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  • Israeli-Palestinian meat smuggling ring busted

    (JTA) — Nine people, Israelis and Palestinians, have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling unsafe meat into Israel from the Palestinian territories and selling it, with forged kashrut certifications, to Israeli restaurants. The arrests Monday followed an investigation by the Israel Police and three Israeli ministries: agriculture, finance and health, Ynet reported. Additional arrests are expected….

  • UN allows Israel exhibit to include censored panel on Zionism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An exhibition on Israel at the United Nations headquarters will include a panel on Zionism, one of three that the international body had previously deemed “inappropriate.” Calling the reinstated panel a “clear win for Israeli diplomacy and a victory for the truth about Israel,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United…

  • Citing Hamas violation, Israel temporarily blocks Gaza cement imports

    (JTA) — Israel has temporarily barred cement and other construction materials from entering the Gaza Strip after finding that Hamas was diverting some of the materials for its own use. The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT, said the cement freeze went into effect on Sunday, the Times of Israel reported. According to…

  • Anti-Semitic graffiti left in predominantly Jewish building in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — The lobby of an apartment building in a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. A resident of a six-story building in Borough Park reported the graffiti, which said “F— Jews,” to the New York Police Department’s 66th Precinct on Sunday, JPUpdates reported. The precinct is investigating with the department’s…

  • Hamas says it holds 2 Israeli captives, remains of 2 soldiers

    (JTA) — Hamas said for the first time that it is holding two Israeli men and the remains of two Israeli soldiers. The Islamist group’s military wing released a televised statement Friday through official Hamas media, The Jerusalem Post reported. The statement said the group is demanding Israeli concessions in exchange for information about the condition…

  • Kiryas Joel delivery man charged for anti-Semitic graffiti

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A man who allegedly sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti inside a residential building in the upstate New York Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. New York State Police on Thursday arrested James Blazeski, 24. He was arraigned in the Village of Monroe Court and remanded to Orange County jail,…

  • Abbas: PA ‘on the brink of collapse,’ Israel should share intelligence info

    (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is “on the brink of collapse,” its president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli TV. In an interview with Channel 2 broadcast Thursday night, Abbas also warned of “chaos” if the security cooperation between the P.A. and Israel stops. “There will be rifles and explosions and armed militants everywhere,” Abbas said, according…

  • Shmuley Boteach selling New Jersey ‘manor’ for $3.5M

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” is seeking to sell his mansion in suburban New York City. Boteach, the author of such books as “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Adultery,” and his wife are asking $3.5 million for their eight-bedroom home in Englewood, New Jersey, according to NorthJersey.com. READ: What do…

  • Disney, Haim Saban invest $15M in media company co-founded by Olmert’s son

    (JTA) — Playbuzz, a media company co-founded by the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, has raised $15 million in funding, most of it from billionaire Israeli-American mogul Haim Saban and the Walt Disney Co. The company, which provides a platform for media companies to create quizzes and other interactive features, said in a…

  • Garry Shandling to have Buddhist funeral

    (JTA) — Garry Shandling, the award-winning American Jewish comedian who died last week at 66, will have a Buddhist funeral. The service, which Shandling had arranged secretly, will take place next month, TMZ reported. The cause of his March 24 death is still unknown. According to the celebrity gossip site, “He was never very vocal…