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Palestinians to submit data on settlement expansion to ICC this month

Monday June 1, 2015
Cartographer says maps and aerial photos of Israeli activity in West Bank and East Jerusalem will be sent to The Hague to bolster legal case

Jewish guys with Nazi guns

Monday June 1, 2015
He never felt more alive than when facing death in Israel’s War of Independence

In slog for White House, Graham hacks path through Mideast

Monday June 1, 2015
South Carolina senator, set to launch bid, has gone further than most other GOP candidates in criticizing Obama’s policy, forwarding alternatives

2,000 couples marry in Turkish-funded mass Gaza wedding

Monday June 1, 2015
Ceremony takes place on fifth anniversary of Mavi Marmara affair; onlookers wave Turkish flags, pictures of Erdogan

Reports of Assad’s fall have been greatly exaggerated — for now

Monday June 1, 2015
Despite Islamic State’s seemingly unchecked advance across vast areas of Syria, the group has yet to make any critical gains; but it still remains to be seen whether the Syrian leader can hang on

Earthquake hits near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

Monday June 1, 2015
No injuries or damage reported after magnitude 4.4 tremor; plant designed to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 8

Selective integration in the IDF

Monday June 1, 2015
The army is disbanding a remarkable Druze-only unit, while keeping Haredi soldiers together

White House says bike crash won’t hobble globe-trotting Kerry

Monday June 1, 2015
Some wonder whether broken leg on top diplomat will hamper nuclear talks and other diplomatic endeavors, but spokesperson says efforts won’t stop

Founder of Jewish breast cancer organization dies at 42

Monday June 1, 2015
While undergoing chemo, Rochelle Shoretz founded Sharsheret in 2001 to provide health information and support services for Jewish women

Music used as resistance to the Nazis captures new audiences

Monday June 1, 2015
A sold-out US tour of ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin’ indicates a growing interest in recovering — and reinterpreting — the productions staged by Holocaust victims as prisoners

Iraqis in IS-controlled Mosul brace for ‘beard patrols’

Monday June 1, 2015
Residents in city fear being jailed over failure to comply with hadith requiring facial hair growth

FIFA suspect uses fake news in defense

Monday June 1, 2015
Jack Warner, who previously blamed ‘Zionism’ for a bribery scandal which forced him out of world soccer, treats satirical Onion news piece as fact

Nigeria outlaws female genital mutilation

Sunday May 31, 2015
Activists say federal law signed by former president welcome, but legislation not enough to combat practice, Reuters reports

NSA surveillance powers lapse after Senate fails to reach deal

Sunday May 31, 2015
Patriot Act provisions, including mass collection of phone records, expire for several days as Rand Paul blocks agreement to extend controversial measures

Some 11,000 Madoff victims could receive payments on claims

Sunday May 31, 2015
Madoff Victim Fund director to recommend approval to pay back losses totaling some $1.3 billion

Cop fired for beating Ethiopian-Israeli soldier says he acted properly

Sunday May 31, 2015
Officer whose actions sparked protests claims he was aware of camera and would have done the same with or without it

Burial set for elderly Jewish couple who died in Houston flooding

Sunday May 31, 2015
Shirley and Jack Alte died when their rescue boat capsized in rushing floodwaters; funerals set for Sunday at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Cemetery

Nation-wide drill to include large-scale evacuation of civilians

Sunday May 31, 2015
In first, Home Front Command to practice clearing Israelis from front lines, housing them elsewhere; sirens to sound twice on Tuesday

Israel advances bill increasing stone-throwers’ sentence

Sunday May 31, 2015
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked revives law to up maximum penalty to 10 years, ease burden for prosecution to prove intent

Tens of thousands attend NYC Israel solidarity parade

Sunday May 31, 2015
51st annual Celebrate Israel event attracts over 30,000; anti-Israel protesters turned away by police

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