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  • Natalie Portman teams up with ‘Homeland,’ ‘Friends’ producers on HBO miniseries

    (JTA) — Natalie Portman will star in and executive produce an HBO miniseries adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler’s 2014 novel “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” The Israeli-born actress is working together with “Friends” producer Marta Kaufmann and Kaufman’s production company Okay Goodnight, IndieWire reported Friday. Gideon Raff, the Israeli producer of the hit show…

  • Israel denies Obama’s assertion that it now supports Iran deal

    (JTA) — Vigorously disputing President Obama’s claim that Israeli officials now support the Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s Defense Ministry compared last year’s deal to the Munich Agreement of 1938. Responding to comments Obama made Thursday saying that Israeli defense officials now back the deal — which lifts sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear…

  • Israeli teen injured in London stabbing says she will continue trip, won’t ‘start worrying’

    (JTA) — The Israeli teen injured in a London stabbing attack in which an American woman was killed said she plans to continue her visit in the UK capital and will not “start worrying.” Yovel Lewkowski, 18, of Tel Aviv, was one of five people injured when a Norwegian citizen of Somalian ancestry went on a stabbing…

  • Ex-JCC day camp counselor pleads guilty to distributing child porn

    (JTA) — A former counselor at a JCC day camp in suburban Detroit pleaded guilty to sharing pictures of nude boys online. Matthew Kuppe, who was arrested last August after federal officials raided his home, pleaded guilty Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Kuppe, 21, is accused of posting photos of naked boys on a…

  • 11 Israeli victims of ’72 Munich Olympic massacre officially commemorated in Rio

    (JTA) — More than four decades after they were held hostage and then murdered, the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre were commemorated in an official International Olympic Committee ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony was held at a memorial site in the Olympic Village in Rio, the Jerusalem Post reported. Called the…

  • Israeli firm claims it hacked ISIS forum where group plans attacks

    (JTA) — An Israeli cyberintelligence company claims it has hacked Islamic State communications and learned about the group’s plans to attack U.S. air bases in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Intsights, which is run by former Israel Defense Forces intelligence officers and based in Herzliya, said Wednesday it had hacked the forum on which ISIS…

  • Black Lives Matter platform says Israel an ‘apartheid state’ committing ‘genocide’

    (JTA) — The wide-ranging new platform of a coalition growing out of the Black Lives Matter movement includes harsh criticism of Israel, which it describes as an “apartheid state” that, it claims, perpetrates “genocide” against the Palestinian people. Released Monday, the platform of the Movement for Black Lives calls for “an end to the war against Black…

  • Oberlin prof who posted anti-Semitic remarks put on paid leave, won’t teach this fall

    (JTA) — An Oberlin professor whose anti-Semitic social media posts outraged many alumni and faculty earlier this year has been placed on paid leave. Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric, will not teach any courses at the Ohio liberal arts school until an internal investigation is completed, Oberlin President Marvin Krislov announced, the Cleveland…

  • NY State Fair to sell deep-fried matzah balls — and they’re kosher

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Kosher-observant Jews will, for the first time ever, be able to buy food at the New York State Fair this summer. And not just any food, but deep-fried matzah balls with ranch dressing. According to Syracuse.com, The Oaks at Menorah Park in Syracuse will be the first certified kosher food vendor…

  • Jewish veterans group slams Trump over attacks on Muslim war hero’s family

    (JTA) — The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. condemned Donald Trump’s “objectionable remarks” about the family of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq. In a sharply worded news release issued Tuesday, the group joined a growing chorus of individuals and groups speaking out about the Republican presidential nominee’s response to the speech Humayun Khan’s…