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  • Hummus in 70 percent of Israeli refrigerators, poll shows

    (JTA) — More than 90 percent of Israelis say they eat hummus at least once a week, and nearly 70 percent currently have some in their refrigerator. A survey conducted by the Geocartography Institute for credit card company Diners Card and the Hummus Abu Ghosh restaurant also found that more than half of Israelis like…

  • London’s Muslim mayor reaffirms plan for Israel trip

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan, who was sworn in as London’s first Muslim mayor last week, reiterated plans to lead a trade delegation to Israel. In an interview with London’s The Jewish News published Monday, Khan, the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital city and London’s first Labour Party mayor in eight years, also said he believes…

  • 2 Israelis in JPMorgan Chase cyber fraud case to be extradited

    (JTA) — Two Israelis indicted in a massive cyber attack against JPMorgan Chase will be extradited to the United States. Gery Shalon, 32, and Ziv Orenstein, 41, were arrested in Israel in July and will be extradited following a U.S. request, Israel’s Justice Ministry announced Monday, Agence France Press reported. The ministry did not say exactly when…

  • Ernest Michel, Auschwitz survivor and longtime Jewish leader, dies at 92

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ernest (Ernie) Michel, who after surviving Auschwitz and a forced death march went on to become a prominent American Jewish communal leader, has died at 92. Michel died at his home in Manhattan on Saturday. He worked as a Jewish communal professional for more than 60 years, joining the staff of…

  • NYC landlord whose son berated Uber driver in viral video charged with fraud

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A Jewish New Yorker who regularly appeared on “worst landlords” lists — and whose son recently drew headlines for verbally abusing an Uber driver in a viral video — has been charged with 20 felonies. Steven Croman, who owns more than 140 apartment buildings in Manhattan, surrendered on multiple felony charges…

  • Would-be Florida synagogue bomber has mental problems from car wreck, says cousin

    (JTA) — A Florida man accused of planning to bomb a Miami-area synagogue last week has had psychiatric problems since suffering head injuries in a car accident, his family said. James Gonzalo Medina, a 40-year-old convert to Islam from Hollywood, Florida, was arrested by the FBI last week, while carrying what he thought was a…

  • Labour’s Sadiq Khan, a critic of anti-Semitism in his party, elected first Muslim mayor of London

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan was elected as the first-ever Muslim mayor of London, rising above his Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal. Khan won with 44 percent of the vote to Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith’s 35 percent, according to The Guardian. The remaining votes went to candidates from smaller parties, such as the Green Party. A self-described moderate…

  • Far-right lawmaker: Israeli ‘revenge’ against Palestinians could’ve prevented Jewish violence

    (JTA) — A right-wing Israeli lawmaker with a history of making controversial statements said if the Israeli government had taken revenge on Palestinians, individual acts of violence could have been prevented. In particular, state-directed vengeance could have prevented the July 2015 firebombing that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, as well as the murder of Palestinian…

  • The new Han Solo is Jewish – and he was discovered at a bat mitzvah

    The next time you’re kvetching about having to go to another bar or bat mitzvah, think about this: Steven Spielberg could be there, and he could make you a star. That’s how it worked out for Alden Ehrenreich, who is reportedly finalizing negotiations to be the next Han Solo. Ehrenreich, who is Jewish, is set…

  • Israeli flag burned at Kiev Holocaust memorial on Yom Hashoah

    (JTA) — A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday. The flag burning near the Babi Yar ravine, where 30,000 Jews were murdered over the course of two days in September 1941, was captured on surveillance video, Interfax-Ukraine reported. Kiev…