The Jewish World

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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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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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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Netanyahu to Congress: Deal with Iran paves way to bomb

Netanyahu to Congress: Deal with Iran paves way to bomb

(JTA) — In his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East. “This deal has two major concessions: One, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program, and two, lifting the restrictions on(…)

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Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

By JTA World News Service Full text of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress, March 3, 2015. As delivered: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing a joint meeting of Congress; here is a complete transcript of his remarks. NETANYAHU: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you… (APPLAUSE) … Speaker of the(…)

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Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told top Senate Democrats he regretted that his planned address to the U.S. Congress is being perceived as partisan, as President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said the speech was “destructive.” Netanyahu wrote Tuesday to decline an invitation from Sens. Dick Durbin(…)

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Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

By Julie Wiener, JTA World News Service Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” HonestReporting.com described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.” Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods upon Gaza’s already beleaguered residents has released a torrent(…)

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