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 By Stephen Silver    News    April 9, 2021 

PBS postpones debut of 'Til Kingdom Come' documentary on evangelicals and Israel for 'editorial review'

(JTA) — PBS has decided to postpone airing the documentary “Til Kingdom Come,” which examines the close relationship between American evangelicals and Israel, in the light of accusations that the film misleadingly spliced together two separate...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 9, 2021 

Vaccine passports are being compared to yellow Stars of David from the Holocaust

(JTA) — Political activists, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn and the ambassador to Germany under Donald Trump, are comparing the idea of “vaccine passports” to Nazi Germany, with many invoking the yellow Stars of David that Nazis forced Jews...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 9, 2021 

Steven Spielberg to donate his Genesis Prize winnings

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg is donating his Genesis Prize earnings to Jewish and non-Jewish groups working to promote racial and economic justice. The prize’s foundation on Thursday announced that the film director would double the $1 million prize...

 
 News    April 9, 2021 

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Israeli cargo ship hit by missile near Yemen in suspected Iranian attack By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli-owned cargo ship was struck by a missile in the Arabian Sea in a suspected Iranian attack, an Israeli security official said. The ship...

 

Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman wins first home title in Argentina Open

(JNS) — Argentinian Jewish tennis player Diego Schwartzman won the Argentina Open on Sunday and claimed his first ATP Tour title in his home country. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aire beat fellow countryman Francisco Cerundolo with a 6-1, 6-2 victor...

 
 By Melanie Phillips    News    April 2, 2021

Christian leaders remain silent as the church recycles its oldest hatred

(JNS) - The World Council of Churches has gone full theological incitement against the State of Israel. In a recent Zoom webinar with more than 300 Christian activists to promote a film about the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 2, 2021

How CUFI has awakened the 'sleeping giant' of Christian Zionism

(JNS) - As the World Council of Churches goes full throttle against Israel, Christians United for Israel, one of the most powerful voices for Israel in the United States, marked its 15th anniversary....

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 2, 2021

Hillel reinvents itself to face dual challenges of pandemic and anti-Semitism

(JNS) — Often synonymous with Jewish life on campus, Hillel has been a gathering point for Jewish students across hundreds of campuses in the United States for decades. While being a “big tent” organization that seeks to accommodate a wide...

 

International March of the Living to hold virtual 2021 march

International March of the Living will hold a Virtual March on Holocaust Remembrance Day led by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency Chair...

 
 By David Isaac    News    March 26, 2021

Obama book riddled with 'falsehoods, lies and omissions' - Zionist group demands rewrite

On Feb. 23, the Zionist Organization of America sent a letter to Penguin Random House to complain about the anti-Israel bias in former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land.” The organization has yet to hear back, says ZOA National...

 

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Michigan imam calls to ‘join hands’ with Jews that wish Jerusalem to be retaken (MEMRI via JNS) — A Michigan imam said in a sermon earlier this month that Muslims should not be afraid to join hands with those who share the cause of recapturing...

 

'Weaponized' textbooks in Turkey call Jews and Christians 'infidels'

A new study by the Jerusalem-based watchdog group IMPACT-se shows that school textbooks in Turkey are becoming more Islamicized and now refer to Jews and Christians as “infidels,” JTA reported Thursday. Researchers at the Institute for...

 

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Biden civil rights nominee, under fire from the right, gets some Jewish backing By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for a top civil rights enforcement job, has been targeted in recent weeks as an...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 12, 2021

British lecturer called Jewish students 'pawns' of Israel

(JTA) — About 200 academics from the United Kingdom and the United States have signed a petition defending a British university lecturer who had called Jewish students on his campus “pawns” of Israel, “a violent, racist, foreign regime...

 

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Rep. Lee Zeldin considering run for New York governor By Ron Kampeas (JTA) — Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of two Jewish Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, is considering a run for New York governor in light of scandals engulfing incumbent...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    March 5, 2021

Ruderman foundation, main donor to Jewish inclusion efforts, ends its disability giving

(JTA) — To many in the Jewish world, the Ruderman Family Foundation is synonymous with efforts to increase inclusion for Jews with disabilities. Based in Boston, but active across the United States and in Israel, the foundation has doled out some...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 5, 2021

Netanyahu calls Pelosi to discuss Israel's COVID response

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker, spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel’s COVID-19 response at a time that Israel is under pressure to extend its vaccination program to...

 

Is Bonne Maman an anti-Nazi jam? The Internet wants to think so

(JTA) - The heartwarming story has been hard to miss: A law professor is shopping at his local grocery store when he sees an elderly woman struggling to get her favorite jam from a high shelf. Why...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 5, 2021

Joe and Bibi talked, but what does it all mean? Biden and Israel, the scorecard.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the “scandal” over the new U.S. leader’s failure to pick up the phone came to a quick and cheerful close. The end of the...

 

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as next US ambassador to UN

(JNS) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The final vote was 78-20. The 35-year veteran diplomat and Louisiana native will arrive...

 

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Suspected oil spill may be worst in Israel’s history By Ron Kampeas (JTA) — Israel closed its Mediterranean beaches to deal with what its officials say may be the worst oil spill in the country’s history. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority o...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 26, 2021

Biden and Bibi have good talk

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nearly a month into his first term — a time frame that drew criticism from Republicans for its length. Biden appeared to make up for lost time, at least...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    February 26, 2021

The ongoing battle over illegal construction in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - According to Gabi Harow, a resident of the Israeli settlement of Nokdim in Gush Etzion, there have been massive changes in the landscape since he moved to the community with his family in...

 

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Flagship New Jersey yeshiva cancels Purim celebrations By Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox Jews in Lakewood, New Jersey, are curtailing Purim festivities because of COVID-19. For the first time in 80 years, Beth Medrash Govoha, the...

 

ADL singles out Poland, Hungary, Russia and British Labour Party in Europe anti-Semitism report

(JTA) - Authorities in Poland, Russia, Hungary and some lawmakers in Britain's Labour Party used anti-Semitism for political means, according to the Anti-Defamation League's anti-Semitism report on...

 

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