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  • Bambi Sheleg, trailblazing Israeli journalist, dies at 58

    (JTA) — Bambi Sheleg, a trailblazing Israeli journalist who left a mark on Israeli society with investigative reports published in the magazine she founded and elsewhere, has died. Sheleg, a native of Chile, died Monday following a prolonged illness, the news site Srugim reported. She was 58. A leader of the settler movement and a founder of…

  • Fyvush Finkel, veteran actor with roots in Yiddish theater, dies at 93

    (JTA) — Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, has died at 93. Finkel, who played in the 1990s CBS drama series “Picket Fences” and Fox’s “Boston Public,” died Sunday in his Manhattan home of heart failure, The New York Times reported. Finkel, who spent most of…

  • Jordanian king vows to ‘defend’ Al-Aqsa mosque from Jewish ‘extremists’

    (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed to fight against “repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups.” The king accused Israel of attempting to “violate the sanctity and compromise Al-Aqsa mosque,” and added, “Our responsibility towards the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem is our top priority in the international arena, and…

  • Baton Rouge Jews pray, raise funds for flood victims

    (JTA) — Baton Rouge’s Chabad House launched an emergency fundraising campaign for thousands of people affected by the massive floods that swept across Louisiana. At least five people have perished and more than 20,000 people have been rescued in Louisiana amid floods that began Friday due to heavy rainfall. The deluge brought 6 to 10 inches…

  • ADL slams Belgian teacher honored at Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest

    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League condemned the actions of a former teacher at a prestigious Catholic school in Belgium whose caricature comparing Israel and the Nazis won a prize in Iran’s cartoon contest mocking the Holocaust. “Malice or ignorance” were the teacher’s “only possible explanations for comparing Israel to the Nazis and entering an Iranian Holocaust cartoon…

  • Iraqi intellectuals decry destruction of Jewish statesman’s historic home

    (JTA) — Iraqi intellectuals decried the demolition of a historical building in Baghdad that once housed a Jewish finance minister as a “catastrophe” against historical preservation. The 19th-century villa of Yechezkel Sasson on A-Rashid Street in the Iraqi capital was bulldozed last Friday even though it was earmarked for preservation as a historical monument, the Israeli newspaper Maariv…

  • France slams Israel’s razing of West Bank structure it funded

    (JTA) — France condemned Israel’s demolition of buildings constructed with French funding in a Palestinian village in the West Bank. The razing of agricultural installations in Nebi Samuel last week was the third time this year that buildings funded by French humanitarian aid were demolished or confiscated by Israeli authorities, Reuters quoted a French Foreign Ministry…

  • Haredi father who blocked son’s Jewish divorce must serve prison sentence in Israel

    (JTA) — A haredi man who urged his son to withhold a divorce from his wife must serve time in prison after losing his appeal in Israel’s highest rabbinical court. The High Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem on Monday reaffirmed the father’s 30-day prison sentence, which sets a precedent in that it punishes a third party to…

  • Bar Refaeli gives birth to healthy baby girl

    (JTA) — The Israeli model Bar Refaeli has given birth to her first child — a healthy baby girl. Weighing 7 pounds, the baby was born at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, which is also known as Ichilov Hospital, on Thursday, Israeli media reported. She was named Liv. Refaeli, 31, and her husband, businessman Adi Ezra,…

  • Lawsuit claims US aid to Israel violates nuclear pact

    (JTA) — A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that U.S. aid to Israel is illegal under a law passed in the 1970s that prohibits providing assistance to nuclear powers that do not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, who filed the lawsuit Monday in…