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  • New head of Anne Frank Center wants a rights agenda as aggressive as he is

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When the 2015 movie “Freeheld” came out, featuring Steve Carell as the real-life LGBT rights activist Steven Goldstein, Goldstein sang its praises to publication after publication. How did he really feel? “It was painful to watch,” he told JTA last week. “I detested the movie from the first time I saw…

  • Tel Aviv attack site holds Shabbat service

    (JTA) — Sarona Market, the site of Wednesday’s shooting in Tel Aviv that left four dead and six wounded, held a prayer service to demonstrate solidarity with the victims’ families. The Kabbalat Shabbat prayer at the central Tel Aviv pedestrian mall Friday afternoon was a Reform service, according to a Sarona spokesperson, including singers and musical instruments….

  • An attack on my Israeli neighborhood, 6,000 miles away

    Had the attack happened two weeks ago, I would have jumped out of my chair, thrown my laptop and camera in my bag, grabbed two pens and run across the street — straight to the scene of the shooting. It was a drill that became second nature to me during four years of reporting in…

  • ADL offers $2,500 reward to find perpetrators of assault on Muslim man

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of people who assaulted a Muslim man in New York City. Mohamed Rasheed Khan, 59, was riding his bicycle outside the Center for Islamic Studies in Queens last week when he was assaulted by three unidentified assailants, according…

  • Praised and reviled, Cuomo’s anti-BDS order seen as game changer by both sides

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order opposing BDS shouldn’t have made a splash — but it did. A handful of states had already passed similar measures opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. So had the New York State Senate — though the State Assembly version has been stalled since…

  • The Koch brothers could lose the millions they made off Bernie Madoff. Does it matter politically?

    Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the few who invested in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and won. Now, the Republican megadonors may have to return that money. An important ruling is expected in coming weeks on a lawsuit demanding they give back the $21.5 million they made on their investment. Whether the lawsuit will mean anything…

  • For Israel and the Palestinians, the peace plans just keep coming

    (JTA) — Here a plan, there a plan, everywhere a peace plan. Conditions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority may not exactly seem conducive to peace — Israel just formed what may be its most right-wing government ever, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is aging and becoming less popular. Yet peace plans have been coming at…

  • Non-Orthodox leaders ‘frustrated’ after meeting with Netanyahu on Western Wall deal

    (JTA) — The landmark compromise over the future of the Western Wall remains unresolved following a tense meeting Wednesday between Reform and Conservative leaders and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Participants at the meeting said Netanyahu reaffirmed his support for a deal creating a designated prayer section for non-Orthodox worshippers, but did not promise to oppose changes demanded by his haredi…

  • Tony Blair: Sunni states ready to normalize Israel relations on basis of Arab Peace Initiative

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunni Muslim countries are ready to normalize ties with Israel should Israel negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative. The Arab Peace Initiative, first proposed in 2002 and reaffirmed in recent years, calls for full…

  • Coexistence group raises more than $18,000 for beaten Bedouin Israeli

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — An organization advocating Jewish-Arab coexistence has raised more than $18,500 in a crowdfunding drive for a Bedouin Israeli who was beaten by off-duty police officers. The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality began the drive after Maisam Abu Alqian, 19, a Bedouin student from southern Israel, was beaten outside a Tel…