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ZOA head tells congressional committee that New Zealand shooter was 'left-wing' terrorist

(JTA)-The head of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, told a congressional committee that the New Zealand mosque shooter was a "left-wing" terrorist, basing his assessment on the killer...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 29, 2019

Muslim and Jewish activists tell Chelsea Clinton she helped cause the New Zealand mosque attack

(JTA)—Two student activists confronted Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on a New Zealand mosque and accused her of being a cause of the massacre. New York University students Leen Dweik, who is Muslim, and Rose...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Political rivals Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu will face off at AIPAC conference

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, will speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington ahead of national elections next month in Israel....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Shtayyeh appointed new PA prime minister

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a Fatah Party insider who was educated abroad as prime minister. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a longtime Abbas ally, was announced on...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Diaspora Jews-a campaign issue

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Diaspora Jews can’t vote in Israeli elections. It’s been proposed and, so far, consistently shot down by Israeli lawmakers. And, let’s be honest, the average Israeli voter rarely, if ever, thinks about Diaspora Jews.  And...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 1, 2019

Louis Farrakhan accuses 'wicked Jews' of many things at Nation of Islam's Saviours' Day conference

(JTA)—Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan blamed “the wicked Jews” for the crisis over anti-Semitism and the Women’s March. “The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

Israeli company's claim for cancer cure may be too good to be true

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A team of scientists at a biotech company in Israel claimed that they will have a cure for cancer-all cancer-within a year. Sadly, their claims were shot down by fellow scientists. In...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

2 political power players join forces to take on Netanyahu in Israel's upcoming elections

JERUSALEM (JTA)-There's a new political power in team in Israel, and it hopes to defeat longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections. Benny Gantz, a former head of the Israeli...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel struck Iranian targets in Syria, hours after an Iranian-made ground-to-ground missile was fired by an Iranian force in Syria at northern Israel. The targets struck by Israel Defense Forces warplanes late on Sunday night...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

On day of Women's March, Sarsour rejects Farrakhan's anti-Semitism and defends BDS

(JTA)—Linda Sarsour defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her speech on stage in Washington D.C. at the third Women’s March. Her critique of anti-BDS laws came hours after rejecting the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

(JTA)—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Groups leave national Women's March

(JTA)—The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year’s Women’s March. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of...

 

Carol Channing, the original star of 'Hello Dolly!,' dies at 97

(JTA)-Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Robert Luck named to Florida Supreme Court

(JTA)-A Jewish judge in Miami was named to the Florida Supreme Court at the Jewish day school where he attended kindergarten, finishing the ceremony by reciting a Jewish prayer. The appointment of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

A Jewish cafe owner in San Francisco deals with weekly protests over his 'Zionist ideals'

(JTA)—Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central,...

 

Moshe Arens dies at 93

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Moshe Arens, a veteran Israeli politician and defense minister under three prime ministers, has died. Arens, who first hired Benjamin Netanyahu and is credited with helping him get...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 11, 2019

Steelers donate $70,000

(JTA)-The Pittsburgh Steelers' Stronger Than Hate campaign inspired the city and the world to rally around the Jewish community in the wake of the shooting attack on a local synagogue building that...

 

Georges Loinger, French Resistance fighter, dies

(JTA)—Georges Loinger, a member of the French Resistance during World War II who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, has died. Loinger died on Friday in Paris at the age of 108, France’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation confirmed on it...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 11, 2019

Ultima Thule was a term used by Nazis

(JTA)—Earlier this week, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by what it says is the most distant object ever explored by a spacecraft. But calling the trans-Neptunian object by its official designation of 2014 MU69 was cumbersome and boring for...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

Israel to intensify fight in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel will step up its fight against Iran in Syria after the United States withdraws its troops from her neighbor to the north. “We will continue to take very strong action against Iran’s attempts to entrench itself in Syria....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

SodaStream CEO says company setting up plant in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA)—SodaStream is setting up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum made the announcement Thursday at a conference in Jerusalem sponsored by the Israeli business publication Globes. He appeared on stage at the...

 

Ex-Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra has gone from baseball to prison to Torah study

(JTA)—Former Major League Baseball center fielder Lenny Dykstra ran car washes, wrote a book, went to drug rehab and spent time in prison. Now he is studying Torah. Dykstra, 55, a three-time All-Sta...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is descended from Sephardic Jews

(JTA)—Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition. Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat, broke the news to a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 21, 2018

Toledo man arrested for planning deadly attack on area synagogue

(JTA)—A Toledo, Ohio-area man was arrested for planning an attack on a local synagogue. Damon Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, was charged in federal court in Toledo on Monday with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He told an undercover FBI...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 30, 2018

Black Friday is now a thing in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-I was watching late night network television on Saturday night-that's not terribly exciting here-when I was slammed with a string of ads that made me feel like I was back in America....

 

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