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    (JTA) — Teenage hecklers interrupted a South African Jewish school’s performance of a play about the Holocaust with chants of “Heil Hitler!” and other anti-Semitic taunts. Middle-school children from the King David Victory Park School were performing “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” on May 18 as part of a one-act play festival at Waterstone College, a…

  • Joe Lieberman withdraws from consideration as Trump’s FBI director

    (JTA) — Former Sen. Joe Lieberman withdrew his name from consideration to replace James Comey as FBI director. In a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump, first obtained by Politico, Lieberman cited Trump’s selection of attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him in various investigations. Lieberman is employed by the legal firm of which Kasowitz is a name…

  • Argentine site’s analysis of Nisman investigation shortlisted for media prize

    (JTA) — An Argentine news outlet’s investigation into the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman was shortlisted for the global Data Journalism Awards. The nominees were announced Tuesday in London. La Nacion Data Argentina analyzed 40,000 audio recordings from the tapped phone of an Iranian agent over two years, publishing the findings and developing a news app to search…

  • Meeting with Abbas, Trump calls Manchester attackers ‘evil losers’

    (JTA) — Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as “evil losers.” “So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term,”…

  • Israeli spy Shulamit Cohen-Kishik dies at 100

    (JTA) — Shulamit “Shula” Cohen-Kishik, a a spy for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency who worked undercover in Lebanon for 14 years, has died at 100. Cohen-Kishik, who was codenamed “The Pearl,” died Sunday at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native was raised by Zionist parents who moved the family to prestate Israel. She married Joseph Kishik, a wealthy Jewish-Lebanese…

  • Alan Mintz, Hebrew literature scholar and one-time student activist, is dead at 69

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Alan Mintz, a professor of Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and, as a student in the the 1960s and 1970s, a leader of a movement of young Jews who sought to infuse organized Jewish life with the activist spirit of the era, has died. The cause was a heart attack,…

  • All 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement

    (JTA) — Governors of all 50 states have signed a pledge to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Organized by the American Jewish Committee, the Governors United Against BDS statement declares that “the goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states, our support for…

  • Northwestern students mourn terror victims ahead of Rasmea Odeh talk

    (JTA) — Jewish students at Northwestern University organized a vigil for two Israeli students killed in a 1969 bombing ahead of a campus talk by a Palestinian activist convicted of participating in the terrorist attack. Rasmea Odeh, who spent 10 years in an Israeli prison for her role in the attack, spoke Monday at the university outside…

  • Second accuser alleges sexual assault by New Jersey rabbi

    (JTA) — A second accuser has come forward in the case of a Jewish teacher and youth group director being held in central New Jersey for the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy. Additional charges were filed against Rabbi Menachem Chinn on May 2 in Mercer County after the second accuser, now an adult,…

  • Former chief rabbi of Israel guilty in fake credentials scheme

    (JTA) — A former chief rabbi of Israel, Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, was convicted of issuing fake rabbinic credentials to 1,500 police and security services employees, who used them to apply for pay raises. On Monday, Bakshi-Doron was found guilty in Jerusalem District Court of fraud, falsifying documents and breach of trust, The Times of Israel reported. Sentencing has not yet…