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  • Police break up 3 illegal demonstrations in Jerusalem, 2 involving Temple Mount

    (JTA) — Israeli police arrested 15 people as they broke up multiple illegal demonstrations Thursday in Jerusalem. In separate incidents on Israel’s Independence Day, right-wing Jews tried to march to the Temple Mount and formed a human chain blocking access to the Damascus Gate. In addition, police stopped several dozen Israeli Arabs affiliated with the…

  • Jewish-Muslim couple’s California cafe to fight Islamophobia suit

    (JTA) — A California cafe founded and owned by a Jewish and Muslim husband and wife plans to countersue after being accused of discriminating against Muslim patrons. Urth Caffe, an artisanal coffee shop and restaurant with six Southern California locations, was accused in a suit filed May 2 of forcing seven women to leave its…

  • Playwright Tony Kushner accuses Toronto federation of ‘McCarthyism’

    (JTA) — Award-winning Jewish playwright Tony Kushner accused Toronto’s Jewish federation of “McCarthyism” for disassociating itself from his appearance under the auspices of a beneficiary agency. In an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper published a day before his May 9 speech for the Koffler Centre for the Arts, Kushner — best known for…

  • Reebok retreats from ‘Israel 68’ sneaker, says it was announced in error

    (JTA) — Reebok announced — and then quickly rescinded — plans to sell a special-edition sneaker commemorating Israel’s 68th birthday. On Tuesday, one day after Reebok Israel said it would market a blue-and-white sneaker engraved with “Israel 68” as a collector’s item for sale in Israel and internationally, the sportswear firm said the announcement had been…

  • Arizona JCC evacuated after bomb threat

    (JTA) — A Jewish community center in suburban Phoenix was temporarily evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in on Wednesday. The East Valley JCC in Chandler, Arizona, received the anonymous threat in the morning, Fox10 Phoenix reported. Police arrived on the scene soon after, evacuating the facility as well as nearby businesses. In addition,…

  • At Independence Day launch, Knesset speaker decries ‘offensive discourse’

    (JTA) — Israelis shifted from mourning to celebrating as Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) ended and Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) began. The country’s 68th birthday kicked off with an annual torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Wednesday evening. In the opening address at the ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke out about the country’s social…

  • Israeli population 10 times larger than at state’s founding

    (JTA) — The population of Israel has grown more than tenfold since the state’s establishment in 1948. In statistics released to coincide with Israeli Independence Day, which begins Wednesday night, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported that Israel has 8.52 million residents, compared to 806,000 in 1948. In the past year alone, Israel’s population has grown…

  • Would-be Florida synagogue bomber denied bail

    (JTA) — The South Florida man accused of plotting to bomb a Miami-area synagogue was denied bail on Tuesday. At a bail hearing in U.S. District Court in Miami, the judge ruled that James Gonzalo Medina, 40, is a flight risk and a danger to the community. If convicted, he faces life in prison. His…

  • West Bank explosion injures Israeli soldier

    (JTA) — An Israeli army officer was injured in an explosion Tuesday night at a West Bank checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The Israel Defense Forces has not yet said what caused the explosion outside the Palestinian village of Hizme, according to the Times of Israel. The victim suffered a head injury but is fully conscious, the…

  • Brooklyn yeshiva bus arson accomplices sought by NYPD

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York police are searching for four boys who allegedly helped an 11-year-old boy set a school bus on fire outside a Brooklyn Jewish girls’ school. Police released surveillance images of the boys on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported. On Monday, the 11-year-old was charged with criminal mischief as…