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  • Israeli universities drop in QS international ranking

    (JTA) — Seven Israeli university programs made it into an annual ranking of the world’s top 100 programs in each of 42 subjects, a falloff from the 11  that appeared last year. The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released Tuesday, ranks universities in 42 disciplines. The rankings are based on input…

  • Police probe death of Bob Adelman, civil rights photographer

    (JTA) — Bob Adelman, a photographer best known for documenting the civil rights movement, has died at age 85 under mysterious circumstances. Adelman, who was Jewish, was found dead with a head wound at his home in Miami Beach, Florida, on Saturday afternoon, according to the Miami Herald. His death is being investigated by police,…

  • NY State Senate says it will cut CUNY funding over inaction on anti-Semitism charges

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York State Senate approved a resolution to cut $485 million in funds for the City University of New York system, saying it was to “send a message” that the colleges were not taking enough action in response to campus anti-Semitism. Last week’s vote, following a two-hour debate, came despite…

  • Bernie Sanders trounces Hillary Clinton in overseas primary

    (JTA) — American Democrats living abroad — including in Israel — overwhelmingly preferred Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in a primary for expatriates. Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for American expats, announced Monday that Sanders, I-Vt., received 69 percent of the vote in its primary to 31 percent for Clinton, the former…

  • Dubai security chief: Palestinians should ‘be satisfied with’ binational state

    (JTA) — Dubai’s head of general security said Palestinians should give up on establishing an independent state because such a state would have no chance of succeeding. On Monday, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamil said on Twitter that the Palestinians should instead create a binational state in partnership with Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post….

  • Amy Schumer leaves $1,000 tip at ‘Hamilton’ bar

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The next time Amy Schumer shows up at a restaurant, the wait staff will likely be vying for a chance serve her, and not just in  hopes for an autograph or selfie with the actress-comedian. Schumer, who is Jewish (and the cousin of New York Sen. Charles Schumer), may have set…

  • Israeli soldiers prevent 2 Palestinian stabbing attacks in West Bank

    (JTA) — Israeli soldiers thwarted two planned stabbing attacks within minutes in the West Bank. In an attempted attack Friday afternoon, a Palestinian man tried to stab soldiers at the Etzion Junction in Gush Etzion, according to The Times of Israel. The soldiers shot and killed the assailant. The second incident took place near the Shaar…

  • Top trans activist cancels speech at Brown Hillel after ‘pinkwashing’ campaign

    (JTA) — A prominent African-American transgender activist canceled her scheduled appearance at the Brown University Hillel after facing criticism for allegedly supporting the Jewish group’s “pinkwashing” of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. Janet Mock announced Wednesday that she had canceled her talk scheduled for March 21 at the Providence, Rhode Island, Ivy League school, The…

  • ‘Super racist with a kind heart’ psych patient charged in anti-Semitic hate crime

    (JTA) — A Minnesota psychiatric patient who describes himself as “super racist with a kind heart” was charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching a kippah-wearing Jewish hospital employee in the face. John David Korngable, 55, was charged Thursday in Ramsey County District Court with gross misdemeanor assault motivated by bias, the Twin Cities Pioneer…

  • Report: Israel world’s 11th happiest country

    (JTA) — Israel is the 11th happiest place in the world and happier than the United States, according to a new study. Among the 156 countries ranked in the World Happiness Report conducted by University of British Columbia researchers, Israel placed 11th, two spots ahead of the United States. Denmark was the happiest, followed by Switzerland,…