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Cruz, announcing presidential bid, says he’ll stand unapologetically with Israel

Cruz, announcing presidential bid, says he’ll stand unapologetically with Israel

(JTA) — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized President Barack Obama’s relationship with Israel while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with Israel,” Cruz said during his announcement Monday at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school(…)

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Israel chides ‘absurd’ censure by U.N. women’s panel

Israel chides ‘absurd’ censure by U.N. women’s panel

(JTA) — Israel slammed a U.N. commission’s resolution blaming “the Israeli occupation” for the lack of advancement of Palestinian women in their society. The resolution passed Friday by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is “politically motivated, factually disconnected and morally flawed,” Israeli diplomat Nelly Shiloh said in a speech to the committee(…)

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Netanyahu facing challenges, criticism from Jewish liberals

Netanyahu facing challenges, criticism from Jewish liberals

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing escalating criticism and pressure from the White House, he could use some help from Israel’s erstwhile allies in the American Jewish community — especially those with sway in liberal and Democratic circles. But several leading Jewish liberal critics of(…)

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On election night, remembering when Israelis loved Iran

On election night, remembering when Israelis loved Iran

By Julie Wiener, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — While Israel’s election results were still rolling in, one predominantly Jewish audience in New York was watching Israelis talk about Iran. But the Israelis in the documentary screened Tuesday night at the Center for Jewish History weren’t addressing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program or(…)

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5 takeaways from the Israeli election

5 takeaways from the Israeli election

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (JTA) – In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership. With(…)

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Exit polls: Zionist Union, Likud neck and neck at top

Exit polls: Zionist Union, Likud neck and neck at top

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog. The two parties had 27 seats each, according to the polls by the Channel 1 and Channel 10 television stations. Channel 2 had Likud with 28(…)

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Europe’s undercover yarmulke journalists

Europe’s undercover yarmulke journalists

By Gabe Friedman, JTA World News Service (JTA) — Sending a yarmulke-wearing man out with a hidden video camera to document anti-Semitism on the streets of Europe, particularly in Muslim neighborhoods, is quickly becoming a journalistic trope. First, in January, a reporter wearing a kippah walked around the heavily Muslim neighborhood of Malmo, Sweden, where he(…)

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Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community

Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that vaguely resembles a garage with too small a door. But inside, the gleaming stainless steel(…)

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Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillel International said its president, Eric Fingerhut, was pulling out of J Street’s upcoming annual conference because of the scheduled appearance there of Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator. But J Street isn’t buying it. In a statement Monday, the self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace group said(…)

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Many Muslim pupils resist Holocaust education, Dutch lawmakers hear

Many Muslim pupils resist Holocaust education, Dutch lawmakers hear

The Hague, Netherlands (JTA) — A number of Dutch schools refrain from teaching about the Holocaust because of resistance from Muslim pupils, teachers told lawmakers. The centrist Christian Union party held a roundtable discussion about Holocaust education with teachers and other professionals on March 4 in parliament in The Hague, The Algemeen Dagblad daily reported.(…)

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Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

By Sarah Wildman, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the AIPAC conference, a sea of 16,000 Israel supporters spent their time talking Iran policy amid the swirling controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. To the sidelines fell discussion of the Israeli elections, the peace process and Israeli innovation — as well(…)

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For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

By Alan H. Gill, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian(…)

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Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) – Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland. She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with(…)

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Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) – Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland. She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with(…)

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