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  • Ex-leader of Orthodox security patrol charged with bribing NY cops

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A former leader of an Orthodox volunteer security patrol in Brooklyn has been charged in federal court with bribing New York police officers to “expedite” gun permit applications for members of the Orthodox community. Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges Monday after an officer in the New…

  • Tel Aviv rally for soldier accused of manslaughter draws 2,000

    (JTA) — A Tel Aviv rally for the Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a disarmed Palestinian stabber drew approximately 2,000 people on Tuesday night, according to police estimates. The number of demonstrators at the rally in Rabin Square was considerably lower than the tens of thousands anticipated by organizers and police, according to the…

  • JDC mobilizes Ecuador, Japan relief efforts

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is organizing relief efforts in response to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador that has killed at least 272 people and injured more than 2,500. The New York-based JDC said in a statement released Monday that it has begun assessing needs and coordinating relief efforts…

  • Jordan drops Temple Mount video surveillance plan

    (JTA) — Responding to Palestinian objections, Jordan announced Monday that it will not install surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. Jordanian Prime Minister Abudullah Ensour said his country was abandoning the plan, which had been part of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last fall to defuse tensions at the Jerusalem compound,…

  • Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors clash at UN

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors traded barbs during a U.N. Security Council meeting Monday. Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon deviated from his speech at the monthly meeting to demand that the Palestinian representative condemn acts of terrorism, several media outlets reported. “Shame on you for glorifying terrorism!” Danon said. Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour…

  • US, Germany: Golan Heights not part of Israel

    (JTA) — The United States and Germany both criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that the Golan Heights “will forever remain part of Israeli sovereignty.” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part of Israel, despite Netanyahu’s assertion at a Cabinet meeting…

  • Jewish zookeeper, 38, killed by tiger at Florida zoo

    (JTA) — A 38-year-old Jewish zookeeper in Florida described as a “tiger whisperer” was killed Friday afternoon when a 13-year-old Malayan tiger in her care attacked her. Initial reports indicated that Stacey Feige Konwiser, who was preparing for a “Tiger Talk” for patrons at the Palm Beach Zoo scheduled for later that afternoon, was following all…

  • Right-wing Israeli minister calls for Gaza port

    (JTA)— A right-wing Israeli minister spoke out against “shameful” conditions Palestinians experience at Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the Jewish Home party who advocates for Jews having greater access to the Temple Mount, said Friday that the current conditions are a “disgrace to the State of Israel and…

  • NY mosque hosts seder for Jews, Muslims

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Some 100 Jews and Muslims participated in a Passover celebration at a Manhattan mosque. Coordinated by the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, the gathering took place April 14 at the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan in New York, News 4 New York reported. “I don’t believe anything quite like this has happened in…

  • ‘Outrageous’ that college debaters were asked to defend Palestinian stabbing attacks, says ADL

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League said it was “outrageous” that a debate topic at an inter- university debating competition in Atlanta required participants to justify Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. At the U.S. Universities Debating Championship at Morehouse College on Sunday one of the topics was “This House Believes that Palestinian Violence Against…