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December 29, 2009

Dec. 29: Adelson’s Political Fight, U.S. Aliyah Jumps, Rabbi’s Christmas

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Featured Stories Fight against Adelson’s Israeli paper gets political Copies of the free Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom being distributed in Jerusalem. (Hovev Shira / Creative Commons) Should a billionaire tycoon who lives abroad be entitled to use his money to influence Israeli political life? Read more » U.S. aliyah highest in 36 years Aliyah to Israel from the United States rose by 19 percent in 2009 over the previous year. Read more » The rabbi’s Christmas When a neighbor can’t host his usual Christmas celebration, a rabbi steps in to save the day. Read more » Editors’ Picks Koch on Carter apology: Too little, but not too late (World Tribune) Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch responds to President Jimmy Carter’s apology to the Jewish community. Decade in review (Forward) A collection of Jewish luminaries weigh in on the past 10 years. Jean Claude Van Damme + Zionism (Haaretz) Meet Eldad Levi, Israel’s most promising kickboxer. Is 11 enough? (Jerusalem Post) An Israeli man just logged his 11th divorce — a national record. ©2008 JTA, Inc. Reproduction of material without written permission is strictly prohibited. To unsubscribe, click here.

Breaking News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A Jewish cemetery near San Francisco was vandalized. Palestinians can use a high-traffic road in the West Bank connecting Jerusalem with Modiin, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled. The mayor of the Israeli city of Bat Yam was arrested on suspicion of fraud amounting to millions of dollars. Egypt is preventing some 1,300 protesters from around the world from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing. A Palestinian who allegedly tried to steal the weapon of a West Bank settlement’s security officer was shot and wounded. Israeli police arrested nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for meeting with foreigners in violation of his parole. Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport held a large-scale emergency exercise.

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