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 By Christine DeSouza    News    March 24, 2017 

Strong pro-Israel presence on campus chases away BDS activists

Standing up non-violently to anti-Israel activists on the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) campus in South Africa had a positive effect during “Israeli Apartheid Week” (IAW), and BDS demonstrators folded up their flags and didn’t even...

 
 News    March 17, 2017

While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

By Ben Sales (JTA)—When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son. The kids, said Bellows, had...

 
 News    March 17, 2017

FCC grants waiver allowing JCCs to receive caller info

(JTA)—The Federal Communications Commission has granted Jewish Community Centers throughout the country a temporary waiver allowing them to receive caller information, in response to the recent series of bomb threats on the Jewish institutions....

 
 News    March 17, 2017

White House condemns sixth wave of anti-Semitic harassment

(JTA)—At least 12 Jewish community centers and institutions across North America and four Anti-Defamation League offices have received threats of lethal attack, the sixth such wave since the beginning of the year. As of Tuesday afternoon, March 7,...

 
 News    March 17, 2017

Swastika carved on doorframe of Ohio synagogue

(JTA)-A swastika was carved onto the doorframe of the Agudath B'nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, Ohio, a suburb located on the west side of Cleveland. In addition to the swastika, the words "We will...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 10, 2017

Arrest made in bomb threats

Federal authorities arrested Juan M. Thompson, a 31-year-old former reporter from St. Louis, Friday in connection with eight bomb threats called into several Jewish institutions over the last month,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 10, 2017

ADL: Juan Thompson's arrest alone won't stop 'unprecedented' wave of anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of...

 
 News    March 10, 2017

In shadow of bomb threats, national campaign launched to define and outlaw anti-Semitism

Nashville, Tennessee—PJTN has launched a national campaign to define and outlaw anti-Semitism, in light of the recent wave of threats and attacks against American Jewish institutions. The “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” will fortify the U.S....

 
 News    March 10, 2017

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Rochester, New York

NEW YORK (JTA)-A Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, was vandalized, the third such incident in the United States in less than two weeks. Five headstones were found toppled Thursday morning at...

 
 News    March 10, 2017

Jewish-Christian group urges unity to counter wave of anti-Semitism

(JNS.org)—The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has launched an online campaign urging supporters to condemn the ongoing wave of anti-Semitism across the U.S. in recent weeks, while calling for unity between...

 
 News    March 10, 2017

Bipartisan House taskforce on anti-Semitism resumes in wake of recent incidents

(JNS.org)—The U.S. House of Representatives announced its relaunch of a bipartisan taskforce for combating anti-Semitism in the wake of a recent wave of anti-Jewish incidents. Since January 2017, there have been 90 bomb threats called into Jewish...

 
 News    February 24, 2017

The Blue Card receives grant from Jewish Federations of North America for groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care

NEW YORK-The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing ongoing, direct aid to Holocaust survivors in the United States, has been selected to receive a grant of $120,000 from...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    February 24, 2017

Jewish leaders applaud Trump's focus on Palestinian incitement

WASHINGTON—American Jewish leaders are enthusiastically applauding President Donald Trump’s call on the Palestinian Authority to remove anti-Jewish hate material from its school books. At his press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

 
 News    February 24, 2017

Disney severs ties with YouTube star over anti-Semitic videos

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Walt Disney Company severed ties with the world's biggest YouTube star Tuesday following a series of anti-Semitic videos. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 24, 2017

Trump and Netanyahu: Mixed messages of a diplomatic lovefest

WASHINGTON (JTA)-One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    February 24, 2017

Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump's Washington

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    February 24, 2017

Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees

NEW YORK (JTA)-Over 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his native...

 
 News    February 17, 2017

Paul Ryan: Enforce the Iran nuclear deal, don't dismantle it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-House Speaker Paul Ryan said it makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of...

 
 News    February 17, 2017

DeVos narrowly confirmed as education secretary

(JTA)-Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaker in a historic 51-50 vote. DeVos, a Michigan billionaire whose advocacy for school choi...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Third wave of bomb threats

(JTA)—At least 11 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, whose...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Trump Jewish aide, Boris Epshteyn, wrote Holocaust statement that omitted Jews

(JTA)-The White House statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that has generated controversy for omitting Jews reportedly was written by a Jewish aide to President Donald Trump. Boris Ep...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 10, 2017

JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises

NEW YORK (JTA)—A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came from inside the building. How do you catch the...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Bill to allow Holocaust survivors to pursue justice

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after introducing H.R. 762, the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2017, alongside Reps. Brad...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    February 10, 2017

Refugee ban puts Jewish asylum seekers in limbo

(JTA)—A year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agency for refugee status, their case was expecte...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    February 10, 2017

Meet the Jews in Donald Trump's administration

(JTA)—American Jews are watching the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency with both fear and hope. Many have expressed worries about some of his supporters’ ties to the so-called “alt-right” movement, whose followers traffic variously...

 

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