Iraqis celebrate the Islamic New Year outside a mosque in Samawah(Getty Images) Today marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year, otherwise known as the Hijri New Year. Starting on the evening of the 24 October and ending on the 25 October, it is observed on the first day of Muharram the first month in the Islamic calendar. The Islamic lunar year is shorter than the solar Gregorian year, usually by 11 or 12 days.

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Islamic New Year 1436 AH: What Year is it in Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism?

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Last years feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press

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Assaf to set up arts center in Gaza

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli archaeologists displayed on Tuesday a 2,000-year-old stone block unearthed in Jerusalem that they hope will help shed new light on a Jewish revolt against the Romans. It is part of a lintel from an arch built to welcome Emperor Hadrian when he visited Jerusalem in 130 AD, around the time the region's Jews, led by Bar Kochba, rose up against Roman rule …

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New Jerusalem find may shed light on Jewish revolt against Romans

BERLIN Pudding Man is unmasked! He is none other than 25-year-old mobile app designer Naor Narkis. And if you dont know who pudding man is, you clearly dont live in Israel or Germany.

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WorldViews: Pudding Man who left Israel for Germany reveals his identity

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Cantor Turned Used RV Into 38-Foot Font of Jewish Education courtesy of debbi ballard Cantor Debbi Ballard wasnt reaching as many students as she had hoped to back when she started her own Hebrew school based out of public spaces, like Dunkin Donuts, last fall. So this year, Ballard went one step further in her attempt to innovate: She bought a 38-foot recreational vehicle and converted it into a Hebrew school on wheels.

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The Hebrew School on Wheels

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‘Marcel Proust of Our Time’ Haunted by Jewish History By Niklas Pollard and Alistair Scrutton Published October 09, 2014. (Reuters) – Patrick Modiano, a Sephardic French novelist, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature as a Marcel Proust of our time, The Swedish Academy said on Thursday. Relatively unknown outside of France, Modianos works have centered on memory, oblivion, identity and guilt that often take place during the German occupation of World War Two.

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Patrick Modiano, French Sephardic Novelist, Wins Nobel for Literature

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In 2004, Archie Gottesman, chief branding officer of Manhattan Mini Storage, received an angry call from the Anti-Defamation League about her latest billboard. The image in question depicted a Buddha statue with a speech bubble saying, My owners a Jew again

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This Company's Brilliantly Sassy Branding Strategy Makes Yours Look Sad And Boring

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Israel and the occupied West Bankarein a security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The Israeli army said it had sealed off the occupied West Bank from last night to tomorrow night for the solemn holiday.

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Israel and West Bank in Yom Kippur lockdown

Palestine definition Historic region on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, comprising parts of modern Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. originally denoted only the sea-coast of the land of Canaan inhabited by the Philistines (Ex. 15:14; Isa

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Palestine | Define Palestine at Dictionary.com

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Most of the world recognizes the Palestinian cause as just, and most believe Palestinians are in need of justice. They and their descendants have lived on the land of historic Palestine since time immemorial, yet today, close to 4 million of them live in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem under different forms of Israeli military occupation.

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Ways to advance the Palestinian cause in America