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  • Prominent Israeli TV journalist: Not sure I want my kids to stay here

    (JTA) — A prominent Israeli military correspondent said on live TV that he was no longer certain he wants his children to stay in Israel. Speaking on Channel 2’s popular Friday night news program, veteran journalist Roni Daniel said, according to The Times of Israel: “After this week, I’m not sure I want my children to remain…

  • UC Irvine chancellor: Anti-Israel protesters ‘crossed the line of civility’

    (JTA) — Anti-Israel student protesters disrupted the screening of a film about the Israel Defense Forces at the University of California, Irvine. Jewish students attending the screening of the Israeli documentary “Beneath the Helmet” Wednesday night, under the auspices of the campus Hillel, had to be escorted away from the scene by campus police, the…

  • British Jewish cemetery vandalized

    (JTA) — Fourteen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in England have been destroyed by vandals. The damage to Blackley Jewish Cemetery in northeast Manchester is believed to have occurred on Wednesday, London’s Jewish Chronicle reported the following day. Manchester police said the vandalism was “a deliberate and targeted attack” and they “will do everything we can to find…

  • Israel announces $77M plan to improve Palestinian checkpoint conditions

    (JTA) — Israel’s finance and defense ministers announced a two-year plan to improve conditions at security checkpoints in the West Bank. Moshe Kahlon and Moshe Yaalon, who is expected to be replaced as defense chief by Avigdor Liberman as part of a shakeup in the governing coalition, said the plan would make checkpoints, which tens…

  • Netanyahu supports 2-state solution, even with Liberman in coalition, Israeli official says

    (JTA) — Responding to Palestinian condemnations of Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as Israel’s defense minister, an unnamed Israeli official said the government will continue to support the two-state solution. “If a coalition is formed, it’s important to note that both [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and Liberman support a solution based on two states for two peoples,”…

  • US, Egypt discuss reviving Mideast peace talks while Netanyahu appoints hard-line minister

    (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to discuss how to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, along with other shared concerns. Meeting in Cairo Wednesday, Kerry “expressed his appreciation for [Sissi’s] recent statement of strong support for advancing Arab-Israeli peace,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement….

  • In pro-Israel victory, Methodists accept recommendation to withdraw from BDS coalition

    (JTA) — Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church recommended withdrawing from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. In a nonbinding vote of 478-318 at its general conference in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday, the church accepted a…

  • Oxford Labour Club must address anti-Semitic ‘difficulties,’ report says

    (JTA) — An investigation of Oxford University’s Labour Club has concluded the group is not anti-Semitic but faces “difficulties” that need addressing. Janet Royall, a British Labour politician, wrote in a report to the party’s National Executive Committee on Tuesday that as a result of her review of the club she would be making 11 recommendations for…

  • Jordanians hired by Eilat hotels in groundbreaking program

    (JTA) — In a first for Jordan-Israel relations, a small group of Jordanian citizens recently gained employment in Israel’s hospitality sector as part of a pilot project negotiated by the two countries. The Washington Post reported Monday that the program, which “very quietly” launched six months ago, currently permits 700 Jordanians to cross the border to work…

  • Brooklyn Hasidim get disproportionate affordable housing, report charges

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn benefit disproportionately from Section 8 housing vouchers, even as other impoverished residents have difficulty obtaining the federal housing subsidy, according to a new report. A joint investigation published Tuesday by WNYC and the New York Daily News found that in several heavily Hasidic sections of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg…