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  • Former child actor Corey Feldman says he was molested, friend raped in Hollywood

    (JTA) — Amid reports on pedophilia rings in Hollywood, former child-actor Corey Feldman said he and another boy were molested in their youth by people in show business. Feldman, star of such iconic 1980s movies as “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me” and “The Lost Boys,” said this during an interview published Wednesday with The Hollywood Reporter. “With me, there were…

  • 2nd Israeli cabinet minister quits in protest of Netanyahu policies

    (JTA) — Israel’s environmental protection minister resigned, citing the recent dismissal of former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and disagreements on policy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Avi Gabai, a member of the center-right Kulanu party, announced his resignation on Friday, a week after Yaalon resigned following Netanyahu’s decision to replace him as defense minister with Avigdor…

  • German minister lifts opposition to Jewish delegate on art restitution body

    (JTA) — In a reversal,  Germany’s culture minister said she favors including a Jewish community representative on the country’s controversial committee for restitution of Nazi-looted art. Minister Monika Grütters said she supported adding a Jewish delegate during a meeting Tuesday with Yehuda Teichtal, a rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin. Teichtal’s office announced her decision on Thursday following…

  • Teenage mom in Israel says she was harassed while breastfeeding

    (JTA) — A teenage mother in Israel said she was harassed and assaulted while breastfeeding her baby at a municipal building in Ashdod. The alleged victim, a 17-year-old woman identified by Israel’s Channel 2 only as A., called police on Sunday to the Kidum Noar facility for youths in Ashdod where she is studying for a matriculation exam…

  • London’s Muslim mayor joins pledge to fight anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan endorsed a pledge cosigned by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism. Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May 5 mayoral election by a broad majority, recently informed the Board of Deputies of British Jews of his decision to join the Mayors United Against…

  • State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

    (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesman said this “raises legitimate questions” about the direction in which Israel is headed. Mark Toner said this Wednesday, hours after the signing of a coalition deal that will install hardline settler…

  • French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

    (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the prosecutors’ appeal against the May 12 release of Hassan Diab, a Lebanon-born university lecturer in…

  • Amsterdam kosher restaurant stabbing not a hate crime, police say

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The stabbing of a woman at a kosher restaurant here was not a hate crime, police said. The attack Monday night at Grand Cafe Rimon, which resulted in moderate injuries to the victim and ended with the arrest of the suspected assailant, was the act of a person who appeared mentally unstable, a…

  • Why scientists are fighting about the origins of Yiddish – and the Jews

    (JTA) — Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one. The bad news is the science has been widely dismissed as junk. The Yoda reference appears in a video in which a a 36-year-old Israeli linguist at…

  • Israel opens pavillion at World Humanitarian Summit

    (JTA) — An Israeli delegation led by a top diplomat arrived in Turkey to represent Israel at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, cut the ribbon of the Israeli pavilion at the summit on Tuesday. The summit takes place in Istanbul, is organized by the United Nations and aims to reinvigorate…