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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
MidEast Week
PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Terrorists Attack a Jerusalem Synagogue
200-Year-Old Palestinian Bakery in Jerusalem
Clergy Say Religion Supports Ecology
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University of the People Opens Doors to African Refugees
Israel Under Pressure on Its Chemical Weapons
Israel Concerned About Syria Spillover
Children in Gaza Exhibit Trauma Symptoms
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New Ways to Detect Brain Damage
by Samantha Badgen on Thursday, November 27, 2014

Israeli – Developed MRI Can Spot Damage Earlier Football has come under increased scrutiny following findings that the contact sport has been causing serious brain trauma in players. Now, a team of researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev's (BGU) Brain Imaging Research Center has developed a method that can detect damage to the brain much earlier than previously thought.  "This is an important study, it gives us the opportunity for the first time to be able.....

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Israeli Officials: Revoke Residency of Palestinian Attackers
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Some Warn Move Could Backfire [Jerusalem] -- Israel’s Interior Minister Gilad Erdan this week revoked the permanent resident status of Mahmoud Nadi, a Palestinian who drove a suicide bomber to the 2001 terrorist attack at the Dolphinarium nightclub in Tel Aviv. The attack left 21 teenagers dead and more than 130 wounded. Nadi, who dropped the suicide bomber off at a mosque across the street from the nightclub, served ten years in jail. Erdan’s decision means Nadi is no.....

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Amid Growing Violence, Some in Arab World Call for Tolerance
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, November 24, 2014

Say Radical Groups Like Islamic State Distort Islam Palestinian diplomat and author Ahmed Metani is concerned about growing violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as in the broader Arab world. He has written a novel that he hopes will encourage Palestinians to accept a “culture of tolerance.” “Over the past three or four years, you can’t turn on the television, without hearing about killing and seeing blood (in the region). People are shouting Allah Akbar,.....

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Exchanging Charges of Incitement, Israelis and Palestinians Stand Firm
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Palestinians: “We warned Israeli ‘unlawful acts’ would generate violence [West Bank] – In the wake of the most recent spate of violence that is reverberating through Israel and the Palestinian territories, newspapers, television and street corner debates are all focusing on the issue of incitement -- albeit perhaps more in an effort to assign blame for the increasing loss of life and soaring anxiety than to address ways of reducing tension. Each side reacting to the other’s ire.....

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More Israelis Applying for Gun Permits
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem Makes Israelis Feel Unsafe Yoram Issachar, who owns a contracting company in Jerusalem with his father and two brothers, has carried a Baretta 765 for the past 25 years. He works in Jewish communities on land Israel acquired in the West Bank, employing 15 – 30 Palestinian laborers, and carries the gun for his protection. Now, after the attack in Jerusalem that killed four worshippers and a police officer, he plans to upgrade to.....

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Vigilance Needed vs. "Lone-wolf"¯ State-Sponsored Terrorism
by Felice Friedson and Samantha Badgen on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Heightened vigilance to extend to ‘quieter’ neighborhoods   [Jerusalem] -- At least five confirmed terror attacks have ravaged Jerusalem’s streets during the past month, spreading fear and havoc among Jerusalemites and encouraging debates about whether or not the violence augurs the start of a third “Intifada,” or uprising.   “Just after seven o’clock in the morning inside a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood, two terrorists from east Jerusalem attacked a large number of Jewish worshippers that were praying in peace.....

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Palestinian Analyst: “Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood One in the Same”
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, November 17, 2014

Palestinians believe Israel’s Netanyahu is seeking an Arab ally in Jordan   [Ramallah] – Despite the formation of a national consensus government, Hamas has not only failed to reconcile with Fatah, but the Islamist group is also beset by an internal rift between a majority who follow the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and those who seek independence from the group.    “The Palestinian cause is being held hostage by Hamas. Hamas is a catastrophe for us,” Palestinian analyst Abdelmajeed Sweilem.....

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Israel's Cyber Gym Leads in Protection from Cyber Attacks
by Samantha Badgen on Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mass numbers of attacks on Israel Electric Company spawned security solution    Striving to meet the increasingly daunting challenge of protecting the Israel Electric Company's (IEC) national infrastructures from cyber attacks and intrusions numbering in the thousands has spawned the creation of CyberGym, a joint venture between IEC and CyberControl that is already benefiting corporations of all descriptions that rely on electricity and computers.    The proactive CyberGym was established in order to be able to handle the growing number of.....

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New Company Aims to Revolutionize Shipping Industry
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, November 13, 2014

First to offer instantant price quotes; expected to lower costs of goods If you want to fly from New York to Singapore you are able to go online and within seconds access a series of price quotes from myriad travel sites. But when it comes to freight, the situation is much more complicated. Rather than appearing instantly, price quotes can take hours, and often even days. Sometimes the freight companies never reply with a price quote. “Although this industry.....

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Hizbullah and Iran Gaining Strength in Latin America
by Samantha Badgen on Monday, November 10, 2014

Recent arrest highlights growing terrorist threat in the region Mohammad Hamdar, a Lebanese citizen, met his Peruvian wife online and married her within two weeks of his arrival in Lima a year ago. The pair seemed to have strange habits --- neither of them worked, Hamdar spent a lot of time at the gym, claiming to be a body builder, and they apparently lived on money they received abroad. Last month, Peruvian authorities arrested Hamdar after they found explosive.....

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