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  • Bronze for judo is Israel’s first Rio Olympics medal

    (JTA) — Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to medal at the Rio Olympics, bringing home a bronze in the women’s 63-kg judo competition. Gerbi defeated Miku Tashiro of Japan on Tuesday for Israel’s first Olympic medal since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  She had also beaten China’s Yang Junxia and lost to Brazil’s Mariana…

  • Jewish lawmaker in Britain threatens to quit Labour over anti-Semitism issue

    (JTA) — Parry Mitchell, a Jewish member of Britain’s House of Lords, said he will resign if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as Labour Party leader. Writing Tuesday in The Times of London, Mitchell said a report which found that anti-Semitism is not endemic in Britain’s Labour Party was an “insipid whitewash” and vowed to leave the party if…

  • 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….