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  • Bernie Sanders to lay off ‘hundreds’ of staffers

    (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he plans to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers throughout the country a day after winning just one of five primaries on Tuesday. Sanders, the first Jewish candidate to win major nominating contests, told The New York Times that he is focusing his campaign on winning the…

  • Israeli-American restaurateur’s ‘Zahav’ named James Beard book of the year

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A book about Israeli cuisine won book of the year at the prestigious James Beard Awards for food writing. Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook’s “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking” won Book of the Year and was also named best book in the international category at the James Beard Foundation‘s  2016 Book,…

  • UK’s Labour suspends lawmaker for Facebook post calling for Israel’s relocation

    (JTA) — A British Parliament member who in a 2014 Facebook post called for relocating the entire State of Israel to the United States has been suspended from the Labour Party. Naz Shah, who is Muslim, was suspended Wednesday by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a day after she resigned from her post as private secretary to the…

  • Romania expected to pass Holocaust restitution bill

    (JTA) — Legislation that will make it easier for Holocaust survivors to press restitution claims is expected to pass in Romania’s parliament next week. Lawmakers said Tuesday they expect the bill, which removes barriers to claiming property, to succeed, Reuters reported. Much of the Jewish property confiscated in Romania during the Holocaust was later taken…

  • NYU president: Grad students’ BDS resolution ‘contrary to our core principles’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The president of New York University said the school will not acquiesce to its graduate student union’s recent demand that the university cut its Israel ties. “A boycott of Israeli academics and institutions is contrary to our core principles of academic freedom, antithetical to the free exchange of ideas and at…

  • 11 Jewish Harvard Law students defend peer who called Livni ‘smelly’

    (JTA) — Eleven Jewish students and recent alumni of the Harvard Law School have signed a letter defending the law student who asked former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni why she is “so smelly.” In a letter to the Harvard Law Record, the students defend “our friend and peer” Husam El-Qoulaq, whose comment at an…

  • Fugitive Hasidic rabbi in South African prison over Passover

    (JTA) — A fugitive Hasidic rabbi charged with sex abuse is spending Passover in a South African prison while authorities determine whether or not to extradite him to Israel. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 78, was arrested in early April in Johannesburg, four years after first fleeing sex abuse charges in Israel. A founder of the Shuvu…

  • Young Palestinians skeptical of negotiations and supportive of violence, poll finds

    (JTA) — The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic…

  • Martin Gray, author of best-selling Holocaust memoir, dies at 93

    (JTA) — Martin Gray, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor whose memoir about his experiences during World War II inspired a successful TV miniseries, has died at 93. Gray was found in the swimming pool of his second home in Ciney, Belgium, but officials said no foul play was suspected, the BBC reported. In 1971, the Warsaw native…

  • Family makes restitution claim on Israel Museum’s Nazi-looted ‘Birds’ Head Haggadah’

    (JTA) — The grandchildren of a German Jewish lawmaker killed in the Holocaust are demanding the Israel Museum hand over a historic Haggadah that they say is rightfully theirs. According to The Associated Press, grandchildren of Ludwig Marum say that the museum’s “Birds’ Head Haggadah,” believed to be the world’s oldest illustrated Haggadah, was stolen…