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  • 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…

  • 3 DNC staffers in leaked Bernie Sanders exchange resign

    (JTA) — Three high-ranking staffers at the Democratic National Committee have resigned amid the email controversy that forced their boss, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign last week. Chief executive Amy Dacey, Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall and Communications Director Luis Miranda will leave later this week, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The three were…

  • 6 teachers at Tel Aviv haredi school indicted for severe child abuse

    (JTA) — Six haredi Orthodox teachers were indicted for abusing and assaulting children at the Hasidic school in Tel Aviv where they worked. The teachers, all men, were indicted at Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. One, Avraham Rosenfeld, 49, was also charged with sexually assaulting a child under 16,…

  • Historic Jewish site near Mosul, Nahum’s Tomb, said to be at risk of collapsing

    (JTA) — An ancient Jewish site located just 30 miles from Islamic State-controlled Mosul is at risk of collapsing, a representative of Kurdish Jewry says. Sherzan Omer, Kurdish Jewry’s representative in the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs at Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said the biblical prophet Nahum’s tomb, which is in the town of…

  • Bill Clinton eulogizes Mark Weiner at temple funeral service

    (JTA) — Saying “No one will ever think of him for more than 30 seconds without breaking into a smile,” former President Bill Clinton delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Mark Weiner, a longtime Democratic activist and fundraiser. Clinton’s wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — along with other prominent political leaders — also…

  • Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron, released from prison after 7 years

    (JTA) — The son of Hollywood star and “Jewish Nobel Prize” winner Michael Douglas was released from federal prison following a seven-year sentence. A convicted drug dealer, Cameron Douglas, 37, got out of jail on Monday and was released to a New York halfway house, the Times of Israel reported. Douglas, who like his father…

  • Family of ‘The Pianist’ wins suit against book alleging Jewish musician had Nazi ties

    (JTA) — The family of the late Polish-Jewish man whose story inspired the Academy Award-winning 2002 film “The Pianist” has won on appeal a defamation suit over claims that he was a Nazi collaborator. According to Agence France Press, the widow and son of Wladyslaw Szpilman said Monday they have won their suit against the…