who are all over 60, will return to Gaza by 4 p...
Israeli forces raid Ramallah-area village, detain Palestinian
1/30/2015 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces early Friday raided a village near Ramallah and detained a young Palestinian man, family members told Ma'an. Local resident Rashid Omar said that Israeli troops entered the village of Qarawat Bani Zaid northwest of...
Homeless Palestinians protest UNRWA aid cuts in Gaza
1/30/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians displaced by Israel's military offensive during the summer on Friday demonstrated outside UNRWA's Gaza office to protest cuts made by the agency due to a shortfall in donor funding. During a sit-in...
Abbas addresses African leaders at Ethiopia summit
1/30/2015 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday addressed the heads of state of more than 40 African nations assembled at the 24th annual summit of the African Union. During his remarks, which came on the first day of the conference...
Gaza imposes security measures along border amid Sinai clashes
1/30/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza security forces on Thursday evening imposed strict security along the border with Egypt following a series of attacks that left scores of Egyptian soldiers dead in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula. Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of...
Abbas to visit Stockholm after Israel shuns Swedish FM
1/30/2015 - STOCKHOLM (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Stockholm next month after Sweden became the first major state of the European Union to recognize Palestine, the Swedish government announced Friday."The visit of president Abbas, by invitation from the prime minister, is confirmed...
Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel
1/30/2015 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon's borders. Its response to any future Israeli attack will...
Israeli filmmaker explores life through the eyes of Palestinian teen
1/30/2015 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The short documentary "Khelil Helwa (Hebron is Beautiful)" follows a young boy from Hebron's Tel Rumeida neighborhood as he goes about his daily life, uncovering the matrix of Israeli military control that defines every aspect of...
26 killed as attacks rock Egypt's Sinai
1/30/2015 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt's North Sinai province, where security forces are battling a raging Islamist insurgency. The deadly assaults were...
Egypt officials: Sinai clashes kill 2 children, including baby
1/30/2015 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Two children were killed in clashes between the army and militants in Egypt's Sinai on Friday a day after at least 30 people died in violence there, security officials said. Health officials said a six-month-old baby was hit...
Saudi postpones flogging of blogger for third week
1/30/2015 - DUBAI (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia postponed Friday for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his wife said. Raef Badawi "was not flogged" on Friday, Ensaf Haidar told AFP, adding that the...
Kobane residents flow into Turkey's largest refugee camp
1/30/2015 - SURUC, Turkey (AFP) -- With their town liberated but largely destroyed by battles that drove Islamic State militants out, thousands of Syrian residents of Kobane are settling into Turkey's newest refugee camp for an indefinite stay. Opened on Sunday just several...
  The Guardian
The 20 photographs of the week
31 Jan 2015 - The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne and celebration and heartache in Ukraine - the best photography...
Mahmoud Abbas rival given Serbian citizenship, documents reveal
30 Jan 2015 - Observers say Mohammed Dahlan could be planning to use country as base to launch leadership challenge against Palestinian Authority leader Serbia’s government has quietly...
  Ha'aretz National News
Path now open for police to question Sara Netanyahu on bottles affair
Ha'aretz - 31 Jan 2015
David Landau: A man without labels
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Netanyahu lashes out at media over wife's bottle recycling scandal
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Watchdog holding back report on excessive expenditures at Netanyahu residences
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Tel Aviv backtracks, will not open bilingual school in Jaffa
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
In Israel, invasion of privacy gets little attention
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
David Landau possessed a rare combination of qualities
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
  Palestinian Information Center
New Israeli plan to build 430 housing units in W. Bank
30 Jan 2015 - The Israeli occupation authority declared its intention to build 430 new housing units in the West Bank, Israeli sources said.
Large-scale transfer of Palestinian prisoners to other jails
30 Jan 2015 - Wide prison transfers were carried out over the past few days against several Palestinian prisoners in Ofer, Eshel, Ramon, Megiddo, and Nafha jails.
Gaza: Security measures on border with Egypt
30 Jan 2015 - The Palestinian security apparatuses imposed a series of tight security measures along the Gaza-Egypt borders following Thursday’s deadly Sinai attack on Egyptian army officers.
Hamas slams assault on UN office in Gaza
30 Jan 2015 - The Hamas Movement condemned Thursday the assault on a UNESCO's office in Gaza as “unacceptable”.
Calls to step up Muslims’ presence at Aqsa Mosque
30 Jan 2015 - The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage Thursday called on the Muslim masses to intensify their presence in the holy Aqsa Mosque.
Tulkarem court acquits four Hamas members after five years
30 Jan 2015 - The Palestinian Authority court in Tulkarem afternoon Thursday cleared four Hamas-affiliated young men of charges about their intention to form an armed militia, after five years of court hearings.
Rights group: Israel’s detention of children “crime against humanity”
30 Jan 2015 - The Arab Group for Development and National Empowerment has strongly denounced Israel’s detention of 14-year-old Palestinian child Malak al-Khatib, sentenced to two months in jail.
Settlers try to kidnap Jerusalemite child
30 Jan 2015 - A group of Israeli settlers tried Thursday evening to kidnap the son of Ghassen Abu Jamel, a Palestinian martyr, in east Jerusalem.
Lieberman: Israel's last war on Gaza was not deterrence
30 Jan 2015 - Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday criticized premier Benjamin Netanyahu over citing the last military offensive on Gaza as an example of Israel’s power of deterrence.
IOF violently attacks citizens in Beit Ummar
29 Jan 2015 - A number of Palestinians on Thursday evening suffered from inhaling tear gas heavily fired by Israeli soldiers during violent clashes in Beit Ummar town, northwest of al-Khalil city.
Two Gazans arrested for crossing border fence
29 Jan 2015 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Thursday two Palestinian youths for allegedly crossing the border fence to the east of Gaza Strip.
Bahar hails European calls to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement
29 Jan 2015 - Dr. Ahmad Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, has welcomed calls by 63 influential Members of the European Parliament who called on the European Union to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
MP Qafishe threatens to wage hunger strike
29 Jan 2015 - Hatem Qafishe, Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, threatened on Thursday to wage an open hunger strike to protest administrative detention in Israeli prisons.
Hayya: We prepare the generation of victory and freedom
29 Jan 2015 - Hamas political bureau member Khalil al-Hayya said on Thursday Hamas youth camps emphasizes the principle that Palestinian resistance protects its people from conspiracies.
99 Palestinian minors are held captive in Ofer jail
29 Jan 2015 - The Palestinian Prisoner Society said the Israeli Occupation Authority holds 99 Palestinian minors as prisoners in Ofer military jail. 13 of them were sentenced up to 14-28 months.
IOF kidnaps seven Palestinians from homes
29 Jan 2015 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday kidnapped seven Palestinians from their homes during violent raids in different West Bank areas.
Settler deliberately rams into Palestinian vehicle
29 Jan 2015 - A Jewish settler rammed into a vehicle carrying Palestinian teachers and sped away in Yatta town to the south of al-Khalil on Thursday. Many of the teachers got injured.
Families of facebook activists: Israel discriminates against our sons
29 Jan 2015 - The families of Palestinian detainees indicted over Facebook posts on Wednesday urged the Red Cross to intervene to follow up the cases of their sons and work on having them released.
Telecom ministry seeks access to new phone technology from Israel
29 Jan 2015 - The Palestinian ministry of telecommunication said it had launched an international campaign to pressure Israel to allow Palestinian cellphone companies to have access to the third and fourth generations of the cellular technology.
Tutorials to indoctrinate Jewish women on alleged temple
29 Jan 2015 - A consortium of Israel’s alleged temple mount organizations announced the launch of a new instructive course to edify Jewish women on the history of the alleged temple.
ICC and Palestine - a long way to go
JERUSALEM 19 January 2015 (IRIN) - The International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes committed during last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off.
  New York Times
News Analysis: A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years
30 Jan 2015 - The diplomatic break touched off by Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling President Obama reflects their fundamentally different world views.
World Briefing: Belgium: 4 Suspects Detained in Antiterrorism Sweep
30 Jan 2015 - Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an antiterrorism sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria, officials said Friday.
Islamic Militants Surprise Kurds in Iraq, Killing a Commander in a Day of Attacks
30 Jan 2015 - The assault was repelled but it underscored the ability of the Islamic State to strike at Iraq’s cities, despite the American-backed campaign to dislodge the group.
Israel Takes New Step to Expand West Bank Housing
30 Jan 2015 - The government published bids for the construction of 450 units, a move that angered the Palestinians and came amid growing tensions with the Obama administration.
Netanyahu Is Talking to Leading Democrats to Little Effect So Far
30 Jan 2015 - The Israeli prime minister has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats, including Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.
Hezbollah Kills 2 Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanon
30 Jan 2015 - The missile strike was the latest in a string of events along Israel’s northern frontiers that have raised the risk of a broader confrontation.
White House Memo: What to Wear? First Ladies Are Steeped in Protocol
29 Jan 2015 - Photographs of Michelle Obama without a head scarf led to headlines and Internet chatter about whether she had broken with tradition.
Saudi King Hands Out Pink Slips and Bonuses
29 Jan 2015 - Despite concern that a steep decline in oil prices would restrict the country’s finances, King Salman also decreed a cash bonus worth two months' salary to government employees, students and pensioners.
Government Allies Are Said to Have Slaughtered Dozens of Sunnis in Iraq
29 Jan 2015 - Dozens of people from a mostly Sunni village in eastern Iraq were methodically singled out for slaughter this week, witnesses and local Sunni leaders say.
Bomb Attacks at Security Sites in Sinai Kill at Least 26
29 Jan 2015 - The bombings suggest that Egypt’s campaign of home demolitions, nighttime curfews and geographic isolation has failed to head off the budding insurgency there.
Zarit Journal: Hunt for Hezbollah Tunnels Goes on, Even as Border Tensions Fade
29 Jan 2015 - One day after Hezbollah killed two Israeli soldiers, the Israeli Army searched for tunnels beneath a town near the border with Lebanon.
Jordan Lets Islamic State’s Deadline for a Prisoner Exchange Pass
29 Jan 2015 - Jordan, which is willing to release an imprisoned militant, apparently has not received proof that its captured air force pilot, being held with a Japanese journalist, is still alive.
Houthis Reach Out as They Cement Power in Yemen
29 Jan 2015 - The Houthis see themselves now as having evolved from rebels into a broad-based voice against government oppression, corruption and incompetence.
David Landau, Mideast Journalist and Biographer of Sharon, Dies at 67
29 Jan 2015 - Mr. Landau was affiliated with The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and The Economist, and wrote a recent biography of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
  Jerusalem Post
IDF shoots dead Palestinian who threw firebombs, army says
31 Jan 2015 -
Agriculture Ministry publishes Tu B’Shvat seder booklet
31 Jan 2015 - Tu B'Shvat booklet available on the Agriculture Ministry's website, free of charge, the ministry said.
German judge convicts man for shouting ‘Death to Zionists’ at march
31 Jan 2015 - Landmark case equates lethal anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.
Hamas no longer accepts Egypt as Israel mediator, source close to group says
31 Jan 2015 -
Meretz leader calls for investigation into Netanyahus for pocketing state funds
31 Jan 2015 -
US: 27 air strikes carried out against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria
31 Jan 2015 -
UNRWA: Palestinian refugees in Syria again cut off from emergency aid
31 Jan 2015 -
'Israel knew about the Gaza tunnel threat but did nothing about it'
31 Jan 2015 - Former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant, the number two candidate on Koolanu list, slams gov't handling of last summer's war with Hamas.
Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization
31 Jan 2015 -
Syria monitor: Western-backed rebels join Aleppo alliance
31 Jan 2015 -
Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open title
31 Jan 2015 -
The West Bank checkpoints: The last lines of defense
31 Jan 2015 - The ‘Post’ tours the West Bank checkpoints that are meant to keep terrorists out, while causing a minimum of disruption to the fabric of life of Palestinians.
Islamic State seizes oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers missing
31 Jan 2015 -
Report: Egyptian warplanes bomb Islamist terror bases in Sinai after deadly attacks
31 Jan 2015 - Army decides to deploy special forces to the northern Sinai following attacks that killed dozens.
New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million
31 Jan 2015 -
Report: Joint Mossad-CIA operation killed key Hezbollah leader Mughniyeh in 2008
31 Jan 2015 - Washington Post report says senior Iranian general could also have been killed in joint operation but, the operatives did not have "legal authority to kill him."
AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control
31 Jan 2015 -
At root of Argentina spy intrigue - a deal with Iran
30 Jan 2015 - The Intelligence Secretariat, or SI, and its 3,000 or so employees report, in theory, to the president. But in practice, it has long operated in a murky world of its own, critics say.
More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in US
30 Jan 2015 -
Chad army retakes Nigerian town from Boko Haram
30 Jan 2015 -
US ground troops could be needed in Iraq
30 Jan 2015 -
His first great misstep: The humbling of Naftali Bennett
30 Jan 2015 - The derailed recruitment of a soccer legend to Bayit Yehudi’s Knesset list exposes its charismatic leader to challenges for which he is unprepared.
Family of Jordan pilot held by Islamic State hopeful he is alive
30 Jan 2015 -
After surviving a stoning, ISIS lets 'adulteress' live
30 Jan 2015 - 'Her sentence is done, let her go and repent to her God,' said the ISIS Sharia judge.
Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq
30 Jan 2015 -
Two Israeli citizens banned from Chile’s Torres del Paine over fire
30 Jan 2015 -
US, UK condemn latest Israeli plan for settler housing as 'illegal, illegitimate'
30 Jan 2015 - The tenders envisage construction in a number of locations, including near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, and several enclaves in the highly sensitive Jerusalem area.
UK condemns Israeli government plan for more housing tenders in West Bank
30 Jan 2015 -
Israeli claims of major Obama concessions to Iran 'complete nonsense,' US says
30 Jan 2015 - According to Channel 10, anonymous Israeli officials claimed the president "has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want" out of the negotiations.
US official: Israeli claim that Obama agreed to most of Iran's nuclear demands 'complete nonsense'
30 Jan 2015 -
Israel's tenders for settlement houses concerns White House, spokesman says
30 Jan 2015 -
Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10
30 Jan 2015 -
Obama would veto bill for congressional approval of Iran nuclear deal, White House spokesman says
30 Jan 2015 -
New Greek nationalist defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets
30 Jan 2015 -
Nasrallah confirms Hezbollah, Iran bolstering presence along Golan border
30 Jan 2015 - The Shi'ite group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, gave a televised address in Lebanon in which he extolled the "fusion of Lebanese-Iranian blood on Syrian territory."
Rivlin pays condolences to families of IDF soldiers killed in Hezbollah attack
30 Jan 2015 - Presidents visits families of Staff-Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini and Maj. Yochai Kalangel.
Liberman: Israel's policy toward Hezbollah spurring terror from Lebanon, Syria
30 Jan 2015 - Hezbollah working to turn reality in north to that which prevails in south Lebanon, Liberman says.
Erekat: Recognizing 'Palestine' as a state is best response to 450 new settlement homes
30 Jan 2015 - PLO chief negotiator calls on international community to ban settlement products.
As dust settles on northern front, Ya'alon urges Israelis to visit Golan and Hermon
30 Jan 2015 - Following death of Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper, Ya'alon tells Spain's defense minister Israel is investigating incident, will cooperate with UNIFIL and Spanish officers.
Netanyahu: Issues over US speech solvable, a nuclear Iran much more difficult to solve
30 Jan 2015 - PM makes remarks while visiting IDF soldier wounded in Wednesday's attack by Iran proxy Hezbollah.
Top Senate Democrat: Netanyahu speech causing backlash on new Iran sanctions
30 Jan 2015 - Reid says Netanyahu has assured him congressional address will be as nonpartisan as possible.
Israel publishes tenders for 450 new homes in West Bank settlement
30 Jan 2015 - New tenders are for projects in the following West Bank settlements: 156 in Elkana, 114 homes in Geva Binyamin (Adam), 102 in Kiryat Araba and 78 in Alfei Menashe.
IDF remains on alert as tense calm takes hold of northern borders
30 Jan 2015 - Senior IDF officials don't believe long-term exchange of blows will come to an end, irrespective of short-term lulls in violence.
Senators pledge not to support Palestinian aid until US reviews ICC bid
30 Jan 2015 - 75 senators send letter to Secretary Kerry.
Hostilities in North give Likud boost in latest 'Jerusalem Post' poll
29 Jan 2015 - Last week, the Zionist Union was ahead of the Likud by two seats, and two weeks ago the lead was three.
26 parties submit final lists for election
29 Jan 2015 - Political parties made last-minute tweaks to their lists Thursday.
Islamic State's Egypt wing claims credit for terror attacks that killed 27
29 Jan 2015 - Egypt's government faces an Islamist insurgency based in Sinai and growing discontent with what critics perceive as heavy handed security tactics.
PM at Sharon memorial: Arik understood the Iranian regime
29 Jan 2015 - Peres criticizes Netanyahu for agreeing to address Congress.
BBC to investigate presenter’s Israel questions at Paris protest march
29 Jan 2015 - MP apologizes for comparing reported nuclear submarine plans to Auschwitz.
Lithuanian Jews, Zuroff spar over Holocaust research center
29 Jan 2015 - Zuroff has been a harsh critic of the Baltic states’ approach to the Holocaust, accusing countries such as Lithuania of rewriting the narrative to create equivalence between Soviet and Nazi crimes.
The science behind online charitable giving
29 Jan 2015 - Counterintuitive limits increase donations, says give2gether CEO Arnon Shafir.
Kiryat Shmona held by Sakhnin, remains in 2nd place
29 Jan 2015 - Beersheba has won just one of its past four matches and dropped eight points behind first-place Maccabi Tel Aviv after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Maccabi Haifa.
Basketball: Impressive Maccabi Tel Aviv overcomes Real Madrid
29 Jan 2015 - Maccabi moved tied with Real atop Top 16 Group E at 4-1.
Athletes from across the globe flock to Eilat for Israman
29 Jan 2015 - Petr Vabrousek of the Czech Republic guaranteed on Wednesday he would win Israman Negev Eilat for a third straight year this Friday.
Fallen soldier’s mother: 'I always feared the knock on the door'
29 Jan 2015 - Hezbollah victims Major Yochai Kalangel, 25, and St.-Sgt. Dor Haim Nini, 20 were buried on Thursday.
Iran vote delayed to avoid influencing Israel's election, senator says
29 Jan 2015 - The Republican author of new sanctions legislation on Iran is criticizing his Democratic colleagues for delaying a full floor vote on his bill.
Wolf Prizes in the sciences and arts presented to nine North Americans
29 Jan 2015 - Nine outstanding North Americans in the sciences and the arts were on Thursday night awarded five Wolf Prizes.
Danino: The day we see a female chief of police is not far off
29 Jan 2015 - Police chief's comments come in the wake of a series of scandals involving senior police commanders accused of sexual misconduct.

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