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Two Israeli Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Missile Strike: IDF

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Additional seven soldiers injured; Israel tells UN it will defend itself against Hezbollah

i24news—Two Israeli soldiers were killed and an additional seven wounded Wednesday when an anti-tank missile fired from Lebanon hit one or two vehicles in a convoy in which they were traveling, the Israel Defense Forces...

First-ever Antisemitism Session at UN General Assembly: The More It Changes, the More It Stays the Same

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New York—Last week, for the first time in 70 years, the United Nations—the forum which equated Zionism with racism and passed more than 500 resolutions sanctioning Israel—convened an informal session in the General Assembly chamber on the rise of antisemitic violence around the globe.

Of the 193 member states of the UN, half did not attend. Representatives from 50 countries were slated to speak for three minutes each during the plenary. Most of the speakers in the hall distanced themselves from the Middle-East conflict and spoke in terms of their countries efforts in Holocaust education and anti-hate legislation and the horrendous terrorist attacks in France.

Keynoter Bernard...

YU’s Annual Seforim Sale Gearing Up for Feb. 1

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New York—North America’s largest Jewish book sale, the YU Seforim Sale will run from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2015, in Belfer Hall in Washington Heights. The sale is operated entirely by YU students—from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing and all the technology the project entails. Proceeds from the sale support various initiatives, including student activities on campus and undergraduate scholarships.

Those who cannot attend the sale can take advantage of the great prices and vast catalog selection by ordering online on the Seforim Sale’s website. For a complete listing of dates and times, to purchase gift certificates or to view the online catalog, visit...

Israel’s Natural Gas Bonanza Could Have a Big Effect on the Middle East

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There’s a well-known joke in Israel: Isn’t it ironic that Moses walked through the Middle East for 40 years and found the only land without oil?

Fortunately for the Israelis, that joke has been overtaken by events. Since some of the largest natural gas fields in the world were discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, Israel has been sitting on a wealth of, well, wealth.

A consortium of U.S. and Israeli companies stand at the forefront of developing this resource, investing billions of dollars to bring the natural gas to market. This is an example of U.S.-Israel private collaboration at its finest, and we are just beginning to enjoy the dividends this partnership is...

Speaker Sheldon Silver Steps Down: Investigations Expected to Run Deep, But No One Seems Shocked

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Albany—It is undeniable that in his almost 40 years as a member of the State Assembly Sheldon Silver has helped millions of people through his support of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the United Jewish Appeal, the crafting and passing of the so-called “Agunah Law” and support of the DREAM act for a Tuition Assistance Program—to name just a few good deeds he managed to make happen.

The  35-page criminal complaint against the now former all-powerful Speaker of the New York State Assembly lists five counts which include “using the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate...

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