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  • Defense: Accused in Hasidic Brooklyn landlord’s 2014 murder coerced into false confession

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An expert witness said that the man indicted in the 2014 murder of a controversial Hasidic Brooklyn real estate developer may have been coerced into giving a false confession. Kendel Felix, who is accused of participating in the kidnapping and murder of 39-year-old Menachem Stark, has the psychological profile of others who have…

  • NJ township urges Justice Dept. to investigate haredi Orthodox ‘blockbusting’

    (JTA) — A New Jersey township is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate haredi Orthodox community leaders for alleged “blockbusting,” or trying to pressure large numbers of longtime homeowners into selling their property to Orthodox Jews. The incident is the latest example of tensions between a large and growing haredi Orthodox community…

  • Connecticut man being held on weapons charges indicted for online threat to kill Jews

    (JTA) — A Connecticut man with a large stash of weapons in his home has been indicted on charges of threatening online to kill Jews. Kendall Sullivan, 50, of Stamford, who allegedly threatened to “slaughter” Jews and “burn their Synagogue to the ground,” was charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Reuters reported….

  • Right-wing Knesset member: Reform Judaism a ‘fake religion’

    (JTA) — A right-wing Israeli lawmaker known for his controversial statements called Reform Judaism a “fake religion.” Jewish Home party member Bezalel Smotrich, who created a stir in April for saying Jewish women should not have to share hospital rooms with Arab women, made his remarks about the Reform movement on Thursday, The Times of Israel…

  • 36 senators, including Tim Kaine, press to add $320M for Israeli missile defense

    (JTA) — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators that includes Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, is calling on Congress to add $320 million for Israeli missile defense to the Senate version of a defense appropriations bill. Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are leading the effort, which would bring the Senate version…

  • Brooklyn eruv vandalism being investigated as hate crime

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating repeated vandalism of a new eruv in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The NYPD announced the investigation Wednesday concerning the Jewish ritual boundary, which was erected in mid-June by members of the modern Orthodox Kol Israel synagogue, DNAinfo reported. Leaders of…

  • Ban on women singing at South Africa Holocaust memorial ceremony dropped

    (JTA) — Women will no longer be banned from singing at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The South African Center for Religious Equality and Diversity, or SACRED, agreed to drop the complaint it filed in April in the Equality Court of the Western Cape High Court against the Cape Town…

  • Hamas digging 6 miles of terror tunnels per month, Israeli officials say

    (JTA) — Hamas is digging more than six miles of tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel each month and some are undetectable, Israeli defense and diplomatic officials said. Citing a Channel 2 news report quoting unidentified officials, The Times of Israel reported the estimate on Wednesday. “We have no perfect solution” to the threat, the…

  • 88-year-old rabbi injured at Coast Guard ceremony can sue government

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A federal court ruling will allow an 88-year-old New York rabbi to proceed with a negligence lawsuit against the U.S. government. Rabbi William Kloner, a retired rear admiral of the New York Naval Militia and part-time Jewish chaplain for U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, fell while trying to climb a…

  • Memphis Jewish congressman: DNC staffers behind Sanders emails should be fired

    (JTA) — A Jewish congressman from Tennessee said the Democratic National Committee staffers whose leaked emails questioned Bernie Sanders’ religiosity should be fired. “For a party to question his religion, or lack thereof, as a way to defeat that person, those people should resign and if they don’t resign they should be fired,” Rep. Steve…