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  • 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…

  • 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…