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  • Israel raises Turkey terror threat assessment, tells citizens to leave ASAP

    (JTA) — In a strongly worded statement, Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged all Israelis in Turkey to leave as soon as possible. The statement Friday night said, “Following a situational assessment, we are reiterating and sharpening the high level of threat in Turkey,” the Times of Israel reported. “Real and immediate terror threats remain throughout the…

  • Reconstructionist offshoot forms over intermarried rabbis, BDS

    (JTA) — Nineteen Reconstructionist rabbis are forming their own group partly to protest the movement’s recent decision to allow intermarried rabbis. In a statement Thursday, the rabbis announced the formation of Beit Kaplan-the Rabbinic Partnership for Jewish Peoplehood, which they described as an “educational consortium and resource for rabbis, congregations, and lay people wishing to continue…

  • Geraldo raps Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ comments as ‘anti-Semitic’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Several commentators, including former talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, are blasting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s remarks earlier this year about “New York values” as anti-Semitic. Rivera, who is Jewish, said Thursday night on “The O’Reilly Factor” that Cruz’s use of the term “New York values” has “stinking anti-Semitic implications.” READ: Ted…

  • Thanks to viral video, Holocaust survivor gets wish to sing at Detroit Tigers game

    (JTA) — An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game after her granddaughter circulated a video of her that went viral online. Amid a flood of requests on her behalf, the Tigers invited Hermina Hirsch to fulfill her bucket list wish by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at their May…

  • 93-year-old Auschwitz guard dies a week before trial

    (JTA) — A former SS guard died a week before he was scheduled to go on trial for his alleged role in the murder of more than 1,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Ernest Tremmel’s death was announced Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported. Tremmel, 93, was scheduled to go on trial…

  • Palestinians circulating new UN resolution condemning settlements

    (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is circulating to U.N. Security Council members a draft resolution condemning Israeli building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The resolution, which P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly is hoping to bring to a vote in two weeks, was reported Thursday by Haaretz, which cited Western diplomats and senior Palestinian officials….

  • 4 NY cops who allegedly took bribes from 2 businessmen disciplined

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York Police Department has put two high-ranking officers on modified assignment and transferred two others after an FBI investigation turned up evidence indicating they had accepted cash and expensive gifts from two businessman, including one politically active in Borough Park’s Orthodox community. Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post said…

  • Muslim mayoral candidate in London slams Labour for failing to address anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — The Labour Party candidate in London’s mayoral race, a Muslim, said he is “embarrassed” and “sorrowful” about his party’s failure to take on anti-Semitism. Sadiq Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, said Tuesday in a speech at a London Jewish community center that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn needs to be “trained about what…

  • Israel braces for annual Anonymous cyberattack

    (JTA) — Israel’s security agencies are bracing for potential cyberattacks on Thursday. Agence France Press reported that the country is on high alert in anticipation of attacks by the international hacker group Anonymous, which targets Israel each year on April 7 as a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians. Since 2013, the group has targeted…

  • Stanford student leader: It’s not anti-Semitic to claim Jews control media, economy

    (JTA) — A member of Stanford University’s Student Senate argued that it is “not anti-Semitism” to claim Jews control “the media, economy, government and other social institutions.” Gabriel Knight, a junior, made the remark at a Student Senate meeting Tuesday addressing a proposed resolution on anti-Semitism, according to the Stanford Daily, the main campus newspaper. Knight…