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  • Kahane’s widow: Jewish extremists ‘have nothing to do with’ Kahane’s ideology

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Her husband was assassinated and her grandson is in prison. But Libby Kahane, widow of the late far-right Rabbi Meir Kahane, has remained faithful to her husband’s ideology. She repeats his call for Israel to expel its Arab population. She believes the Israeli left, Jewish media and some American Jews – particularly…

  • WATCH: Hitler comedy ‘Look Who’s Back’ coming to Netflix

    (JTA) — A German satirical movie about Adolf Hitler coming back to life in modern-day Germany will appear on the Netflix streaming service in April. “Look Who’s Back,” which was released last year in Germany and grossed more than $20 million, according to news reports, is based on a 2012 book of the same name…

  • Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers. Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest and died of his wounds Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel, citing Palestinian reports. He was from the al-Aroub refugee…

  • Knesset’s Tzipi Livni: Treat international media as ‘hostile arena’

    TEL AVIV (JTA) —  The chair of a Knesset subcommittee said “We must treat the international media arena as a hostile arena” in the wake of a controversial headline on the killing of an Israeli policewoman. Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union party made the remark at a session Tuesday convened by the Foreign Affairs…

  • Women of the Wall service grows to 100 worshippers following Western Wall deal

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Women of the Wall drew 100 women to its monthly service — more than its typical attendance — a week and a half after the adoption of a compromise over the future of prayer at the Western Wall. Haredi Orthodox protesters shouted insults at the worshippers Wednesday, according to a news release from…

  • Israel, EU in secret talks following decision on settlement labeling

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel and the European Union reportedly are engaging in secret talks on repairing their relationship following the EU’s decision to label products made in Israeli settlements. According to a report in Haaretz, Helga Schmid, a senior adviser to EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, came to Israel last week for a secret…

  • Court rejects Olmert plea deal, adds a month to prison term

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — A Jerusalem court rejected a plea deal for ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and added a month to his prison sentence for his conviction on corruption charges. The Jerusalem District Court rejected the deal on Wednesday, sending Olmert to prison for 19 months on three charges — two counts of obstruction…

  • In all-Chabad Israeli village, Brooklyn meets country living

    The Hasidic movement’s “capital city” near Tel Aviv is home to 6,000 Chabadniks — and a replica of the 770 brownstone.

  • 50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz

    Shaar Haamakim, the Israeli kibbutz where Sanders lived for several months in 1963, was driven by communist ideology and celebrated May Day.

  • From Groucho Marx to Seinfeld, Jewish jokes dominate top 100 list

    Just 2 percent of the U.S. population, Jews had a hand in no fewer than 50 of New York magazine’s “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.”