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21-28 Tevet, 5775                                                                   Jan. 12-18, 2015 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 572nd Web Ed.




        JEWISH SCHOOLS TENSE AFTER PARIS ATTACKS




After attacks left 17 people dead, the French government is deploying thousands of security personnel to key sites. The BBC's Lucy Williamson went to visit a Jewish school in Paris with armed soldiers at the gate.
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  PRESIDENT RIVLIN MEETS WITH ISRAELI AMBASSADORS



     President Rivlin addressing the ambassadors at
    the President's residence, photo by GPO/Mark
                                Neiman


President Reuven Rivlin met earlier this week with 43 Israeli ambassadors to European countries, as well as recently appointed ambassadors due to begin their diplomatic service in the near future.
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  AGUDATH ISRAEL SOUNDS OFF ON EU COURT'S REMOVAL OF HAMAS FROM ITS TERRORIST LIST

The recent ruling of a European Union court to remove Hamas from the EU's terrorist list is nothing short of astounding.The ruling, even if on procedural grounds, sends an outrageous message to the world - and an encouraging one to Hamas, which has understandably received it joyfully. MORE>

        EGYPT COURT BANS JEWISH
     FESTIVAL FOR 'MORAL OFFENSES'



 The court also ordered the removal of the tomb from
        Egypt's antiquities and monuments list
, BBCi
 

A court in Egypt has banned an annual Jewish festival held in honor of a 19th Century Moroccan rabbi. The Alexandria Administrative Court said its decision was due to "moral offenses" committed in previous years. MORE>

   WJC URGES EUROPEAN UNION ‘TO
   DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP HAMAS
                 BLACK-LISTED'


World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder recently called on the European Union to stand firm regarding the inclusion of Hamas and its militant wing in the list of terrorist organizations, despite a ruling by the EU General Court which annulled the blacklisting of Hamas on procedural grounds.
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      FM LIBERMAN MEETS WITH U.S.
                  SENATOR GRAHAM



Sen. Graham’s legislative initiative will help establish and define an international moral line that will prevent granting the tiniest amount of legitimacy to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. MORE>

   B’NAI B’RITH CONDEMNS HOSTAGE
   TAKING IN PARIS KOSHER MARKET


B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement: B’nai B’rith International condemns the latest act of the terror that unfolded in eastern Paris …, where a terrorist suspected of killing a police officer yesterday, shot and killed four people, wounded many more and held at least five hostages inside a kosher market. Police recently stormed the market, freeing the surviving hostages and killing the gunman. MORE>
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                                 RABBI'S CORNER

iPHONES & IDOLATRY         

By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE

Q. When I was younger I took great care of my car. One day my grandfather saw me kneeling next to my car waxing it and told me that what I was doing was akin to idol worship. Today’s youth think nothing of spending the night in front of an Apple store to pick up the latest iPhone. Is this akin to idolatry?

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                                       NEWSMAKERS

   
SWASTIKAS CARVED INTO CHAPEL DOORS AT SPRINGWOOD JEWISH CEMETERY

  

Two swastikas have been etched into doors at the Springwood Cemetery in Allerton


Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found at a Jewish prayer house in Liverpool.
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  ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI HAS BEEN
     FOUND AT A JEWISH PRAYER
             HOUSE IN LIVERPOOL

  

Paris shootings: Jews 'don't feel safe in France'

The Jewish community in Paris is still in shock after an attack on a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes on Friday in which four Jews were killed.
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SINGLE INCISION LUNG SURGERY IS FIRST FOR ISRAEL



Dr. Danny Fink

For the first time in Israel, a patient’s malignant lung tumor has been removed by Dr. Danny Fink and Dr. Faras Abu Acher at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with just a single, four centimeter incision in the lower lobe between the ribs.  MORE>

                                           BUSINESS/LEGAL

          3.3 MILLION VISITORS TO
                 ISRAEL IN 2014


Despite Operation Protective Edge, the number of tourists in 2014 remains similar to that in 2013, thanks to the significant increase in the first half of 2014. MORE>

   
FOREIGN CLIENTS OF ISRAELI
 
BANKS ARE ASKED TO PROVE TAX
  
COMPLIANCE IN HOME COUNTRY

 
On December 18, 2014 the Bank of Israel recently sent Israeli banks a draft procedure requiring banks to receive from their foreign clients a declaration that they have paid the required tax on the income in their Israeli bank accounts in their country of residence.
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SEVEN DEFENDANTS SENTENCED RECENTLY FOR ROLES IN NATIONWIDE FORECLOSURE
RESCUE SCAM

$15 Million in Fraudulently Obtained Funds Taken from Scores of Homeowners

SACRAMENTO -- Seven defendants were sentenced recently for a huge mortgage fraud scheme that was charged in 2008. A federal grand jury brought two indictments that charged 19 people in a fraud scheme that promised to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and repair their credit. 
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BROWN APPOINTS TWO TO ORANGE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Jeannie M. Joseph and John R. Zitny to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court.
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COMMUNITY NEWS

WIESENTHAL CENTER EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS OF MASSACRE IN PARIS

“The only way such horrendous acts will cease is when the 6,000 Imans in France publicly condemn these acts as well as the ideology and theology behind them and when they deliver this message consistently to every mosque in France” MORE>

ISRAELI-AMERICAN COUNCIL (IAC) NAMES MIRI SHEPHER TO HEAD L.A. REGION



(l) Miri Shepher


LOS ANGELES – The Israeli-American Council (IAC) recently announced that it has named Miri Shepher of L.A. as its newly-founded Los Angeles Regional Council’s first chairwoman. Her appointment is part of the IAC’s growth as a national organization that is leading the transformation of the Israeli-American community across the country.
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SPECIAL REPORT

'NOT SAFE': FRENCH JEWS MULL
ISRAEL EMIGRATION


 
photos BBCi

The grim and violent climax to the Paris hostage crisis was followed with horror wherever the news is watched. Israel's community of French-speaking Jews followed the unfolding drama with particular sadness but without surprise. MORE>  
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                              LOCAL

   SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER FIGHTS
      ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE AND
   AROUND THE WORLD; LEADERSHIP
            WITH A GLOBAL REACH



Jews in Europe are confronted with an array of unprecedented threats, violence and vilification ranging from ISIS-trained terrorists, resurgent far-rightists who mock or seek to rewrite the history of the Shoah, left-wing political parties who pillory Israel’s defensive efforts against Hamas, while remain silent or complicit as anti-Israel mobs scream “Jews to the gas chambers.” MORE>