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  • West Bank Jewish resident charged with inciting attacks on Israeli soldiers

    (JTA) — A 24-year-old Jewish woman from the West Bank settlement of Yizhar was charged with incitement for online comments in support of attacks on Israeli soldiers and Arabs. Eliraz Fein was arrested two years ago for participating in an online discussion in which she said it was permissible under Jewish law to use potentially lethal…

  • Trump adviser reportedly meets senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem

    (JTA) — David Friedman, an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, visited Jerusalem and met with senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office. According to a report in Haaretz, a senior government official told the newspaper that Friedman had sought the meeting and that to maintain balance, an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

  • Israeli judo star loses out on Olympic medal

    (JTA) — Sagi Muki of Israel failed to medal in the judo under-73 kg weight class after advancing to the semifinals at the Rio Olympics. Muki lost to Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia in the bronze medal match on Monday after losing earlier in the day to Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov in the semifinals. The Israeli finished in…

  • Boston protesters call on community relations group to retract criticism of Black Lives Matter platform

    (JTA) — A group of activists demanded the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council retract its recent statement criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement’s platform. According to a statement from the Jewish anti-occupation group IfNotNow, some 50 people gathered at the council’s Boston offices on Monday to express their support for Black Lives Matter. “We refuse to follow…

  • Amar’e Stoudemire says he turned down ‘a lot of money’ to play in Israel

    (JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire, the former NBA star whose two-year deal with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem was announced last week, said he could have stayed in the NBA, but elected to play in the Jewish state instead. “I turned down a lot of money in the NBA to play for Israel, so it’s not about…

  • American Nazi leader: Trump victory would be ‘real opportunity’ for white nationalists

    (JTA) — The chairman of the American Nazi Party said on his radio program that a Donald Trump victory in November would present a “real opportunity” for white supremacist groups to build political coalitions. “Now, if Trump does win, okay, it’s going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists, acting intelligently to…

  • International Olympic Committee warns Lebanon over bus incident

    (JTA) — The International Olympic Committee reportedly reprimanded the head of the Lebanese delegation over an incident in which he blocked Israeli Olympians from boarding a bus. At a hearing Sunday, the IOC committee warned Salim al-Haj Nakoula that it would not accept a similar incident, the Jerusalem Post reported. The incident in question occurred Friday, when Nakoula blocked…

  • 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…