The Jewish Nation

Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

By Suzanne Pollak and Geoffrey W. Melada, JTA/Washington Jewish Week Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands(…)

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Neighbor charged in killing of three Muslims in North Carolina

Neighbor charged in killing of three Muslims in North Carolina

(JTA) – A neighbor was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslims near the University of North Carolina. The victims in the Tuesday night shooting included a newlywed couple — UNC dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21. Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, a 19-year-old undergraduate at(…)

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Stanford student senate defeats Israel divestment measure

Stanford student senate defeats Israel divestment measure

(JTA) — The Stanford University student senate defeated an Israel divestment resolution. On Tuesday night, the Associated Students of Stanford University had nine votes for the measure and five against, with one abstention. But to pass, the measure required 66 percent of the senators to approve and finished with 64 percent. The resolution called on(…)

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Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – The controversy over whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month is worrying pro-Israel Democrats about its possible impact on the 2016 elections. Even more worrisome, some Democrats say, are the voter trends underpinning the current tensions. The invitation to Netanyahu(…)

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U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — The University of California Student Association passed two resolutions urging the university to divest from several countries, including Israel, the United States and Mexico. On Sunday, the association’s board of directors cited human rights violations in several countries in backing measures that urged the University of California Board of Regents to(…)

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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue

Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness and concern. They just didn’t do so publicly. Statements condemning violence are normally made after formal(…)

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At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

(JTA) — Two swastikas were spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity’s house at the University of California, Davis, two days after the student senate passed a divestment resolution targeting Israel. The swastikas were painted on the off-campus house of Alpha Epsilon Pi sometime early Saturday morning. “I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that this happened(…)

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