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  • ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ invades the streets of Tel Aviv

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — 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 wandered the streets of the city Thursday to…

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

    (JTA) — 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 launching a pilot program with the company to address its water problems —…

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

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – 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 conflict will also discover how Netanyahu has struggled…

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

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – 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 stabbing in Jerusalem that left a 23-year-old…

  • Israel’s first outdoor preschool incorporates switchblades and scorpions

    MITZPE RAMON, Israel (JTA) – It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet every weekday during the school year, setting them free to cook on a campfire, whittle sticks with switchblades and search for scorpions. Class…

  • Israel may ban political opinions in college classrooms — and professors are furious

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s minister of education says he wants to protect students from political coercion in the classroom. But critics of a new code of academic conduct he is proposing say it’s a power play meant to stifle left-wing opinions in higher education. The code of ethics for institutes of higher education, which would…

  • Watch Israeli soldiers rescue a ‘sinking ship’ in a live simulation

    HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — Israeli warships are very rarely sunk, but the Navy isn’t taking any chances. On Thursday, three soldiers performed a simulation for JTA of rescuing a sinking vessel. Over the course of about 15 minutes, they fought off the water rushing into the “flooding simulator” at the Navy Training Base in Haifa. “It is an…

  • Rocker Courtney Love calls Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour an anti-Semitic terrorist

    (JTA) — Courtney Love called Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour an “anti-Semitic terrorist” in a series of tweets. “I won’t follow anything thats being led by an anti-Semetic[sic] terrorist that’s using feminism as a tool to promote her radicalism,” the controversial musician, who is known for fronting the 90s band Hole and being married to late Nirvana…

  • Israel’s defense minister proclaims peace closer than ever

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel is “far closer” to an agreement with the Palestinians than it has ever been before. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV station Thursday, Liberman expressed confidence that an offer of normalized relations with Arab states would bring the government and people of Israel on board. “We…

  • Israeli support for gay marriage is at an all-time high

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Ahead of Tel Aviv Pride, 79 percent of Israelis Jews told pollsters they support allowing same-sex marriage or civil unions for gay couples. According to Hiddush, the religious pluralism group that commissioned the poll released Thursday, public support for allowing gay couples to marry in Israel has reached an all-time high. The…