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  • Israeli soldier arrested for apparent shooting of prone Palestinian stabber

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon condemned an incident in which an Israeli soldier allegedly shot an incapacitated Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli soldier. The soldier, shown in a video released Thursday by a human rights group, was arrested. The Israel Defense Forces has announced it will conduct an investigation….

  • Microsoft pulls tweeting robot after it expresses admiration for Hitler

    (JTA) — Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.” The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on Wednesday as an experiment in artificial intelligence, or AI, and conversational understanding. But the company was forced…

  • UN voting on creation of database of businesses operating in West Bank, Golan

    (JTA) — The U.N. Human Rights Council will vote on a resolution calling for the creation of a database of businesses operating in the West Bank, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem. The resolution, which is scheduled for a vote Thursday, requests the United Nations’ top human rights official to produce a database of “all business…

  • Eagles of Death Metal to perform in Israel in September

    (JTA) — Eagles of Death Metal, the California band whose Paris concert was attacked by terrorists in November, will perform in Israel. The band, which last performed in Israel in July, is slated to play Tel Aviv’s Hangar 11 as part of a world tour on Sept. 5, according to news reports. Eagles of Death…

  • Netanyahu condemns lawmaker who said Reform Jews are destroying Jewish people

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned comments by Israeli lawmakers who accused Reform Jews of trying to destroy the Jewish people. “Wholesale and ad hominem attacks on any part of the Jewish people are inappropriate and unacceptable,” Netanyahu said Thursday, according to the Jewish Post. On Wednesday, Yigal Guetta, a lawmaker from the Orthodox…

  • U of California leaders adopt report condemning ‘anti-Semitic forms’ of anti-Zionism

    (JTA) — A University of California board of regents committee adopted a set of principles on campus intolerance that condemned anti-Semitism and “anti-Semitic forms” of anti-Zionism. The board’s committee on educational policy unanimously approved the 12-page document “Principles Against Intolerance” on Wednesday, declaring that anti-Semitism has “no place at the University of California.” The full board is…

  • Israeli soldier wounded in Hebron stabbing, 2 attackers killed

    (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was moderately injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank city of Hebron. The soldier was attacked Thursday in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood and was evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital with stab wounds to his shoulder and hand. The two attackers were shot dead by security forces at the…

  • Report: Israel warned Brussels about airport security

    (JTA) — Israel reportedly warned Belgian officials several weeks ago about inadequate security at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport. The warning came from Israeli officials charged with evaluating security standards at airports that operate flights to Tel Aviv, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Wednesday. The Israelis found “significant shortcomings” at the airport, which was the scene of two deadly…

  • Kasich vows not to be ‘neutral’ in defending Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican presidential contender John Kasich, speaking before thousands of Israel activists, took aim at front-runner Donald Trump’s comment that he would remain “neutral” in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace. “We cannot be neutral defending our allies,” Kasich, the governor of Ohio, told the crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in…

  • Bernie Sanders: ‘All options’ on table if Iran cheats on nuclear deal

    (JTA) — In the text of the speech Bernie Sanders would have delivered to the AIPAC conference, the Vermont senator laid out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a rare foray into foreign policy, Sanders said peace would require recognition of Israel’s right to exist and the end of threats to its security….