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 By Ben Sales    Features    October 22, 2021 

Sally Rooney: Israeli publishers can't put out my new book for now, but Hebrew translation 'would be an honour'

(JTA) — The bestselling author Sally Rooney said she decided not to publish her latest novel with an Israeli publishing house because she supports a boycott of Israel, but added that a non-Israeli press could still publish the book in Hebrew. Roone...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders: 'We have to redesign our relationship'

NEW YORK (JTA) - The first thing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, facing a room full of the leaders of the American Jewish community: "I wish my mom were here." The son of American...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Seattle City Council won't bar police from training with Israeli forces

(JTA) — In a contentious meeting last week, the Seattle City Council narrowly voted down legislation that would have prohibited the city’s police department from conducting training with Israeli forces. The bill, which was defeated by a vote of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Los Angeles teachers union votes to postpone Israel boycott motion indefinitely

(JTA) — Los Angeles’ main teachers union voted Thursday to indefinitely postpone a motion in favor of boycotting Israel. For months, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, which has approximately 30,000 members, has been debating a motion to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Survey of Jewish fraternity and sorority finds most respondents experienced antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — A survey of members of AEPi and AEPhi, the most prominent national Jewish fraternity and sorority, found that large numbers of respondents have experienced antisemitism on campus. The survey also found that about half of respondents have...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Poway shooter pleads guilty to 113 hate crimes charges

(JTA) — The man who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California in 2019, killing one and injuring three, has pleaded guilty to a 113-count federal hate crime indictment. The guilty plea comes with a recommended sentence of life in prison plus...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Iraq issues arrest warrant against activists who called for normalization of ties with Israel

(JTA) — Hundreds of Iraqi civic leaders and activists attended a conference calling for the country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. But Iraq’s government rejected the call and is now seeking to arrest the leaders of the confer...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 17, 2021

Josh Mandel, Jewish Ohio Senate candidate, compares Biden's vaccine mandate to the Gestapo

(JTA) — The latest politician to compare government vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany is Josh Mandel, a Jewish Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. In a video last Thursday protesting President Joe Biden’s upcoming requirement that a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 10, 2021

FBI reports drop in number of antisemitic crimes in 2020 amid rise in total hate crimes

(JTA) — The FBI recorded the largest number of hate crimes last year since 2008, including spikes in the number of anti-Black and anti-Asian hate crimes. Anti-Jewish hate crimes dropped from 953 in 2019 to 676 last year, a decrease of 29 percent....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 27, 2021

Natan Sharansky offered advice to cope with COVID lockdowns - now, he's recovering from the virus

(JTA) — When the world shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natan Sharansky figured his experience as a Soviet political prisoner meant he had a thing or two to teach the millions of people who were suddenly confined to their homes....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 27, 2021

Progressive Jewish leaders condemn AIPAC for ads slamming 'Squad' members

(JTA) — Dozens of progressive Jewish leaders have signed a letter condemning the Israel lobby AIPAC for social media ads targeting Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the group of progressive Congress members known as...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 13, 2021

The Anti-Defamation League and Hillel are now working together to document antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — Over the last year, Jewish college students took it upon themselves to combat antisemitism at their schools. Now, two major Jewish organizations are working together to play a stronger role in fighting antisemitism on campus. Some of the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 23, 2021

Alleged assailant in stabbing of rabbi charged with hate crime

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense. Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginski outside of his school and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

Alleged assailant in stabbing of rabbi charged with hate crime

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense. Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky outside of his school and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

University of Chicago's Jewish community reels with the loss of 2 students

(JTA) - Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen has counseled Jewish students at the University of Chicago through crises before. But she says the last two weeks have been "devastating." First, Ilan Naibryf, 21,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 9, 2021

Rutgers' Hillel director is worried about Jewish student life as he leaves

(JTA) - As he ends his tenure as the director of the largest Hillel in the country after 20 years in the post, Andrew Getraer says Jews at Rutgers University face a reality out of Dickens: the best...

 

American Jews mobilize in response to building collapse in Orthodox enclave

(JTA) - As the United States woke up to news of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, it quickly became clear that the disaster is an American Jewish tragedy.  The 12-story building in the heav...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 2, 2021

Palestinian Authority looks a gift horse in the mouth

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal that would have seen Israel give it 1 million COVID vaccine doses in exchange for a later shipment. The P.A. made the move because many of the doses were set to expire in the coming weeks, according...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 25, 2021

Bubblegum and magic tape: How PM Bennett's kippah stays on, and why it matters

JTA - Israel's new prime minister is probably the first one who has stuck a wad of chewing gum to his head right before a public event. Naftali Bennett, who took office last week, is the first prime m...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 25, 2021

'The Shrink Next Door,' a dark Jewish-themed podcast

(JTA) - "The Shrink Next Door," a 2019 reported podcast about a Jewish psychiatrist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who takes control of the life of one of his Jewish patients, is being made into...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 18, 2021

Netanyahu condemns incitement from 'every side'

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned violent rhetoric on “every side” of the political spectrum Sunday but also claimed that Israel’s incoming government, which will replace him, is the result of “the greatest...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 11, 2021

It's the end of the Netanyahu era

(JTA) - Benjamin Netanyahu will no longer be Israel's prime minister, as his political opponents announced Wednesday night that they have formed a coalition that will replace him, pending a vote in Is...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 11, 2021

Netanyahu's rivals are getting death threats as they prepare to replace him

(JTA) - In the days before Benjamin Netanyahu's rival lawmakers announced that they had formed a government to replace the longtime prime minister, one fled her home with her partner and baby after...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 11, 2021

Chancellor condemned antisemitism - then apologized

(JTA) — The chancellor of New Jersey’s flagship public university condemned antisemitism and then, following protest from a pro-Palestinian student group, apologized for the condemnation. On Wednesday, the chancellor of Rutgers University-New Bru...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 4, 2021

Israel commiting genocide? These human rights lawyers beg to differ.

(JTA) — When actor Mark Ruffalo apologized on Monday for posts that “suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide,’” it wasn’t clear what comments of his own he was speaking about. But he drew attention to a loaded word that has leapt into...

 

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