'1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Schalit'

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH AND REUTERS— Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal hailed a deal with Israel to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit a “national achievement” for Palestinians. Meshaal said in a televised statement that 450 prisoners would be released within a week, with the rest being freed in two…

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The forgotten Christians of the East

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt’s state television headquarters in Cairo. The 1,000 Christians represented the ancient Christian community of some 8 million whose presence in Egypt predates the establishment of Islam by several centuries. They gathered in Cairo to protest…

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Occupy Wall Street activist blames 'the Jews'

BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— It was only a matter of time before activists involved in the “Occupy Wall Street” economic demonstrations began to blame “the Jews” for America’s financial woes. A YouTube video making the rounds over the weekend showed one such activist holding up a sign that read “Hitler’s Bankers – Wall St”…

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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed

BY YORAM ETTINGER 1. Yom Kippur’s central theme is the plea for forgiveness from fellow human-beings, highlighting the most essential attributes of constructive leadership, healthy relationships and family and national cohesion: humility (admitting fallibility), faith, soul-searching, thoughtfulness, being considerate, compassion, accepting responsibility, minimizing personal hostility, magnanimity. In order to penetrate the heart of fellow human-beings,…

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