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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Pew: 48 percent of Israeli Jews want Arabs out of country

By Ben Sales

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Nearly half of Jewish-Israelis want to expel Arabs from the country.

That’s one of several findings from a new survey of Israeli attitudes on religion, politics and Jewish identity conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center.

Coming just three years after Pew’s much-discussed study of Jewish-Americans, the Israel study depicts a country divided by religion and ethnicity, where Jews of opposing religious outlooks rarely associate and marriages that cross the Jewish-Arab divide almost never happen.

Israel is 81 percent Jewish and 19 percent non-Jewish, according to the survey. Among the Jews, half are secular. The other half is divided among  traditional (29 percent), religious Zionists (13 percent) and haredi Orthodox (9 percent).
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

9 times Donald Trump has been compared to Hitler

By Gabe Friedman

Donald Trump is not happy with the Hitler comparison.

Prominent people have lately likened the Republican presidential front-runner to Adolf Hitler for his comments targeting Mexicans and Muslims and for his populist politicking style.

Most recently, Trump has had his supporters raise their right hands and pledge to vote for him. Some, including former Anti-Defamation League head Abe Foxman, think the practice reminiscent of Nazi rallies where crowds would “heil Hitler.”

“I don’t know about the Hitler comparison. I hadn’t heard that, but it’s a terrible comparison. I’m not happy about that certainly,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Trump says he will ‘look into’ whether pledge causes offense

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would “look into” his recent practice of asking followers to raise their hands in a pledge after it was likened to the Nazi salute.

Trump said Tuesday on NBC that the comparisons to Nazi salutes were a “big, big stretch,” adding it was something he does for fun.

“I’ll certainly look into it,” Trump, a billionaire real estate magnate and the front-runner among Republican presidential candidates, told the “Today” show when he was told that the raised hand caused offense. “I’d like to find out that that’s true because I don’t want to offend anybody.”
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From Ynet News

Biden, Peres meet in Jaffa as terrorist kills one, wounds 11 nearby

‘Terror activity against innocent women and children is intolerable,’ American vice president says during meeting with former president; ‘Biden wanted to know every detail and the names of the families and how the wounded were doing,’ Peres says. US Vice President Joe Biden was at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa on Tuesday evening as a Palestinian terrorist was less than a mile away, running along the boardwalk in the city and indiscriminately stabbing anyone he encountered.
“Terror activity against innocent women and children is intolerable,” Biden told former president Shimon Peres during their meeting.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

3 Israelis seriously injured in 2 terror attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli police officers and an Israeli man were seriously wounded in separate attacks in Petach Tikvah and Jerusalem.

The attacks — a shooting and a stabbing — occurred within minutes of each other on Tuesday afternoon. Both alleged assailants were killed, including one reportedly at the hand of his own knife by the victim.

In the latter attack, near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, a man on a motorcycle opened fire on Border Police officers. The assailant was shot during a police chase and later died of his injuries, police said. He was identified as a 25-year-old Palestinian man from eastern Jerusalem with no security-related record.

One of the injured officers was near death, according to Israeli reports.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Netanyahu’s office says White House knew meeting might not take place

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an Obama administration official’s statement that the White House was “surprised” to learn that Netanyahu decided not to meet with the president in Washington, D.C., later this month.

“Last Friday, during a meeting in the White House, Israel’s envoy to Washington, Ron Dermer, expressed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s appreciation for Obama’s offer to meet with him should he visit Washington,” according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Prime Minister’s Office “With that, Dermer also informed them that there was a high chance that the prime minister won’t go to Washington, and that a final answer would be given Monday after he spoke with him.”

The statement from Netanyahu’s office said that reports in Israeli media saying that President Barack Obama was unwilling to meet with Netanyahu were “erroneous.”
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From Ynet News

German bank teller refuses service to Israeli

A bank teller in Germany refused to open an account for an Israeli claiming that the bank does not do business with people from countries ‘under embargo’; bank issued an apology after two weeks.

A bank teller at Bank Sparkasse, one of the largest banks in Germany, refused to open an account for an Israeli living in Berlin, telling him that Israeli passport holders are under embargo.
As a result of Ynet’s request for comment, the bank’s management – after an inquiry that lasted two weeks – responded by saying it was an error done by the teller, adding: “All we can do is apologize.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

DC GOP extends primary hours for Sabbath-observant Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Party in Washington, D.C., is extending its primary hours to allow observant Jews to vote.

Patrick Mara, the director of the District of Columbia Republican Party, told the Washington Post in a report posted on the newspaper’s website Monday that the party would extend voting this Saturday to 9 p.m., five hours later than the scheduled finish.

Voting will move at 4 p.m. from a ballroom at the Loews Madison hotel to a smaller room in the same hotel. Those who vote after 4 will have to sign a document swearing they are observant Jews.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld had made representations to the party about the Saturday voting, saying it would discriminate against voters among his congregants at Ohev Sholom, an Orthodox synagogue in the district.
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