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The Cub Scouts are traditionally known to be a classic American organization that takes young boys on camping trips and nature expeditions while teaching them character development.

But according to some news reports, one cub den in Houston may not have such idyllic motives. The Al-Qasim Cub Scout troop was just officially chartered, under the Boy Scouts of America, by a mosque in Houston with a history of extremism and indoctrinating children.

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After a spate of attacks in the past week including rockets launched at Israel from Gaza, a stabbing in the Old City and a car ramming in the West Bank, Israelis are concerned that a new wave of terror was in the works.

In fact, Palestinian intelligence services warned of a downward spiral just before Dvir Sorek, 18, was stabbed to death in a terror attack on Aug. 8. 

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Two American congresswomen who have been barred from visiting Israel have taken the opportunity to bash the Jewish state while promoting the Palestinian cause and calling for cuts to Israeli aid.

After Israel refused to grant them entry to the country over their support for boycotting the Jewish state, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Monday blasted Israel and said the U.S. should halt aid until Palestinians are granted full rights.

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Israel has expanded its attacks against Iranian targets, this time reportedly reaching as far as Iraq, according to the Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper which quoted Western diplomatic sources.

Air Force jets have struck twice in 10 days, the report said on Tuesday.

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One of Israel’s largest banks made history last week when it named an Israeli Arab chairman of the board of directors, the first time an Israeli-Arab has been named to a senior position at major Israeli bank. 

Samer Haj Yehia, a 49-year-old economist, still lives in  Tayibe, an Arab city in central Israel.

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