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  • British neo-Nazi group names Miss Hitler 2016 winners

    (JTA) — A Scottish woman who said she turned to neo-Nazism after “the Jewish propaganda became too obvious to ignore” was named Miss Hitler 2016. National Action, a British white supremacist group, announced the winners of its contest on Twitter and on its blog earlier this week because Facebook removed the group’s page in May, shortly…

  • 4 pro-Israel NY food co-op members suspended for disrupting 2015 BDS presentation

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago. According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have been suspended for a year for interrupting an April…

  • Orthodox groups file petition to stop egalitarian section at Western Wall

    (JTA) — A group of Orthodox Jewish organizations is hoping Israel’s High Court of Justice will stop a non-Orthodox prayer section from being added to the Western Wall. The group filed an urgent petition Wednesday opposing a government plan that was announced in January but has not yet been implemented, the Kol Hazman news site…

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaii wall irks neighbors

    (JTA) — Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is angering neighbors with the privacy settings he’s building at his Hawaii vacation property. Zuckerberg is building a 6-foot-tall wall around his waterfront property on the island of Kauai, and his neighbors in Kilauea say it is blocking their ocean views and breezes, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday….

  • Istanbul airport terror attack kills 41, injures at least 230; no Israeli casualties reported

    (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to determine whether any Israeli citizens were injured in a suicide bombing Tuesday night in Turkey that killed 41 people and injured at least 230. Three bombers blew themselves up at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the third busiest in Europe, after opening fire at the entrance to the airport’s…

  • Morrissey of Smiths fame returning to Israel in August

    (JTA) — Morrissey, the British singer-songwriter best known for his involvement in The Smiths, will perform two concerts in Israel this summer. The 57-year-old solo musician will play Tel Aviv on Aug. 22 and Caesarea two days later, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Morrissey sold out his most recent concerts in Israel, in 2012….

  • Hundreds turn out for Israel funeral of ex-Hasid who apparently killed herself

    (JTA) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a formerly haredi Orthodox Israeli woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide. Esti Weinstein, 50, was buried in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were discovered in her car at a…

  • Black Brooklyn beating victim sues New York City, Orthodox Jewish security patrol

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A gay African-American man who was beaten, allegedly by a group of Hasidic Jews, in Brooklyn in 2013 is suing New York City and its police department, saying their improper favoring of the Williamsburg neighborhood’s Orthodox security patrol deprived him of equal justice under the law. The victim, Taj Patterson, was expected…

  • London’s Muslim mayor calls for rooting out anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, called for the rooting out of anti-Semitism in his city and in his Labour Party. In an op-ed Monday in The Jerusalem Post, Khan said he wants “to send a message around the world by being the London mayor of Islamic faith who does more…

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing Texas restrictions

    (JTA) — Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, was unconstitutional. The law would have required nearly half…