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  • Trump aide: Holocaust statement criticism is ‘asinine’

    (JTA) — A deputy assistant to Donald Trump said that criticism of the White House statement on the Holocaust that omitted Jews was motivated solely by a desire to attack the president. Sebastian Gorka lashed out after being asked Monday by conservative talk show host Michael Medved if he would acknowledge that it was “questionable”…

  • Cambridge U Jewish student leaders ‘deeply concerned’ about recent campus anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Jewish student leaders at Cambridge University in England said they were “deeply concerned” about recent anti-Semitic activities at the school. Jewish Society Co-Presidents Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger told the student newspaper, the Varsity, they were in touch with campus police and Britain’s Community Security Trust following the appearance over the weekend of…

  • Ticketmaster launches in Israel

    (JTA) — The U.S. entertainment company Live Nation announced it has acquired a stake in an Israeli concert promotion business and launched Ticketmaster Israel. The Los Angeles-based company purchased a majority stake in Tel Aviv’s Bluestone Entertainment, Billboard reported Tuesday, and the two companies have partnered on the launch of the popular ticketing site in…

  • White supremacist fliers found at Indiana University

    (JTA) — Indiana University said it contacted the FBI after white supremacist fliers were found posted on the Bloomington campus. In a statement Tuesday, Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said the fliers were put up “by a group that identifies with white supremacy” and targeted minority faculty members. “Posted under cover of darkness,…

  • NFL players to visit Israel, play exhibition game

    (JTA) — A group of National Football Leaguers will visit Israel and play an exhibition game against a squad from the Israel Football Association. Israel’s tourism and public diplomacy ministries announced the trip on Sunday, The Times of Israel reported. The NFL delegation, which is due to arrive next week in the Jewish state, will…

  • Poll: Half of Israeli Jews unsure about continued settlement construction

    (JTA) — A new poll found that 50 percent of Israelis are hesitant about expanding construction in the settlements. The Peace Index, a monthly survey of Israeli opinion conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute, reported Tuesday that half of Israeli Jews are sure that settlement expansion is unwise or think it might be. Another 45…

  • Swastikas remain on dozens of trees in upstate NY town months after first report

    (JTA) — Swastikas and Nazi slogans remain on dozens of trees in an upstate New York town months after they were first reported to local police. Police in Clarkstown, in Rockland County, say they are continuing to investigate the vandalism, which was first brought to their attention on July 24, the Journal News reported. No arrests…

  • Israeli Cabinet ministers warn of possible escalation in Gaza

    (JTA) — Two Israeli Cabinet ministers warned of a possible escalation along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that a conflict in Gaza is a “matter of when, not if,” The Times of Israel reported. And in an interview the same day with Army Radio, Housing Minister Yoav Galant,…

  • Iran’s Khamenei says ‘demonstration’ coming Feb. 10 in response to Trump

    (JTA) — The supreme leader of Iran shot back at President Donald Trump, who warned Iran last week that it was “on notice” for testing a ballistic missile. In a speech to military officers in Tehran on Tuesday, Ali Khamenei said a response to Trump’s threats is forthcoming, according to a report on Khamenei’s website….

  • Leading Jewish lawmaker in Britain: Trump should not be invited to address Parliament

    (JTA) — The Jewish speaker of Britain’s House of Commons said President Donald Trump should not be welcomed to address the British Parliament. “Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall,” John Bercow told his colleagues on Monday, referring to…