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  • Egyptian Olympian lashes out after Israeli flag photobombing

    (JTA) — An Egyptian Olympian who appears in a viral photo featuring an Israeli flag said on Facebook that she was photobombed by “dirty” people and there will “never be peace between me and these people in my life.” Doaa Elghobashy, 19, a volleyball player, has been harshly criticized on Arab social media since the…

  • Putin, Netanyahu speak by phone on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

    (JTA) — President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spoke by phone about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process two days after Putin reportedly offered to hold direct talks in Moscow. Putin and Netanyahu also addressed other Middle East concerns, according to Haaretz. Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, said Putin was willing to host…

  • Hezbollah rocket victims lose US suit against Lebanese bank

    (JTA) — A U.S. appeals court ruled against victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks in Israel who wanted to hold a Lebanese bank liable. Wednesday’s 3-0 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York stymied efforts to hold the Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL responsible for financing the Lebanon-based Islamic terrorist group through…

  • Israeli army closes 13 investigations of alleged misconduct during ’14 Gaza war

    (JTA)— The Israel Defense Forces has closed 13 criminal investigations of alleged misconduct during Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza “without undertaking any criminal or disciplinary proceedings.” Among the cases closed by the IDF’s Military Advocate General noted in an update released Wednesday was an investigation of a widely condemned strike near a Rafah school, which…

  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Fighting BDS ‘consistent with progressive values’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that defending Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is “consistent with progressive values.” Speaking Saturday at the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island, de Blasio, a Democrat known as a progressive, said he plans to challenge “people who support BDS … who…

  • Satmar decree bars women from higher education

    (JTA) — Hasidic rabbis from the Satmar sect reportedly have issued a decree barring women from pursuing higher education. The Yiddish-language decree says college education for girls is “dangerous” and “against the Torah,” and that “no girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree,” The Independent online newspaper based in Britain…

  • Tunisian pop star says he unwittingly posed with Arab-Israeli soldier

    (JTA) — A popular Tunisian singer with a following throughout the Arab world is under fire for appearing in a photograph with an Israeli soldier. Responding to critics, Saber Rebai, a judge on the Arabic version of the talent show “The Voice,” said he did not know the soldier, whom he met while Rebai crossed from Jordan…

  • Gaza’s last tiger — and 14 other animals left in zoo deemed ‘world’s worst’ — bound for Jordan

    (JTA) — The last remaining animals in a Gaza zoo deemed “the world’s worst” will be moved to Jordan via Israel. Foreign volunteers with Four Paws, an international animal welfare group, on Tuesday prepared the animals to leave the Khan Yunis Zoo, which has been closed to visitors since 2014, Agence France Press reported. The…

  • Jonathan Pollard to appeal decision on parole requirements

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Jonathan Pollard’s attorney announced plans to appeal a federal court’s ruling not to lift the restrictive parole conditions on the convicted spy for Israel. On Tuesday, Eliot Lauer said he would file a notice of appeal over the Aug. 12 decision in Manhattan District Court, The Jerusalem Post reported. In his…

  • Steven Hill, Orthodox Jewish actor who played ‘Law & Order’ DA, dies at 94

    (JTA) — Steven Hill, an Orthodox Jewish actor best known for playing a Jewish Manhattan district attorney on the hit TV series “Law & Order,” has died at 94. Hill, who sacrificed numerous career opportunities in order to observe Shabbat, died Tuesday in Monsey, New York, Hollywood Reporter said, citing Hill’s son, Rabbi Yehoshua Hill….