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  • The News Shticker: Bahrain sends U.S. a Jewish ambassador

    Popular web technology blog Mashable will be holding a conference in Israel next week. Over at Jerusalemite, Michael Yaari has 31 facts to celebrate 41 years of Jerusalem’s reunification. The Forward reports on Ivanka Trump’s disappointment in Tel Aviv’s lack of five star accommodations. The San Diego Jewish Journal profiles Shoshanah Jacobs, a nice Jewish…

  • Exclusive: Y-Love and Kosha Dillz, “Just Knowledge”

    Courtesy of Modular Moods Records, The Telegraph is pleased to present the new collaboration between Jewish hip-hop artists Y-Love and Kosha Dillz. Y-Love, who is currently touring internationally, jumping from Jewish conferences to secular hip-hop events, released his debut album This is Babylon earlier this year to rave reviews from mainstream hip-hop publications like XXL,…

  • The News Shticker: NY Mets celebrate Israel, Dunkin’ Donuts yanks keffiyeh spot

    The NY Mets will celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary tonight with a pre-game show featuring Israeli music and dancing plus glatt kosher diggs. I hope the hot dogs aren’t from Agriprocessors… Renowned British artist Stephen Wiltshire has a completed an aerial drawing of Jerusalem. More here. Dunkin’ Donuts pulled a television ad from the airwaves that…

  • The News Shticker: Indiana Jones a Nazi?!

    23/6, the news and humor site, “collected the most racist, and/or uninformed comments about Barack Obama and put them in a quiz,” asking you to identify “Who said it, the rural white, or the old Jew?” Following his denial of entry last week, Israel has officially barred Norman Finkelstein from entering the country for 10…

  • News Shticker

    The Comics Journal has a super-lengthy interview with Will Elder, the recently deceased Mad Magazine illustrator who helped introduce Yiddish humor into the mainstream American cultural landscape. Fresh Jive, the urban street wear company, has drawn the ire of pro-Israel activists over a series of t-shirts in its current line that feature images of Yassir…

  • Jon Voight on his commitment to Jews and Israel

    Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak with Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight who is in Israel for the state’s 60th anniversary festivities. While here, Voight joined Chabad-Lubavitch in welcoming children evacuated from the devastated Chernobyl region of the Former Soviet Union to Israel. I spoke to Mr. Voight about his relationship to…

  • Celebrating 60 years of American-Israeli friendship

    Last night, the President’s Conference reached its climax with an event celebrating the historic relationship between Israel and the United States. In their successive addresses, which were interspersed with musical and (more questionable) dance performances, President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and the event’s chair, American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, celebrated the uniqueness of…

  • Ruth Messinger on the Jews, China & Darfur

    JTA’s Israel correspondent Dina Kraft speaks with American Jewish World Service director Ruth Messinger, who is attending the President’s Conference in Israel, about China’s support for Sudan, Israel’s handling of Sudanese refugees, and the call for Jews to boycott the Beijing Olympics. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the…

  • Stuart Eizenstat on Israel’s resitution problem

    Earlier today, JTA correspondent Dina Kraft had the opportunity to speak with Stuart Eizenstat, who served as an adviser, undersecretary and ambassador under the Clinton and Carter administrations. Mr. Eizenstat discussed Holocaust restitution in Israel, the challenges posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and Jimmy Carter’s recent visit with Hamas. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash…

  • An even briefer interview with Alan Dershowitz

    I bumped into Alan Dershowitz by the espresso bar earlier today and asked him how he was enjoying the conference so far. Here’s what he had to say… Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here.