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Opinion. Tradition . A WAR TO END ALL MIDDLE EAST WARS A2. THE THE HARDEST WORD TO HEAR. A9. JEWISH FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS A11 algemeiner JOURNAL 1.00 PRINTED IN NEW YORK FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 6 TAMMUZ 5771 VOL. XXXVIII NO. 2017 Barak Nixes Transfer of Suicide Bomber Bodies to PA Greek Actions Reap International Praise BY MAXINE DOVERE The Greek government on Friday banned all flotilla ships from leaving its ports, without explaining its reasons. While critics accused the beleag

A2 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 Opinion . A War to End All Middle East Wars DOVID EFUNE N E W YO R K Perhaps it is a combination of closertohome concerns and widespread Middle East unrest that has allowed the compelling threat of Iranian nuclear belligerency to slink from the forefront of public foreign policy discourse. It seems that it wasnt long ago that the sense of urgency over the matter was more pronounced, and yet now it appears to be largely relegated to lip service or afterthought status World News . A3 The Churches Against Israel BY GIULIO MEOTTI A few days ago UK researchers announced that 17 skeletons belonged to Jews were found at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich, England. The Jews were murdered in a pogrom or had been forced to commit suicide rather than submit to demands for conversion to Christianity. The bodies date back to the 12th or 13th Centuries, at a time when Jewish people faced killings, banishment and persecution throughout all Eur

A4 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 World News . police, fire brigade and Hatzola. The twoyearold was taken to a nearby restaurant and put under a running tap. David Herzka, who has volunteered for Hatzola for 24 years, was first on the scene, arriving within two minutes. I was in my office nearby when I received the call, he said. I dropped everything, grabbed my medical bag and got in the car. When I arrived, I ran into the restaurant and saw the boy had around 70 per cent burns. It was terrible. I im World News BY S.Z. WOLFF June 27 The United States Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children, calling it an unconstitutional violation of freespeech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The 72 ruling struck down a 2005 California law banning such sales to children under the age of 18. . A5 The Globe at a Glance July 1 New York prosecutors released former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique StraussKahn and

A6 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 U.S News . Chaplain assigned to Fort Jackson commended both soldiers on attending his weekly service and in playing such an active role. There are only eight of us Jewish Chaplains in the army at the moment, so if your next duty station does not have a Jewish Chaplain, I encourage you to take the lead and to find the Jewish soldiers, organize a service, help people reconnect, and Aleph will support you with that, he told the two soldiers. With over fifty percent of al Opinion . A7 Loosening AngloJewrys Corset SHMULEY BOTEACH N E W YO R K E leven years ago, I lived in the UK and, though I served primarily as rabbi to students at Oxford University, I gradually expanded the scope of my activities until I was well entrenched in mainstream AngloJewish life. Amid my affection and admiration for a community renowned for its high Jewish day school attendance, generous social welfare programmes, and committed communal charities, I slowly becam

A8 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 Impressions . Francis Crick did not flirt with the idea of Panspermia life on earth being seeded from outer space. In 1973, together with renowned chemist Leslie Orgel, he published a paper in the journal Icarus, proposing that an advanced alien civilization sent life to Earth. Crick also discussed this idea, called Directed Panspermia, in his book Life Itself and in the foreword to a seminal scientific text entitled The RNA World. Crick and Orgel proposed such an out A9 Tradition. The Hardest Word To Hear JONATHAN SACKS LOND ON, UK T he story of Bilaam, the pagan prophet, begins with a bewildering set of nonsequiturs a sequence of events that seems to have no logic. First, the background. The Israelites are approaching the end of their forty years in the wilderness. Already they have fought and won wars against Sihon king of the Amorites and Og king of Bashan. They have arrived at the plains of Moab today, southern Jordan at the poi

A10 FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011 Tradition . Egypt, May 27, 1967 The time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation Hafez Assad, Syrian Defense Minister, May 20, 1967 Kill Jews wherever you find them, kill them with your hands, with your nails, with your teeth. King Hussein of Jordan, June, 1967 Fact Every single major leader of Orthodox Judaism including what is called the UltraOrthodox, has stated that, if it would actually bring peace, Israel should make territorial concessions. There is Social . Party Like Its the Fourth of July BY MIRI BENDOR A11 Yair Shiran thanks the gathered guests. Photo Maxine Dovere. Yair Shiran, Israels outgoing Economic Minister to North America, pictured here with his family. Photo Maxine Dovere. Its a tradition Hot dogs sizzling on the grill, lemonade and other beverages are flowing, friends gather to celebrate another year in the heat of a summer day. Every tradition needs a place to start. For many Israelis celebrating the

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