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  • Sears to pull ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from site amid complaints

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Sears says it will remove a line of clothing featuring the slogan “Free Palestine” from its website. The clothing was offered for sale by a another company, Spreadshirt Collection, and included tank tops, t-shirts and hoodies featuring a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The clothing was offered for sale through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform…

  • Six must-read articles about the Six-Day War

    NEW YORK (JTA) — If you’ve been reading the opinion pages of America’s major newspapers recently, you probably know the Six-Day War broke out 50 years ago this week. The war’s broad, profound and lasting effects have been rehashed time and again: Israel decisively defeated its Arab enemies, vastly expanded its territory, gained control of Judaism’s holiest…

  • Roger Waters: ‘I have made every effort to engage’ with Radiohead on BDS

    (JTA) — Roger Waters said he personally reached out to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke requesting that the band cancel its upcoming show in Israel. Waters, the Pink Floyd bassist who is a leading proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, responded Monday to an interview Yorke gave to Rolling Stone last week in which he…

  • UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

    NEW YORK (JTA) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War. The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian…

  • Ship named for Gabby Giffords to be commissioned next week

    (JTA) — A United States Navy warship named for Gabby Giffords will be put to sea next week. The ship will be officially named Gabrielle Giffords in honor of the Arizona Democratic congresswoman who survived a 2011 gunshot wound to the head. It will be the first Navy ship named after a living woman in 160…

  • Aly Raisman is the most famous Jewish athlete, according to ESPN

    (JTA) — Three Olympic gold medals. Six total. Captain of the victorious 2012 and 2016 U.S. women’s gymnastics teams. Now Aly Raisman can add one more accolade to her list: Most famous Jewish athlete in the world. Raisman, 23, the two-time U.S. Olympian from Massachusetts, is the only Jew on ESPN’s 2017 list of the 100…

  • Israel’s government is right-wing. But it’s taking climate change seriously.

    (JTA) — One of Israel’s strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn’t about the peace process. It didn’t concern Trump’s broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported leak of Israeli intelligence. It was about climate change. After President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris accords, the landmark 2015 agreement to…

  • How Michael Bloomberg is defying Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of American governors, mayors, universities and businesses that remain committed to fulfilling the United States’ obligations under the deal. The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged 15 million to the United Nations’ efforts…

  • Jared Kushner: What you need to know about the scandal engulfing Donald Trump’s son-in-law

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner was once hailed as the key to Donald Trump’s surprise election victory. Now Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser is at the center of the biggest controversy plaguing the administration: its ties to Russia. Kushner is facing heat following reports of two meetings with figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democrats…

  • More synagogues are getting rid of their mandatory dues

    NEW YORK (JTA) — “Voluntary dues” may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea may soon be coming to a synagogue near you. According to a new study by the UJA-Federation of New York, the number of non-Orthodox synagogues nationwide that have eliminated fixed annual dues has more than doubled in the past two years. Instead…