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  • New immigrants’ soccer team hopes to beat Israel at its own game

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – “Vamos!” “Pass it!” “Ladrao!” For most of the match on a local field Friday, the Inter Aliyah Club soccer players speak a variety of languages. But when the ball hits the back of the opposing team’s net, they join in soccer’s universal victory cry: “Goooal!” Inter Aliyah, a team of Jewish immigrants to…

  • Why Netanyahu is threatening to dissolve the government over a TV station

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – What is “Bibi” up to? That was the question many in Israel were asking Sunday morning after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly threatened to bring down his own government to cancel reforms to state media. According to Hebrew reports, Netanyahu told ministers on Saturday that unless the creation of a new government-funded broadcaster…

  • Groundbreaking TV comedy introduces Israelis to their Ethiopian neighbors

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Last week, Israelis for the first time saw a black lead character on a homegrown, primetime television show. “Nevsu,” a half-hour comedy, focuses on an Ethiopian man who is married to an Ashkenazi Jewish woman. Misunderstanding ensues. “There is definitely a lot of cultural confusion in the show,” Yosi Vasa, the star and…

  • Arab Israeli Facebook star teams up with Ben Stiller to feed Somalia

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Arab Israeli Facebook star Nuseir Yassin wants you to help him “steal a plane.” It’s for a good cause. In a video Thursday, he laid out a plan to get Turkish Airlines to fly food to Somalia, where over 6 million people need are at risk of starvation. Joined by Ben Stiller and…

  • Team Israel baseball gear a home run with kvelling American Jewish fans

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — A couple weeks ago, Adam Atkins didn’t know Israel had a baseball team. But since the squad started winning games last week in the World Baseball Classic, he has become a fan. Atkins and his friends wanted team caps, but were frustrated to discover they were sold out online. “The only thing…

  • They’re just like us — 5 Israeli politicians who went wild on Purim

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Like most of us, Israeli politicians spend most of the year trying to be taken seriously. On Purim, they get the same chance as Jews everywhere to let off a little steam by dressing up in ridiculous costumes. The difference, of course, is that as public figures the scrutiny never stops — especially…

  • Iranian foreign minister calls Netanyahu’s Purim story ‘fake history’

    (JTA) — Iran’s foreign minister accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “fake history” for saying that Iran sought the annihilation of the Jews, just as had ancient Persia in the Purim story. “To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history & falsifying Torah. Force of…

  • ADL announces plans for Silicon Valley center to combat hate online

    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League will build a Silicon Valley “command center” to combat online hate speech and harassment, the group’s CEO announced. Jonathan Greenblatt made the announcement Sunday at the South by Southwest music and media festival in Austin, Texas. He said the ADL secured seed funding for the project from Omidyar Network, a self-styled…

  • How Israeli women turned this Purim into a feminist holiday

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Wonder Woman, Rosie the Riveter and a female Israeli fighter pilot walked into a bar. They were just a few of the heroines out in Tel Aviv Saturday for the night of Purim. With International Women’s Day falling a day before the holiday weekend this year, women all over Israel dressed up…

  • France’s conservatives apologize for ‘anti-Semitic’ attack on rival presidential candidate

    (JTA) — Francois Fillon’s conservative political party apologized for tweeting an apparently anti-Semitic caricature of rival presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. The Republican Party’s apology on Sunday came a day after Fillon slammed the image as “unacceptable.” He said he understood the outrage it had caused “because it evoked the images of a dark period of our…