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State Dept.'s anti-Semitism monitoring office to be unstaffed as of July 1

WASHINGTON , The U.S. State Department's office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism will be unstaffed as of July 1. A source familiar with the office's workings told JTA that its remaining two staffers, each working half-time or less, would be reassigned as of that date. The Trump administration, ...

Congressional bill named for Elie Wiesel aims to stop genocides

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and named for the late Elie Wiesel aims to improve the U.S. response to emerging or potential genocides. The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 introduced Thursday serves to improve U.S. efforts ...

Sheldon Adelson to give $20 million for West Bank university's expansion

WASHINGTON , American billionaire Sheldon Adelson will provide about $20 million for the major expansion of a West Bank university. Ariel University, located in the settlement of that name, plans to double in size within the next five years, according to a plan promoted by Education Minister ...

Reform movement decries Senate Republicans' health care bill

— The Reform movement sharply criticized a Republican bill in the Senate that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and make severe cuts to Medicaid. On Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed a draft of a measure that would get rid of the legal requirement that most ...

'The Handmaid's Tale' invades the streets of Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV , What are the female slaves of an American Christian theocracy doing in Tel Aviv? Attracting a lot of attention, apparently. Six women dressed as handmaids from Hulu's hit “The Handmaid's Tale” — based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood — silently ...

Thousands of Israeli Wazers report roadkill incidents

JERUSALEM , Some 12,000 Waze users in Israel have reported incidents of roadkill over the last six months in an effort to help save Israeli wildlife. Waze, a popular navigation app, partnered with The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, or SPNI, to determine which Israeli roads are the ...

Nearly 2,000 sign online petition to keep Holocaust denier out of Canada

MONTREAL , An online petition launched by B'nai Brith Canada aiming to prevent an American Holocaust denier from speaking in Toronto has garned nearly 2,000 signatures. Kevin Barrett, who has called the 9/11 attacks an inside job,' is due to address the city's annual Al-Quds Day rally on Saturday. ...

Haredi Orthodox mob in Jerusalem pelts Israeli police with stones, calls soldiers Nazis

JERUSALEM , Haredi Orthodox Jews pelted police with stones, eggs and other objects while the officers tried to remove three Israeli soldiers who were being verbally attacked at evening services in Jerusalem. The three soldiers were in uniform when they entered the synagogue in the haredi Mea Shearim ...

Israel breaks ground on first new settlement in decades

JERUSALEM , Israel broke ground on a new West Bank settlement , its first in more than two decades , to house the evacuated residents of an illegal outpost. Preliminary work began this week on Amichai, meaning “my nation lives,” for the residents of Amona, who were forced to leave in ...

NY federation asks public to vote on next 'Big Idea'

NEW YORK , New York's Jewish federation is launching a “Big Idea” contest and asking the public to vote for the recipient of a $250,000 grant. The contest, whose voting opened Wednesday, will fund a nonprofit with the best idea for making the Jewish community more welcoming and ...

Hitler graffiti on California elementary school not a hate crime, police say

, Police have not classified graffiti referencing Adolf Hitler on a Northern California school as a hate crime. The graffiti was discovered Saturday at the Edison Elementary School in Alameda, which has suffered several anti-Semitic incidents this term, the East Bay Times reported Wednesday. It was ...

Ku Klux Klan still a threat in America, ADL says

WASHINGTON , The Ku Klux Klan still poses a threat to society,' though it is relatively unstable and unorganized, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The findings of an ADL report released this week found that 42 KKK groups are active in 33 states, with an estimate of some 3,000 members. More ...

Otto Warmbier's family hid his Jewishness to aid negotiations with North Korea

— The family of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who died after being sent back comatose to the United States, hid his Jewishness from the public as negotiations for his release took place, a family spokesman said. Warmbier, 22, a Cincinnati native, was ...

Islamic group salutes a Jewish agency for fighting Trump's refugee ban

, HIAS, a Jewish agency that resettles refugees in the United States, was honored by the humanitarian organization Islamic Relief USA for its “tireless work assisting refugees and for standing up against the refugee ban in the court of law.' HIAS was among three organizations and six ...

Jewish group co-sponsors a rally for refugees outside the White House

WASHINGTON , Dozens of refugees, faith leaders and others marked World Refugee Day at a rally outside the White House sponsored in part by the Jewish nonprofit HIAS. World Refugee Day is about who we are as a country and what we stand for,” Melanie Nezer, a senior vice president at HIAS, said ...

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will 'take time'

WASHINGTON , Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” President Donald Trump's top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time ...

Abbas welcomes Latin American Jewish Congress plan to host post-Ramadan meal for Palestinians and Jews

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina , Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed an initiative by the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress to organize a joint Ramadan break-fast meal with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim communities in Buenos Aires. Abbas expressed his agreement in a ...

This man almost killed Hitler: An incredible true story

LOS ANGELES —What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated shortly after his armies invaded Poland to start World War II? How would global — and Jewish — history have played out? The question is not answered directly in the German film 13 Minutes.' But the movie, based on an actual, lone-wolf ...

Israel cuts electricity supply to Gaza for 3rd day per Abbas request

JERUSALEM , Israel cut the electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip for the third day, honoring a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The cuts to Gaza City and southern Gaza were made Wednesday, amounting to a 30 percent cut over the past three days. Gaza residents are getting ...

After realizing 45-year dream of aliyah, couple is surprised by what they find

This story is sponsored by Nefesh B'Nefesh. JERUSALEM — When Joel Zacks and Linda Ginns each first visited Israel, on separate pre-college tours, they fell in love with the country. It was 1968, they were both 18 and had yet to meet. They returned to America, met during freshman orientation at ...

Trump administration reiterates: Israeli settlements do not help the peace process

WASHINGTON , The Trump administration again said that Israel's settlement expansion does not help the peace process. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a media briefing Tuesday spoke about the development of more Israeli settlements in response to a reporter's inquiry. The report asked ...

Frank Lowy, Australian shopping center magnate and Holocaust survivor, is knighted

SYDNEY , Frank Lowy, a Holocaust survivor who fought in Israel's War of Independence and went on to become a billionaire shopping magnate in Australia, was knighted in the United Kingdom as part of the Queen's Birthday Honors. Lowy's knighthood was announced Friday night. He is chairman of the ...

Israeli company that produces water from air launches first pilot program in Florida

, Large parts of Florida are suffering from severe drought, and hurricane season threatens to make things worse. Enter Water-Gen, an Israeli company whose technology captures humidity to extract drinking water from the air. On Monday, the South Florida city of Miami Gardens announced it was ...

Jared Kushner meets with Netanyahu during one-day visit to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM , Jared Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem. Kushner is in Israel for a one-day visit to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials in a bid to push Israel and the Palestinians toward renewed peace talks. This is an opportunity to pursue ...

US calls on UN Security Council to denounce Hamas

WASHINGTON , U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for a United Nations resolution that would condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization. Haley delivered her remarks Tuesday at a Security Council meeting on the Middle East, saying Hamas is a danger to both Israel and the Palestinians. The Security ...

Musicologist Richard Taruskin awarded 'Japanese Nobel'

, Musicologist Richard Taruskin has been awarded a 2017 Kyoto Prize, the Japanese Nobel. Taruskin, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of the six-volume “The Oxford History of Western Music” . In a much-talked-about essay in 1989, he described ...

Amar'e Stoudemire unsure if he will play basketball again in Israel next year

, Amar'e Stoudemire returned to Miami from Israel but does not know if he will be back to play basketball despite applying for citizenship. Stoudemire and his Hapoel Jerusalem club won the Israel Premier League championship last week. “It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the ...

Swastikas painted on walls inside Jerusalem synagogue

JERUSALEM , Swastikas were painted on the walls inside of a synagogue in central Jerusalem. The vandalism was discovered Wednesday morning in the Hasidic Lelov synagogue in the Nachalot neighborhood. Swastikas were painted as well as on the outside walls of nearby apartment buildings. Police said ...

Jon Ossoff loses in crucial Georgia congressional race

WASHINGTON , Karen Handel, a Republican, won a congressional race in Atlanta's suburbs, defeating Jon Ossoff in a contest that Democrats had hoped would wound Donald Trump's presidency. Handel defeated Ossoff, 52.1 to 47.9 percent, with all of the vote reported. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary ...

'Jewish spouses matter,' says a new study. And the intermarriage debate escalates.

NEW YORK , One of the wisest things ever said about intermarriage came from former Atlantic sports columnist Jake Simpson: “No stat could have predicted … the wonder that was David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII.” Granted, Simpson wasn't writing about the high rates of ...

A trove of Nazi-era objects in Argentina stuns investigators

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina , A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evaluated as unprecedented' and the biggest' discovery of its type. The objects, discovered earlier this month in a hidden room of a house in the northern part of the ...

San Francisco State students past and present sue university over alleged atmosphere of anti-Semitism

, A group of former and current Jewish San Francisco State University students and members of the local Jewish community have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the university tolerates and encourages anti-Semitic activity. According to the lawsuit filed Monday by six plaintiffs in San Francisco ...

Ahead of Jared Kushner's visit, Netanyahu struggles to enact West Bank compromises for peace

JERUSALEM – When Jared Kushner arrives in Israel on Wednesday to promote regional peace, he may be tempted to regard his task as pushing a compromise between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But President Donald Trump's point man on the ...

Jared Kushner speaks — and the internet is obsessed

— Jared Kushner has given his first public speech since he became senior aide in charge of everything for President Donald Trump. And it was about as bland, scripted and New Jersey inflected as we expected. Kushner's speech Monday kicked off Technology Week at the White House — it presumably ...

A new website aims to bring Jew-ish millennial women together

— If you're a young Jewish woman — or if you just happen to love “Broad City' or wacky recollections of Jewish summer camp — there's a new website for you. Alma, which was launched Tuesday by 70 Faces Media , aims to be a resource for millennial women navigating the often fun,...

Fewer marriages and fewer children means fewer Jews doing Jewish

, On Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen . At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood. Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were...

Palestinian assailant killed while attempting to stab Israeli soldiers

JERUSALEM , A Palestinian man who attempted to stab Israeli troops at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem was shot and killed, the Israeli army said. On Tuesday, the soldiers were manning the checkpoint between the Jewish settlement of Adam and the Palestinian city of Qalandiya in the central West Bank ...

DC Jewish community to hold vigil for Muslim teen killed in attack

WASHINGTON , The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington will hold a vigil in memory of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed after leaving her mosque with friends in northern Virginia. Now it is time for us to express our deepest sympathy and stand with our brothers and ...

Ehud Olmert suffers suspected heart attack in prison

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, currently serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday with a suspected heart attack. Olmert experienced chest pains and felt ill. After being examined by a prison doctor, he was transferred to Tel ...

Star of David, swastika smeared in feces on Connecticut TV studio

, A Star of David and a swastika were smeared in feces on the window of a television station in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford Jewish leaders on Monday in the hours following the incident called for more security in the city. Workers at the Rich Forum Media Center called police on Monday morning to ...

Jason Greenblatt visits home of slain Israeli policewoman, Western Wall

JERUSALEM , Jason Greenblatt paid a shiva visit to the family of an Israel border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist and visited the Western Wall before meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, arrived ...

British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil

, Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society because of racism. And this time, the problem is hitting nearer to home, said Klaff, 69, a yoga ...

Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea, dies

— Otto Warmbier, an American student who was held in North Korea for over 17 months and returned home comatose to Ohio last week, has died. He was 22. It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” Warmbier's family told ABC News on Monday. ...

Keeping pro-Israel politics bipartisan in an age of polarization

WASHINGTON , America. Bipartisanship. Compulsory. The literal ABCs of Israel's national security doctrine remain Jerusalem's airtight bond with the United States. The tangible friendship expressed for Israel by elected officials at all levels of the U.S. government, the robust cooperation between ...

Heads of national US teachers' unions slam Israel's proposed ban on political opinions in classrooms

NEW YORK — The heads of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors jointly condemned a proposal by Israel's education minister that would bar the expression of political views in classrooms. The 'code of ethics' that the government of Israel is ...

After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel

JERUSALEM – When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time Friday and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials generally dismissed the militant Islamist group's assertion that it was behind the shooting and ...

How the GOP shooting affected an Israeli anti-abortion group's anniversary celebration

WASHINGTON , Speakers at a Washington function for an Israeli group that discourages abortion said the shooting attack on Republican Congress members the day before was a reminder of the sanctity of life. As the world becomes more and more secular, we forget where we came from,” Sen. Rand ...

ADL urges hate crime probe in Virginia killing of Muslim girl

WASHINGTON , The Anti-Defamation League called on authorities to probe the slaying of a Muslim girl in suburban Virginia as a hate crime. We urge the Fairfax County Police Department to investigate the murder as a possible bias crime,” Doron Ezickson, the ADL's Washington, D.C., director, ...

Gal Gadot's husband went viral on Instagram because of this T-shirt

— You can't blame Gal Gadot's husband for feeling a little protective or anxious these days. His wife, the star of the Wonder Woman' film, is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Yaron Versano, a 38-year-old Israeli real estate developer who has been with Gadot for over 10 years, ...

ADL urges hate crime probe in Va. killing of Muslim girl

WASHINGTON , The Anti-Defamation League urged authorities to probe the slaying of a Muslim girl in suburban Virginia as a hate crime. We urge the Fairfax County Police Department to investigate the murder as a possible bias crime,” Doron Ezickson, the ADL's DC director, said in a statement ...