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 By Marcy Oster    News    October 11, 2019

Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there. Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip. In Israel,...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    October 4, 2019

Greenblatt proud of peace plan

JERUSALEM (JTA)—White House Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote in an op-ed that his work on an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan has left him “proud, grateful, surprised, sad, and hopeful.” “I wonder if my deceased grandparents who...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

5 things to watch after Israel's too-close-to-call election

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The morning after Israel's second national election in five months, the results are still unclear. According to the latest vote count, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing...

 

Pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts, who with her husband wrote about their interfaith marriage, dies

(JTA)-Cokie Roberts, a pioneering journalist who with her husband wrote an interfaith Haggadah and published a book about their interfaith marriage, has died. Roberts was one of the few female voices...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

Women's March board member critical of Israel and the FBI removed after 2 days

(JTA)—A new board member of The Women’s March who has disparaged Israel and the FBI on Twitter was voted off two days after she was appointed. “Zahra Billoo has been removed from board membership effective immediately,” the board posted Wedne...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

NY will increase police presence in Jewish neighborhoods for High Holidays

(JTA)—The New York Police Department said it will increase its presence in Jewish neighborhoods before and during the High Holidays. Increased foot patrols and specialized units such as counterterrorism teams will be deployed throughout the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

Hamas and ISIS hate Israel-and each other

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Explosions earlier this week at two Hamas police checkpoints in Gaza City left three policemen dead. But it wasn’t Israel that planted the explosives, as many might have suspected. Hamas says it was Islamic State suicide bombers....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 20, 2019

The first exit polls for Israel's Election Day are in-it's close

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White were again locked in a virtual dead heat at the close of voting in Israel, exit polls on Tuesday showed. Both Blue and White, which is led by Benny Gantz, a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 20, 2019

Netanyahu says he will annex part of the West Bank if re-elected

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that if he is re-elected, he will immediately annex the Jordan Valley. Netanyahu also promised to annex West Bank Jewish...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Jewish groups provide emergency help to the Bahamas in wake of Dorian

(JTA)-The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai B'rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, which has...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Missiles fired from Lebanon strike Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Lebanon at an Israeli military base and at military vehicles. “There are a number of confirmed hits,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.  It later...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Netanyahu says he will extend 'Jewish sovereignty

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will extend “Jewish sovereignty” over all communities in Judea and Samaria. He made the remarks Sunday to the new first graders on the first day of school at a national religious...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 30, 2019

California high school students make Nazi salute at ceremony

(JTA)—Students at a Southern California high school made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi marching song at the start of an awards ceremony. The school district will not say publicly if or how it disciplined the students. The incident, which took...

 

Israeli student found stabbed

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A 19-year-old yeshiva student was found stabbed to death in the West Bank's Etzion settlement bloc. Dvir Sorek of the Ofra settlement was reported missing on Wednesday evening, hours...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 16, 2019

Who's running in Israel's September elections, explained

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's upcoming elections in September-just five months after the last ones in April-are essentially a do-over. In the April election, the right wing won a majority. But because...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 16, 2019

Saudi blogger attacked by Palestinians at Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A blogger and law student from Saudi Arabia who had made his name public was attacked verbally and spit on by Muslims while visiting Israel as a guest of the Foreign Ministry. Mahmoud Saud also was hit by thrown objects during his...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 2, 2019

Ayelet Shaked to head Israel's New Right party

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s former justice minister Ayelet Shaked is head of the New Right party, replacing Naftali Bennett, the former education minister. The announcement came on Sunday night in Ramat Gan, after weeks of uncertainty about...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 26, 2019

Biden calls Israel's occupation a 'real' and 'significant' problem

(JTA)—Joe Biden said that Israel’s occupation is a “real” and “significant” problem, but would not go as far to say it is a “human rights crisis.” At a campaign event Friday in Dover, New Hampshire, the leading Democratic...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 19, 2019

Israeli left, Palestinians slam US diplomats for sledge-hammer blows

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Two U.S. diplomats participated in the inauguration of a controversial archaeological tourist site in eastern Jerusalem, angering Palestinian leaders and left-wing Israeli NGOs. U.S....

 

Novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA)-Judith Krantz, one of the best-selling female novelists of all time, has died. Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported. According to the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Barak forms a new party saying 'Netanyahu regime must be felled'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is forming a new political party. At an evening news conference, Barak said he rushed to make the announcement to thwart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Gary Rosenblatt stepping down as editor and publisher

(JTA)-Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week for 26 years, is stepping down. Under his stewardship, the newspaper started Write On For Israel, an educational/advocacy pr...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Robert Kraft announces foundation to combat anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the establishment of a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism as he accepted the Genesis Prize award in Jerusalem on Thursday...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Department of Education to probe anti-Israel bias at North Carolina conference on Gaza

(JTA)—The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference on Gaza co-sponsored by two North Carolina universities over allegations that it had an anti-Israel bias. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., called on the department to...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Sign unveiled for Trump Heights community in the Golan Heights

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A new Jewish community in the Golan Heights to honor President Donald Trump will be called Ramat Trump, translated as Trump Heights. A sign was unveiled Sunday during the weekly Cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights at the site...

 

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