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Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

By Sara K. Greenberg CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) — I never imagined that a day would come when some of the world’s leading corporations would fund calls for Israel’s destruction, let alone at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But that is exactly what happened last week at Harvard. My invitation to “Harvard Arab Weekend”(…)

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Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News TEL AVIV (JTA) — On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet is set to advance a controversial bill that if passed by the Knesset would enshrine into law Israel’s status as a Jewish state. The nation-state law, as it is being called, has support from much of Israel’s governing coalition but has(…)

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UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

(JNS.org) The undergraduate student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) voted to divest from American companies that do business in Israel. According to the Daily Bruin, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) voted 8-2-2 for the measure that calls for the University of California to divest from American companies that allegedly profit “from(…)

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Terror victims mourned in Jerusalem — and beyond

Terror victims mourned in Jerusalem — and beyond

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — They all lived on the same street. They had all moved there from abroad. They were all rabbis. They all prayed at the same synagogue. And it was at that Jerusalem synagogue that they were all murdered on Tuesday morning. Mosheh Twersky, 59; Kalman Levine, 55;(…)

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Israel to consider relaxing gun laws after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

Israel to consider relaxing gun laws after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

(JNS.org) Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonvitch ordered a probe to examine easing restrictions on gun laws following the gruesome terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead and eight injured on Tuesday. According to a spokesperson for Aharonovitch, the minister would examine easing restrictions for security personnel and ex-military officers, but did(…)

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Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left four dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the Tuesday morning attack, saying(…)

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Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Israelis were killed in a terror attack during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue, including one Druze policeman who died hours after being injured in a shootout. Two Palestinian assailants entered the synagogue and rabbinical seminary in the Har Nof neighborhood of western Jerusalem and attacked worshippers on Tuesday with a gun, axes(…)

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Debate tabled on bill naming Israel national homeland for Jews

Debate tabled on bill naming Israel national homeland for Jews

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee vote on a law to officially make Israel the nation-state of all Jews was postponed. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Hatnua party, on Sunday postponed her ministerial committee for legislation’s vote on the bill known as the Nationality Law. “The explosive situation that exists in the(…)

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Jewish man stabbed with screwdriver in Jerusalem

Jewish man stabbed with screwdriver in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish man was stabbed with a screwdriver in central Jerusalem. The victim, 32, was treated on the scene for stab wounds to his upper body before being taken to Shaarey Zedek Medical Center in the city. The assailant reportedly was a Palestinian youth who was seen fleeing toward the Damascus Gate(…)

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Hasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

Hasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

NEW YORK (JTA) — More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar Hasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the(…)

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What do students learn when a curriculum is based on politics?

What do students learn when a curriculum is based on politics?

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Whether it’s seen as a way to teach students about an under-examined side of a conflict or as an irresponsible attempt at indoctrination, the next battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears to be coming to high school social studies classrooms. Three years in the making and first appearing(…)

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Portland Jewish community shaken by murder-suicide

Portland Jewish community shaken by murder-suicide

(JTA) — A murder-suicide in Portland, Ore., has left two Jewish day school students orphaned. Portland police said that Ian Elias, 47, killed his ex-wife, Nicolette Elias, 46, at her home and then fled across town with his two daughters, ages 8 and 9, the Oregonian newspaper reported Tuesday. After a confrontation with police, Ian(…)

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Youth hockey coach fired for posting Nazi propaganda on Facebook

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) — A youth hockey coach in suburban Vancouver was fired for posting Nazi propaganda on social media. Christopher Maximilian Sandau, 33, was dismissed earlier this month by the North Delta Minor Hockey Association after refusing to remove the posts from his Facebook page, CTV News reported. Sandau also denies the Holocaust. His(…)

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Op-Ed: Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

Op-Ed: Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

By Abraham H. Foxman NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment. In thinking about Kristallnacht, we should also consider the outpouring of violence against Jewish communities(…)

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