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US abstention on anti-Israel UNRWA vote marks 'dangerous backslide' in policy at UN

(JNS) — The United States voted last week to abstain on a resolution concerning the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, the U.N.’s agency that handles Palestinian refugees — part of several resolutions put forth in...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 26, 2021 

Danny Fenster, Jewish journalist jailed in Myanmar, is released days after being handed prison sentence

(JTA) — Danny Fenster, a Jewish American journalist who has been imprisoned in Myanmar since May and was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday, has been released just days later, according to reports. Former New Mexico governor and former...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 26, 2021 

John Cleese cancels Cambridge University appearance over debate sparked by a Hitler impersonation

(JTA) - An impression of Adolf Hitler at Cambridge University has touched off a fight over the limits of free speech and has drawn Monty Python comedian John Cleese into the fray.  The impersonation...

 

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Is US Men’s National Team soccer player Brenden Aaronson Jewish? By Emily Burack (JTA) — The men’s World Cup soccer qualifier games are underway, and the U.S. team has a shot at making the tournament that will take place next fall in Qatar....

 

Dutch Reform rabbi who said 'totalitarian' policies remind her of Nazi Germany resigns

(JTA) - A prominent rabbi in the Netherlands compared her country's COVID-19 safety measures to the policies of Nazi Germany, drawing harsh rebuke from Jewish groups. Tamarah Benima, an outspoken...

 

ZOA condemns Biden administration for refusing to oppose 'Arab Right of Return'

Zionist Organization of America President Morton A. Klein released the following statement: ZOA strongly condemns President Biden, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield, and U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN Richard Mills for...

 

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Polish soccer referee sends antisemitic rant to group fighting anti-Semitism By Cnaan Liphshiz KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) — Jewish groups in Poland complained after a professional soccer referee ridiculed the work of a group trying to root out...

 

Why the global supply chain is broken and how to fix it

(ISRAEL21c) - Eytan Buchman calls it a "shipstorm." Speaking from the Israeli headquarters of Freightos, the CMO is referring to the confluence of events behind a global supply-chain crisis. The...

 

Denouncing antisemitism a priority at in-person IAC summit

(JNS) — After a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli-American Council is looking forward to holding an in-person summit this December. IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet said it was more important than ever for people to show their...

 

New York's pension fund halts investments in Ben & Jerry's parent company

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York State’s state pension fund will divest its holdings in Unilever in response to the July decision by the conglomerate’s affiliate Ben & Jerry’s to restrict ice cream sales in the West Bank.  State Com...

 

Biden official confirms plans to reopen consulate for Palestinians

(JNS) — Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Matt McKeon confirmed on Wednesday that the administration is seeking to reopen the U.S. Consulate for Palestinians in its original location in Jerusalem. McKeon was grilled by Rep....

 

Senators move to block Biden's plan to reopen consulate for Palestinians

(JNS) — Three-dozen Republican senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to block the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem. Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 was...

 

Pope sides with Abbas over Israel, pushes for Palestinian state

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican on Thursday where he had a private audience with Pope Francis. A Vatican press release described the talks as “cordial” and called for renewed peace talks towards a two-state solut...

 

Jewish employees play key role in push to cancel Google's $1.2 billion contract with Israel

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Two Jewish Google employees are playing a key role in a worker petition calling on Google and Amazon to cancel a joint contract to build cloud-based data centers on behalf of the Israeli...

 

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Israeli State Comptroller releases report criticizing climate change preparedness (JNS) — Israeli State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman published a scathing report on Tuesday concerning Israel’s preparations for hazards related to climate change....

 

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Noam Chomsky says Scottish university newspaper shouldn’t apologize for article it deemed ‘antisemitic’ By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Some 500 scholars, including the prominent linguist and Israel critic Noam Chomsky, accused a Scottish universi...

 

One Israel Fund announces new president of its board of trustees

Cedarhurst, New York - One Israel Fund, the premier organization in the United States providing humanitarian support and essential needs for the residents of Judea and Samaria, is delighted to...

 

US Ambassador to United Nations wrongly condemns Israeli 'violence'

During her remarks at the United Nations Security Council on Oct. 19, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield called for the UNSC to reduce its criticism of Israel and...

 

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Alta Fixsler, a 2-year-old Jewish girl, taken off life support in UK despite parents’ wishes By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A 2-year-old Jewish girl died in the United Kingdom Monday after she was taken off life support despite her parents’ objectio...

 

In first day of US trip, Lapid underscores bipartisanship, urges alternative plan on Iran

(JNS) - On the first of a three-day visit to Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made his rounds in Congress on Tuesday, highlighting the Israeli government's push for bipartisan support f...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 22, 2021

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Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Jewish AG, declares candidacy for governor (JTA) — Josh Shapiro, the Pennsylvania attorney general who made national headlines last year pushing back against attempts to reverse Joe Biden’s win in the state, is...

 

British Jewish newspaper launches campaign for spy to be called Righteous Gentile

(JNS) - A new campaign by The Jewish Chronicle calls for a British spy who saved 10,000 Austrian Jews during World War II to be recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Gentile. "It is not about how...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 15, 2021

Palestinians won Israel's highest film honor, stars skipped the award show in protest

(JTA) — The award for best feature film at Israel’s Ophir Awards, the country’s top film honor and its automatic nominee for the foreign film category at the Oscars, went to “Let It Be Morning,” a film about an Arab-Israeli man forced to gr...

 

Lapid inaugurates embassy in Bahrain, Iran calls visit 'stain that cannot be erased'

(JNS) - Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Jewish state's embassy in Bahrain on Thursday, a year after the two countries signed the Abraham Accords to normalize ties. "Bahrain, like...

 

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London lawmakers reject plan for high-rise building next to historic synagogue By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — City council members in London voted against a controversial plan to build a high-rise building near an 18th-century synagogue. The plan by...

 

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